CAMEROON/INTERVIEW WITH MRS. EKOSSO, MAYOR OF MANJO

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France/1982 - 2022: 40 years of decentralization

It was once considered an experiment, or at least an emerging mode of governance. Today, it has reached cruising speed. In four decades, decentralization has imposed itself on the French local political landscape. A reminder of the origins of the reform for the younger generations who may not have known about its beginnings, an assessment and ... prospects for the future: The Courrier du Parlement tells you everything about the new mode of governance that has marked the last quarter century.

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France/POINT DE VUE. Decentralization and territorial reform: an issue in the presidential election

The creation of true political regions has often been proposed over the past fifty years. By François Hulbert, geographer, university professor (*)

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Digital and local development: "The communes should serve as a full-scale laboratory to drive the African digital revolution from the villages and neighborhoods," says Prof. Omer Thomas

What are the challenges, advantages and opportunities of digital technology in local development? How can Beninese communes make themselves attractive and mobilize their own resources? What is the strategy to achieve this? Who are the actors involved? To answer all these concerns, DigInfos spoke with Mr. Omer THOMAS. He is a lecturer at the CAMES University in Geography and Planning. In parallel to his courses at the University of Abomey Calavi from 1981 to 2018, he participated in the implementation of several projects on decentralization and local development in Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo between 1983 and 2016. Upon his retirement in 2018, he created the Institute of Cartography and Territorial Engineering to spatialize local issues, promote local economy and capitalize on local good practices.

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Mayotte/Between development and decentralization, the future of Mayotte

On Wednesday, March 16, the Mayotte Departmental Council hosted the international roundtable "Emergence of new centralities and resilience of the Mauritanian space". The objective of the event? To bring together the island's actors in order to think together about the future of the 101st department.

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Benin/Smart Government: issues and challenges for a more inclusive digital

The government of Benin, in the era of the rupture, does not intend to spit on the benefits and opportunities related to digital. By dedicating an entire ministry to the digital economy and digitization, Patrice Talon has decided to make the digital sector a flagship.

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Canada/Canadian communities adapt to climate change

Many Canadian communities have taken steps to become more resilient in the face of the growing threat of extreme weather events.

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How does Japan manage to revitalize its regions and increase the attractiveness of its cities?

Japan, with its aging population, wants to revitalize and make depopulated areas attractive again. With its Digital Garden City program and its know-how in digital and technology, Japan proposes particularly interesting solutions to revitalize its small towns.

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Governing African cities. Overview of the issues and perspectives

By 2050, about 60 percent of Africa's population will live in cities. Governing the rapid growth of Africa's capital and intermediate cities is a priority for the international community.

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Let's build the Great Green Wall together and meet the challenges of the Sahel

Growing instability in the drylands of the African continent, fueled by deep poverty, threatens the livelihoods of millions of people. It is driving increasing migration within the Sahel and partly to Europe, and threatening the survival of some countries.

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Côte d'Ivoire: threatened by terrorism, Kafolo dreams of development

In Côte d'Ivoire, the northeastern region bordering Burkina Faso has been battling jihadists for almost two years. The army is heavily deployed in the area, but the government also intends to focus on local development to cut the ground from under the jihadists' feet. Prime Minister Patrick Achi is expected in the area, and in particular in Kafolo this Saturday morning, to announce a funding plan for the region's youth. An economically depressed region.

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France/Digital and training to "relocalize" part of public purchasing

The High Council of Public Order of Reunion, which brings together 450 local actors, wants to help VSEs and SMEs to better master the digital and strengthen the training of buyers, to maximize the leverage of public ordering in the context of the recovery.

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France/Employment: local authorities must focus on the social and solidarity economy

The SSE has demonstrated its capacity for experimentation and innovation in sectors neglected by the private and public sectors. Local authorities now rely on SSE to create jobs in several sectors: short circuits, circular economy, food.

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Benin/Intercommunality: "...the communes of Borgou together around Adecob can develop culture and tourism" according to his Majesty Yawakina II

His name is Aboubakari Séro YERIMA. He is the king of the commune of Sinendé. After his primary and secondary education respectively at the EPP Abdoulaye Issa and at the Lycée Mathieu Bouké of Parakou, he continued his university studies to finish with a Master's degree in Economic Sciences, option Management of Organizations, obtained at the University of Abomey Calavi with a Master's degree in Project Management. Former mayor of the town of Sinendé and former president of Adecob, discusses with your online newspaper www.jumelages-partenariat.com several issues: loss of influence of kings in a society increasingly extroverted, war of precedence between crowned heads and mayors, return of royal treasures, reform in the sector of decentralization, the major challenges of the town of Sinendé and Adecob ...

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France/Local development: these villages with a kick!

Far from the images of desertification, the diagonal of the void or impoverishment, villages are inventing new ways of local and sustainable development. Let's decipher the reasons for the success of these carriers of the future.

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France/Small towns: very different financial situations

The APVF (Association des petites villes de France) and La Banque Postale Collectivités Locales recently published the seventh edition of the study "A Financial Look at Small Towns". It covers the 2020 accounts of 4088 towns with between 2,500 and 25,000 inhabitants, with a total of 26.2 million inhabitants, i.e. 39% of the French population. In 2020, in a context of health and economic crisis, "the local budgets of small towns are globally resilient with gross savings up by 2.5%", the study notes.

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France/To make France greener, think about renewable heat, calls the sector

It is necessary to attack the heating, "because it is there that is the CO2!" Wood, geothermal, solar thermal, waste recovery ... renewable and recovery heat could be more widely deployed in France, stressed Tuesday the industry players, who advance their proposals.

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How Africa is embracing the Internet of Things to develop its agricultural sector

According to a report published a few weeks ago by the British satellite telephone giant Inmarsat, the adoption of technologies related to the Internet of Things has accelerated worldwide, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But in Africa, the agricultural world has not waited for a global health disaster to begin adopting this new concept and related technologies. Let's decipher.

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Ten recommendations to promote the social and solidarity economy in urban areas

The Avise (Engineering agency for alternative entrepreneurship), France urbaine and the Network of Local Authorities for a Solidarity Economy (RTES) unveil in a study, a series of measures to better integrate the social and solidarity economy (SSE) in local public policies.

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The West Indians who chose to settle in Africa: a paradoxical diaspora and a return to their roots

They often met in France during their studies and chose to "return" to their roots... to Africa, our land. The land of our ancestors. In the diaspora, there is René Maran, administrator in Oubangui-Charri and at the same time writer. In 1921 he won the first Goncourt prize in France with his novel Batouala.

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