An innovative element of this project consists in the integration of non-academic partners whose role is declined in three dimensions: technical support (survey and analysis tools), public in training, members of local civil society associations participating in the project in a process of co-production and research-action. Two french partners was part of the first training session, and we identified two soudanese and international civil society partners that will join us for the second training session.
The NGO CartONG has been chosen for its skills in information and data management for development and social action projects and for its experience in accompanying participatory mapping workshops for Master students (https://www.cartong.org/fr ). Clémence Beugnot (inclusive project coordinator for CartONG) has carried out workshops for the teaching team during the exploratory phase (2020) and will participate in the training sessions in Sudan (2021) in order to initiate the audience in the tool of participatory cartography.
The association SOS South Sudan, created by Alyza Monchy, was selected for its attention to gender relations in intersection with issues of ethnic and statutory affiliation, and for its experience in research-creation and co-production. Alice Franck (president of the association) will facilitate relations between the academic and non-academic worlds, by articulating her associative involvement and her priority role in the coordination of training sessions.
The Observatory for Food Sovereignty and Environment (OSAE) is a Tunisian non-profit association, independent of any political, religious, private or governmental structures. Its activities include research, awareness raising, advocacy and training for citizens, civil society, youth, students, researchers and decision makers on agricultural, food and environmental issues. Founded by Habib Ayeb (Professor emeritus in geography at the University of Paris 8), the association will be represented by the participation of one of its affiliated researchers, François Ireton, a socio-economist specialising in Egypt and Sudan, in the second training session.