DAART Site Visit: Conakry

The Dakar American Applied Research Training (DAART) project selected and funded 11 young West African leaders to participate in an 8-week training seminar this past summer at the West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, the aim being to reinforce and develop their leadership capacities. Following the successful completion of the training and the preparation of a detailed proposal, participants were awarded substantial fellowships to help them further strengthen the various organizations they coach in their respective countries.

DAART visiting team & members of the CCFPPG with Mr Sidya Touré, president of UFR (Union des Forces Républicaines)

To track fellow progress and to monitor the proper use of the funds, each fellow is being visited on-site in his or her country.

In December, the co-director of the project and director of WARC joined the two coordinators in charge of monitoring the project traveled to Guinea Conakry to visit Ms. Fatima Camara, the Guinean DAART fellow. Ms. Camara works with the organization, “Cadre de Concertation des Filles / Femmes des Partis Politiques de Guinée” (CCFPPG). CCFPPG brings together women and young women political leaders in order to foster political dialogue among the various political parties in the country and to train Guinean citizens in political awareness and the rules and principles of democracy.

Judging from the reception accorded us by high profile national leaders and personalities who opened their doors to the delegation, Ms. Camara is a true leader in her country, The huge crowds Ms. Camara managed to muster both in the capital and in another city, Kindia, were further evidence of the importance accorded her work.

WARC Director with Mrs Bah Diallo Rabiatou, president of the National Transition Council

WARC Director with Mrs Bah Diallo Rabiatou, president of the National Transition Council

Major decision-makers visited by the WARC delegation included Mrs. Bah Diallo Rabiatou, president of the National Transition Council; the President of the Independent National Electoral Commission; two major leaders of opposition parties; and the Resident Director of the National Democratic Institute (USA).

Ms. Camara’s plans to open an electoral clinic under the aegis of CCFPPG were realized on December 19, in the presence of major female political figures and key decision makers, including the minister of social affairs.

The visit was truly an opportunity to confirm the major contribution of the DAART project to women and youth empowerment in West African countries.