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Reports from the ICA Asia Pacific Regionl Conference
November 2018 in Taiwan

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 Février a été le mois qui a permis de faire des visites d’évaluation dans les 4 villages des 4 départements de la région de l’Agnéby-Tiassa dans le cadre du projet AVEC. L’objectif de cette série de visites était pour évaluer la performance des différents groupes et aussi de remobiliser les bénéficiaires à rester dans leur groupe qui est de  25 personnes. 
Les groupes des villages qui avaient des nombres inférieurs à 25 personnes se sont en un si peu de temps retrouvé au nombre escompté et voir même en nombre supérieur dans certains groupes.

Nous avons aussi mis à profit ces différentes missions pour aussi tester les niveaux d’assimilation des formations distillées  aux  groupes AVEC de notre région. Nous avons bénéficié de l’accompagnement de l’unité de coordination du Conseil Régional  pour voir comment  les activités du projet se déroulent sur le terrain.
L’équipe de ICA-CI qui, par professionnalisme a mise en œuvre ce projet a aujourd’hui plus de 200 bénéficiaires dans la Région de l’Agnéby-Tiassa avec l’appui des chefs des différents villages sélectionnés dans ce projet.

En plus des activités de ce projet nous avons continué à travailler avec les villages et la coopérative crée dans le cadre du projet financé par MOFA. Certains bénéficiaires ont poursuivi l’élevage tout en prenant soins des plantations de palmier et d’agrume.

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February was the month that allowed us to visit and evaluate the 4 villages of the 4 departments of the Agnéby-Tiassa region as part of the AVEC project. The purpose of this series of visits was to evaluate the performance of the different groups and also to remobilize the beneficiaries to stay in their groups of 25 people.

We also used these various missions to test the assimilation levels of the formations of the AVEC groups of our region. We benefited from the support of the Coordinating Unit of the Regional Council to see how the activities of the project take place in the field.

The team of ICA-CI members who, have implemented the project, have more than 200 beneficiaries in the Region of Agnéby-Tiassa with the support of the heads of the various villages selected in this project.

In addition to the activities of this project we continued to work with the villages, and the cooperative created under the MOFA-funded project. Some beneficiaries continued breeding while taking care of palm and citrus plantations.

Kouame Konan         konaneug@gmail.com


A book launching program was held.for'समानुभूतिपुर्ण सभ्यिा' which is a Nepali edition of a book: ‘Compassionate Civilization’, written by New York Professor, Robertson Work. The book was launched by the Foreign Minister of Nepal, Mr. Pradip Gyawali. The program was also attended by the Provincial Minister, Mr. Saresh, Nepal Senior Social Worker, Mr. Bal Krishna Deuja, and elected members from local and Rural Municipalities, Academics, Development Workers, and Journalists.

In association with Abhiyan, Nepal, an interaction on opportunities and challeges of the federal government in the current context of Nepal was carried out. More than 50 participants representing local government systems particpated.

ICA Nepal has been carrying out a series of agriculture capacity building seminars in three villages of Sindhupalchowk and Nuwakot districts. More than 100 farmers have benefitted from tunnel farming, shitake mushroom training, kiwi farming training, and bee keeping training. With the support of ICA Japan, more than 90 farmers have benefitted from Shitake Mushroom training in Thulosirubari Rural Municipality and Sangachowkgadi Municipality. Ms. Ishu Subba, Atma Ram Timsina and Mr. Jhamka B. Mahat coordinated the agriculture capacity building training in the villages.

In addition, the construction of the Community Training Center is progressing smoothly. The structure is already complete, now we are working on the finishing part. The training center is being built with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan and the Embassy of Nepal in coordination with ICA Japan. It is being constructed in Sangachowkgadi Municipality, Sindhupalchowk district.

The community development work which was implemented in the Far and Mid Western Regions has come to an end. The three year project benefitted more than 1000 local villagers from remote areas of Nepal. We adopted the Technology of Participation method to set up the community development work. We have been successful in receiving the Project Completion Certificate from local level villages.

Report Prepared by,

Sarala Timsina,

Women Empowerment Officer,
ICA Nepal



One of the main tasks of leadership is to ensure peace, economic prosperity and democracy. Maintaining balance in leadership, as well as in life, most often occurs through interaction and partnership.

