Chris Cheupe, April 2018
SPACES spent lots of effort in order to disseminate information with the hope of improving the wellbeing of the people in the study communities. Impact activities which aim at bringing change at the community have been done using both top down (high level workshops) and bottom up (community feedback meeting and dialogue) approaches.
With regard to these impact activities the communities have seemingly done a lot which have remained undocumented. Due to this, it is difficult to gauge the progress and challenges faced by the community members in their effort to apply the knowledge generated from the impact activities.
SPACES project has collected data in the Kenyan coastal sites including Kongowea, Vanga, Shimoni areas and Tsunza. The project has also conducted feedback meeting with these communities with an aim of disseminating its key findings. Apart from generously sharing data with the team members, the community continued with the support of sharing their recommendations with the SPACES team. The findings plus community recommendations were share up with impact actors during 1-1 meetings. Some of the actors showed interest to accompany SPACES team to the community to share with them the services they offer so as to increase the uptake of their services by the community members.
Youth enterprise development fund (YEDF) was taken to meet Tsunza community during an event known as ‘international mangroves day’. Tsunza community organizations with partnership with Community Action for Nature Conservation (CANCO) hosted this colourful event. Here the SPACES team had an opportunity to introduce the YEDF to the community to market their services which were welcomed with two arms.
Some months later, SPACES had an interest in knowing what has been going on at the ground. The team managed to meet leaders of 5 groups in Tsunza including Comtouch Kenya, Jambo puppeteers youth group, Njota njema disabled group, Gandini youth network, Ruchika self-help group. Surprisingly, Tsunza community has done amazing work as a result of their interaction with SPACES activities.
During the Community feedback and dialogue meetings in Tsunza, community members came up with several suggestions and solutions to some of the key issues they face. The suggestions included 1.) capacity building on aspects like alternative livelihood activities, women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship skills, alternative fishing techniques, mangrove conservation, 2.) support on fish storage facilities, modern fishing gears, improving infrastructure and 3.) access to financial institutions, markets, education, and mangrove licenses.
Since change starts from individual. The Tsunza community made various initiatives to bring change to the larger community as a result of the knowledge obtained from the SPACES. So far several achievements have been realized. These are:
- A lot of women have joined saving groups and around 10 groups in Tsunza have been formed and able to open bank account and started saving.
- The campaigns of environmental protection has taken root in this area which has led to the community members embracing conservation initiatives ; stopping cutting down trees and charcoal burning and encourage trees planting evident by increase establishment of trees nurseries in almost each household in Tsunza so as to recover the degraded areas.
- COMTOUCH Kenya have been able to write proposal and secure funds which facilitated the setting up of Community Forest Association (CFA) conservation program on mangroves and they are about to submit another proposal to SwedBio. In addition, the group was able to share the SPACES findings with the Public Complaints Committee (PCC).The Public Complaints Committee (PCC) is established under Section 31 of the Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act (EMCA) 1999 to investigate allegations or complaints regarding the condition of the environment or on its own motion, suspected cases of environmental degradation and to make reports of its findings and recommendations thereon to the National Environment Council (NEC).
- Group formation for fishers and they have encouraged saving and applying for funding
- Nyota Njema Disable group has been registered and assist its members on identifying livelihood activities they can engage in. They also offer soft loans to members, up to 3 times of their savings/contributions i.e. if a member’s savings is 500, they can be lend up to 1500. The group also offer internal capacity building on saving, entrepreneurial skills amongst themselves. More so, they have gained courage and find it easy to approach other stakeholders. E.g. they approached the county government of Kwale and applied for funds and got Kshs. 100,000. They shared amongst themselves to uplift their individual small business and the remaining money was used to upgrade their Income Generating Activity (IGA)-poultry farming.
- Jambo puppeteers
They have started income generating activities (IGAs) of trading in clothes and fish. They have approached Community Action for Nature Conservation (CANCO) to get supported with funds to do awareness to the community. They are in the process of applying loan from the County Government of Kwale (they have sent someone to pick the application forms)
- Ruchika self-help group
The group have visited Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) constituency office in Kinango to enquire more on loan application
- Gandini Youth Network
The network was advised to form smaller groups by the YEDF officer Kinango so that they may be able to get loans. YEDF don’t issue loans to big groups.
The groups are currently on the process of getting the necessary supporting documents required by YEDF in order to access loans to start small business. The Suggested business ideas are Leso/Khangas and vegetables trading by Jambo Puppeteers, Poultry and Prawns trading by Ruchika self-help, Oysters trading by Gandini youth Network and Traditional poultry farming by Nyota njema disable group.
The community groups promised to continue to spread the information obtained from SPACES project to other groups and the entire Tsunza community so as to take positive measures to improve their wellbeing. The community also feel there is need for continuous sharing information especial from research findings in order to strengthen their capacities.
