Dakar Municipal Nursery and Vegetable Gardens Project
The goals of this municipal nursery are to provide training in nursery techniques and micro gardening to unemployed youth and women in the neighbourhood, render the neighbourhood/city more aesthetically pleasing, and grow plants with which to green the city, thereby increasing air quality and providing sound and heat control. The nursery is intended to improve the city landscape while at the same time provide both plants and seeds for sale. Hardy species that can survive under difficult conditions being exacerbated by climate change, such as those with drought tolerance, make up the inventory of the nursery. The project is also undertaking site preparation activities such as waste cleanup and basic irrigation provision. The entire project is being managed by a committee of city and municipal staff but predominantly public representatives in the municipality in which the nursery is located.
Centering Women in Reconstruction and Governance
This project began when one of the communities that SCI was working with as part of an urban greening project was wiped out during the 2006 tsunami. Fortunately, no lives were lost, but the entire settlement's houses were gone. SCI leveraged individual donations into a CIDA-funded reconstruction project to ensure that women had a say in the reconstruction of their communities, and improve municipal governance in two tsunami affected cities, Moratuwa and Matara. The project mobilized local women to participate in decision making about their communities and reconstruction, training them in various livelihood skills, particularly those such as urban greening that enhance the environment, and building networks of women sharing their experiences in post disaster reconstruction.
Empowering Women in Post Disaster Reconstruction in Turkey
Following the Marmara earthquake in 1999, SCI worked with the Foundation for the Support of Women's Work (FSWW), to strengthen their efforts at bringing women into the decision-making process in the reconstruction of their communities. The project also involved a grassroots exchange between Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), an Indian NGO that implemented a similar project after the earthquake in India 2 years prior. These two NGOs subsequently formed a UN type II partnership on community resilience to disasters, and worked together in providing disaster relief during the 2001 Gujerat earthquake.
SCI African Urban Sustainability Program
Planning some of the most dynamic and rapidly changing environments in urban areas in Africa is a challenge. The SCI African Urban Sustainability Program focuses on this challenge. Active in Dakar, Senegal, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Durban, South Africa, we work to bring mayors and councils of each city and its municipalities along with their staff and local NGOs to work together to develop stronger processes and outcomes for improving the quality of life for their citizens.