In the "interaction" zone, most often the parties are playing a role of teachers for each other and those who raise each other or temporarily use the other side to achieve the goal. At this level projects with short-term results “here and now” are being implemented. When building communication or business activity at this level, we need to understand the temporary effect of our efforts.

Imbalance in the interaction brings the party, which makes an attempt to build a sustainable, long-term partnership. Going into the “interaction” zone with serious intentions for a “happy family life together” we always run the risk of wasting our time and resources to no avail. "Partnership" can not be realized without an understanding of the value of each other and complete trust between people. Partnership is always service to each other, and this is how projects with a synergy effect are born, in which the realization of human potential takes place and the long-term effect of the efforts made.

“Ukrainian women in the UN” is a project, which is based on the word “partnership”. This is the result of a seven-year partnership with the Institute of Cultural Affairs International, which unites 42 countries of the world. And this is the result of 7 months of weekly meetings of 25 women leaders of Ukraine. Group of women leaders implemented the project “Women's Partnership Forum”, which brought together 250 women leaders and schoolgirls from 16 regions of Ukraine at the Olympic NSC (Kiev, Ukraine). Right at the Forum, women who saw each other for the first time united in 11 teams and created professional projects with the help of professional ToR facilitators, 7 of which did not lose momentum and develop independently.

The first independent delegation of Ukrainian women to the UN, consisting of 17 women, in March 2018 took part in the work of 62 sessions (CSW62-2018), organized by the UN Committee on the Status of Women (CSW). The result of the work of Ukrainian women in the UN is an understanding of how the international platform works, how decisions are developed and made that affect the lives of all people of the world, as well as an understanding of all the difficulties of their implementation in real life.

As part of a trip to the UN, the Ukrainian delegation of women visited Washington. The delegation was kindly received by the Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA Valery Chaly with his wife Lyudmila Mazuka. In a short conversation with the Ambassador’s spouse, the “Ukraine-USA Women's Leadership and Democratic Governance Development Program” was born.

A visit to Washington opened a new partnership with the US Foundation - Ukraine, which in turn opened up other opportunities for Ukrainian women. These are the Program in Support of the Rule of Law in Ukraine, the Program Made by Ukrainian Women, the Action Ties for Peace in Ukraine in support of peace processes in Ukraine, the Forum in the US Congress Women for Peace, Prosperity and Democracy.

And we even do not know how many more opportunities the second delegation of Ukrainian women in the UN will open, which on March 9, 2019 is going to New York for the 63rd Session of the UN Committee on the Status of Women. 20 Ukrainian women go to the UN to discuss effective ways of developing and realizing human potential in Ukraine.

On March 15, at an event organized by Ukrainian women, we will talk about the importance of developing countries in a balanced socio-economic balance and about the importance of women's participation in the key decision-making area of the country. We will all look for an answer to the question: “What can we women do to ensure a socio-economic balance in our countries?” We know that women give birth to humanity, and if they are not in the decision-making area, then there are those who look at people, just as a tool to achieve the goal.

We know that women can do anything. And we need to create additional values in our communities and learn to live in value partnership.



Most film screenings end when the credits roll, but for the One Earth Film Festival (OEFF), the end is just the beginning.

Call it a conversation starter.

“The One Earth audience experience often flows like this: watch the film, absorb and digest, discuss and identify an environmental action you can take”, reads a piece titled Focus on Facilitators in this year’s Festival Guide. “We want audience members to leave with something they didn’t have when they arrived, be it fresh information, a deeper understanding, a new connection, or a pledge that will set them on a course of action for the planet.”

After each of the 67 screenings happening this month throughout the Chicago area, audiences will engage in solutions-oriented discussions led by facilitators trained in ICA’s focused conversation method. By taking audiences who have just watched a film together through a guided conversation that ends with a commitment to action, the ORID framework is uniquely suited to One Earth’s mission to “educate, raise awareness, and inspire the adoption of solution-oriented sustainable actions.”

That mission deeply resonates with ours, which is why ICA-USA has partnered with OEFF since the beginning. Just like the end credits of a One Earth film, this year’s festival feels like just the beginning.

Andrew Clayton           aclayton@ica-usa.org

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