SCoPE is a startup recently created in Togo's capital city, Lomé. With 1,4 million inhabitants, the city is also facing many issues related to plastic and electronic waste, which is often abandoned. Combining IT and recycling technics, SCoPE aims at improving the waste collection, waste sorting and recycling systems in Lomé. The startup is incubated within the WoeLab ("woe" means do it in ewe). Woelab, the "small electronic democracy", is the first FabLab in Togo which develops high-tech products such as a 3D-Printer out of recycled materials. Our impact study for SCoPE will spand over 6 weeks in November and December 2018.
Rabat's farmers market: agroecology and organic farming in peri-urban areas,
in Rabat (Morocco).
Rabat's farmers market is an organisation cofounded by producers and consumers of agroecological products. Agroecology is an alternative to conventional farming methods where fruits, vegetables and plants are grown without any inputs. Whilst large farms and intensive farming has been favored by government plans for now several decades in Morocco, these producers chose to start selling their agroecological and/or organic products in a weekly market, thus contributing to recreating bounds between the farmers and the customers and between rural and urban areas. Our impact study, conducted in partnership with the RIAM (the Network of Agroecological Initiatives in Morocco) helped understanding the benefits of such an association for both consumers and producers and will hopefully help them grow.
Challenges of participation and the appropriation of public space in Aubervilliers (France)
The 104 BARBUS Garden was created three years ago (2015) by the association UpUpUp. It is a project to support the local community in its attempts to turn the forsaken spaces down their homes into appropriated common spaces. These outdoor spaces, situated between social housing buildings (at 104, rue Henri Barbusse in Aubervilliers, Paris) has become a place for expression and participation since 2015 with a collective garden, participative paintings on the walls, community events, in partnership with local organisation. UpUpUp thus incubates local dynamics and make inclusive and participative projects with the inhabitants, accompanying them towards autonomy so that they can carry community projects on their own.
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