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Interview avec Development Workshop France

John Norton, Co-Fondateur et Directeur éxécutif de DWF Photo: DWF

"Pour atteindre des résultats, vous devez gagner, construire et maintenir la confiance des communautés"

Entretien mené par Esther Fletcher & Jesus Cordero | Londres, 4 Juillet 2017

Development Workshop France (DWF) est une ONG française qui fourni un soutien technique et'assistance à de petites communautés, spécialement dans les contextes d'installation humaines, logements, construction, et planification dans les pays en voie de dévelloppement. Membre de GNDR depuis 2008, DWF croit au pouvoir du "réseautage" et que promouvoir le respect de l'action locale en matière de RRC et de développement est très important. Au début du mois nous avons eu l'opportunité de nous entretenir au téléphone avec John Norton, Co-fondateur et Directeur éxécutif de DWF. 

John a établi DWF en France en 1989, et a été instrumental dans le succès et les accomplissements de DWF. Development Workshop France a reçu beaucoup de récompenses incluant en 2009 le Prix Sadakawa de UNISDR, certificat de distinction pour la réduction des catastrophes naturelles. 

Quelles sont les activités de DWF?

Development Workshop travaille avec les communautés le splus pauvres du monde,  développant les capacités locales afin d'améliorer des vies et les moyens de subsistance. Depuis plus de 40 ans l'organisation fourni du soutien, formation et assistance technique afin que les communautés locales puissent faire face aux challenges sociaux, économiques et environnementaux incluant la réduction des risques de catastrophes dans plus de 30 pays. 

Quel est le rôle de  DWF?Qu'est cela implique?

My role as Managing Director includes helping the development of strategy, project development and in varying degrees management, fund raising, research, publication and visibility and more, like designing cartoon strips and scenarios for puppet shows!!! But none of this would eb possible without the very important collaboration of our field staff, some of whom have worked with us for many years.

Comment décririez-vous le rôle de DWF comme partie de la société civile?

DWF achieves its objectives through a variety of roles. DWF is an Implementer, a Capacity Builder, a Connector, a Knowledge Sharer, an Advocate, and a Promoter of solutions based on indigenous knowledge and local potential, capacity and resources.

Quelles sont les plus grandes réussites de DWF en tant wu'organisation?

  • Achieving sustained and sustainable results in our programmes through very long term presence in our core regions, listening to, learning from and working with local communities that have assisted people to address existing and emerging problems, challenges and risks. Examples are the Woodless Construction programme or our support to thousands of women potters in West Africa. Also the promotion of locally adapted approaches to disaster risk reduction in the context of natural and man-made hazards, including in the last 25 years our actions in Vietnam and neighbouring SE Asian countries;
  • The impact of our locally driven actions have enabled us to influence both local and national strategies and policies, for example being invited by the Vietnamese Government to help revise the national standards for safe housing in flood and cyclone risk areas of Vietnam, and working to strengthen the collaboration between local authorities and civil society in Burkina Faso on locally collective actions to prevent was a great achievement;
  • Since 1973, promoting respect for indigenous knowledge as a building block for development, proof of which is our publication in 1976 of a exhibition on Indigenous Building and the Third World, presented at the first UN Habitat Conference in 1976, Vancouver.

Why did you join GNDR?

We joined GNDR because there are clear synergies between our work and mission and those of GNDR. At DWF, we believe in the power of networking and that promoting respect for local action for DRR and development is very important.

Could you name 3 benefits for your organisation of being a GNDR member?

  • Participation in innovative projects that promote the voice of civil society
  • Learning from other CSOs’ experience, issues and actions
  • Collaboration in field projects

If you could change one thing in GNDR, what would this be?

Better management of the flow of internet-based information and messages; sometimes messages are rather overwhelming (thus not read), and occasionally not pertinent (but getting better).

What should GNDR do to sustain or increase members’ engagement or participation?

Initiatives like the one that GNDR is planning to do right now with the recategorisation of its membership;

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