Finally, there seem to be a lot going on behind the scenes which needs to be uncovered. The communities are doing amazing unrecognized work. Therefore measures needs to be done to capture this interesting work which could motivate someone somewhere.
New MOOC on ‘Transforming development’ launched by Stockholm Resilience Centre and partners, featuring SPACES outputs
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SPACES Data Explorer
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Report from 1:1 Meetings in Mozambique
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Report from 1:1 Meetings in Kenya
pdf link About This report summarizes the 1-1 meetings that SPACES team members conducted with 20+ key stakeholders in Kenya. The one on one meetings offered a free atmosphere to share and discuss SPACES Project findings and community dialogue feedback. The stakeholders were able to interrogate the research findings and the feedback from community dialogue […]
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Impact Story: Upscaling a successful carbon offset project in Vanga
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Community Dialogue Reports
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Using the future to make better decisions in the present in Cabo delgado SPACES Workshop Report, Pemba, Mozambique 15-17th September 2015
Portuguese(2.1 MB) English Executive Summary SPACES organized a three-day workshop with the title “Using the future to make better decisions in the present” at Raphael’s hotel in Pemba, Mozambique, from 15 to 17 September 2015, which gathered a wide range of organizations including experts in poverty alleviation and sustainable resource management from government, community organizations, […]
Interim Workshop Report, Diani, Kenya 3-4th February 2015
English(1.4 MB) About The workshop was facilitated by the project partners from different institutions. The workshop applied participatory tools and methods to ensure close interactions among the participants and facilitate sharing of knowledge and experience. Experiential learning was encouraged through group work, buzz groups, presentations and plenary discussions and various. This is an interim report […]
Looking to the future – linking poverty alleviation and sustainable coastal ecosystems in Kenya. SPACES Workshop Report, Diani, Kenya 3-4th February 2015
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Interim Workshop Report, Pemba, Mozambique 10-11th February 2015
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Looking to the future – linking poverty alleviation and sustainable coastal ecosystems in coastal Mozambique SPACES Workshop Report, Pemba, Mozambique 10-11th February 2015
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Participatory tools for enhanced systems understanding – Matilda Thyresson et al.(1.9 MB)
Link to pdf About Four participatory workshops were held in Mozambique and Kenya (two in each country). Workshop 1 centered around analyzing the current system including the major factors affecting it, the main drivers of future change, and future scenarios. Workshop 2 followed on from workshop 1. Workshop 2 dealt with the future scenarios in […]
Linking sustainable ecosystem services to human wellbeing in policy: A review of Kenyan policies and strategies
Link to pdf About This report has assessed how government policies and strategies depict the relationship between ecosystem services and wellbeing by reviewing 14 Kenyan policy documents related to coastal ecosystem services. It has examined to what extent policies address sustainability of ecosystems, poverty and wellbeing, access to natural resources, needs and aspirations among different […]
Linking sustainable ecosystem services to human wellbeing in policy: A review of Mozambican policies and strategies
Link to pdf About This report has assessed how government policies and strategies depict the relationship between ecosystem services and wellbeing by reviewing 15 Mozambican policy documents related to coastal ecosystem services. This review examined the extent to which selected national policies in Mozambique address sustainability of ecological stocks, access and benefit-sharing issues related to […]
Policy and Interventions for the Future
All information including publications, conference presentations and news items related to policy and interventions for the future is tagged below.
Impacting communities in Kenya one organization at a time
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Community Dialogues in Kenya
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[:en]Community dialogue planning meeting in Mombasa, Kenya[:pt]co[:]
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Feedback of SPACES finding to the communities in Kenya and Mozambique
This impact activity targets impact partners and local and regional initiatives in coastal Kenya and Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. 8 coastal communities (urban and rural) in southern Kenya and northern Mozambique.These will be based on community-level deliberations at the eight SPACES rural and urban sites. Kenyan research sites include rural ‘South Coast’ sites (Vanga, Shimoni, Mkwiro, […]
[:en]Report from the second round of major SPACES stakeholder workshops are posted on the website.[:]
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Finding Our Way to Transdisciplinarity: Reflections from the Second SPACES Multistakeholder Workshop in Kenya
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Creating Positive Stories of the Future
Once upon a time in Paradiso village, there lived a fisherman with his wife and two children… As we all know, this is how all good stories start, and it was no different for the third day of the Kenyan workshop where the participants got to draw on all their creativity and story-telling skills to […]
SPACES model training workshop, Diani, Kenya
The ESPA-SPACES team is holding a modeler training workshop at the Leopard Beach Hotel in Diani, Kenya from 20th to 25th April, 2015. The workshop brings together researchers and students from the Kenyan Marine Fisheries Research Institute and Wildlife Conservation Society Coral Reef Conservation Project, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique), Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden), the University […]
Linking poverty alleviation and sustainable coastal ecosystems in Mozambique
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Looking into the Future Workshop, Diani
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Upcoming Stakeholder Workshops
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