At the end of the workshop the participants had successfully designed five proposals on the following environmental issues: water conservation, latrine building, community health awareness, environmental awareness, and solid waste recycling.

Follow-Up

Six months after the workshop took place, an evaluation was held to assess its impact on the NGOs and CDAs. They were mostly positive about the workshop and some had taken significant action to assist communities to improve their environments. Fine-tuning of the training programme to the needs of different NGOs with varying levels of skills and experience appeared to be among the important lessons learnt.

Some examples of community based environmental projects subsequently undertaken by the participating NGOs and CDAs are:

  • Solid waste collection service by the CDAs in Kolongeel and Gedelah villages, Dakahleya Governorate.
  • Environmental awareness-raising in Dakahleya Governorate through religious leaders by the El-Iman village NGO.
  • Development of an environmental curriculum for literacy classes by Caritas in Sohag Governorate.
  • An environmental conference organised by the Association for Environmental Preservation and Development in Sohag Governorate including community tree planting.
  • The Association for Children with Special Needs obtained funds from the European Union to implement a number of rural environmental projects.
In late 1998/early 1999 negotiations were ongoing between the Sohag City Council and the Women’s Affairs and Training Association regarding possible involvement of the latter in a door-to-door waste collection service in part of Sohag City.

The concept of training and exchange of experiences through field visits was taken up by some of the participants as well. The Social Development Fund, one of the funding agencies attending the training, organised field visits for CDAs in Mansoura to local community-based projects. Among these was a visit to the waste collection service managed by Gedelah village CDA. El-Iman CDA organised meetings with other religious CDAs in Dakahleya Governorate to encourage replication of the environmental awareness project.

ACHIEVEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
  • NGOs improved their skills to identify and prepare more effective proposals for community-based environmental projects.
  • The need to demonstrate ongoing sustainability for any proposed projects was clearly understood.
  • Awareness has been raised on the need to exchange information and share experiences, especially between organisations working in the same field.
  • Some of the projects designed during the workshop have already secured funding.
  • More community-based environmental projects have been designed and implemented in Sohag and Dakahleya Governorate, benefitting rural and urban low-income communities.

  • The need to strengthen partnerships between NGOs, CDAs and governmental agencies was also recognised.

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