Changemakers GlobalNet21 and Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation

  • November 25, 2013 · 6:30 PM

Our guest is John Dada on a rare visit to the UK. John is director of Fantsuam Foundation. Its mission is to eliminate poverty and disadvantage through integrated development programs. Its goal is to be the most effective model of integrated rural development in West Africa.

John Dada and Pamela McLean collaborate under the name "Dadamac" which brings together two very different and distant communities and cultures. John is based in rural Nigeria, where Fantsuam Foundation serves an area far beyond the reach of the Internet and mobile phones. He deals on a daily basis with the challenges of rural poverty.  He is also active in many forums at a local and international level. Pamela lives in London, her "community" and her networking activities are rich and varied, partly in London and partly online. Dadamac brings together the networks of John Dada and Pamela McLean, in ways that enable innovation to happen. They will share past successes (and failures) and future hopes, challenges and opportunities for innovation in Africa.

Dadamac understands about the challenges separating our two communities. Much of our work involves breaking down barriers of ignorance and misinformation. Effective two-way communication and equal respect on both sides are at the heart of all we do. Our work at a distance is made possible through the Internet service at Fantsuam, which was established (as a social business) as part of FF's community services. John and Pamela have been working together for approximately ten years, facing the challenges and demonstrating the opportunities that are possible when we draw on the best of both cultures.

This session will explore the realities of community development, illustrated by work at Fantsuam (and relevant much more widely). It is a great opportunity to check assumptions and hype about development against what really works and what doesn't and why. There will be time for questions and discussions of a practical nature including ideas for future collaborations.


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  • Margaret T.

    It was Excellent! Meeting John Dada I came away with plenty of food for thought for my Sierra Leone project.

    December 1, 2013

  • Francis S.

    On the 26th November 2013, friends old and new came together at the Hub Westminster in London to hear about integrated development focussed Fantsuam Foundation in Nigeria and the work of John Dada and Pamela McClean of Dadamac Foundation. Dadamac is an exciting initiative that provides a mouthpiece for the work of Fantsuam and in so doing, facilitates and enables Nigerian, African and UK collaboration. These are a few of the comments following the event which can be watched separately. The event was put on with the kind support of GlobalNet 21 and The Hub Westminster.

    http://vimeo.com/80642224

    December 1, 2013

  • Pamela M.

    Liam Barringon-Bush has just posted a blog about it - Integrated development: Embracing mission drift in rural Nigeria http://www.morelikepeople.org/embracing-mission-drift/ Well worth a look.

    November 30, 2013

  • Pamela M.

    Thanks everyone for your interest, support and positive feedback. I was helped in so many ways, large and small, to make this happen. I can't begin to list how, and I will not try to name everyone individually - but I do thank you. There will be a video later so our noble team on the door, and people not able to attend, will be able to see what they missed. Details of First Thursday are here http://dadamac.net/blog/20131101/first-thursday-meeting-updates. We plan to showcase the work of other change makers next year, and as Janet mentioned below, our next meeting, which will be smaller and more reflective is on December 9th http://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/events/149841962/

    1 · November 29, 2013

  • Francis S.

    You can find a report of last night's meeting that has been written up by Janet Chapman at http://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/messages/boards/thread/39920882/

    It was a great meeting and a good report.

    2 · November 26, 2013

    • Nikki F.

      Likewise, I have signed up for the visit to Shift in Surrey but I look forward to feedback from Pamela and the group afterwards and hope to attend the next one(s). What has always struck me about John is that, as he says himself, he jumps first when he sees a need in front of him and then worries about the logistics later. He is such a fount of knowledge and we only got a glimpse. The responsibility he shoulders on a daily basis would I believe crush most of us. I have witnessed him leaving our weekly meetings because he has had to attend to a life and death situation. For example, in order to give his own blood to a young woman who was hemorrhaging during childbirth and to intervene to save the lives of children accused of witchcraft. A truly inspirational and modest man.

      2 · November 27, 2013

    • Ruby

      I was very struck by his humility and insights. Missed the first 20 minutes or so as was helping on the door. Did he present his work? Is the video available for viewing?

      1 · November 28, 2013

  • Janet C.

    Inspirational and informative meeting. If you would like to find out more about the project there is an online session on the 1st Thursday of the month and you are most welcome to the next session on Mon 9th December when we will discuss taking this further.

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Ruby

    Some great insights about long-term, integrated community projects shared by the panel - thank you!

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Doug M.

    Excellent! Plenty of food for thought and great to meet John Dada again.

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Senake A.

    Very inspirational - great to hear about John and Pam's grass roots work in Nigerian rural communities. Hoping to collaborate on a project soon...

    2 · November 26, 2013

  • eliana m.

    Sorry all - blocked on a work issue, unable to attend, really sorry to miss out. (unsure how to change my rsvp now, but anyway...) ...

    November 25, 2013

  • Doug M.

    I have had the privilege of meeting John Dada before and very much look forward to meeting him again. Can't wait!

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      Me too. Even though John and I are in regular contact collaborating at a distance I haven't seen him since then either.

      November 16, 2013

  • Bonny

    Do keep me posted Pamela, will let my colleagues know at the University of Greenwich too.

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      Thanks Bonny - please do spread the word. Also look out for the next GlobalNet21-Africa Changemakers group meetup in December - we'll be firming up details soon at - http://www.meetup.com...­. And if you want to connect with the Dadamac Community in other ways see First Thursdays information - http://dadamac.net/bl...­ You - and other newcomers - are welcome to join us.

      November 16, 2013

  • Bonny

    Great Work John, realities of community development is a fantastic project

    2 · November 12, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      Thanks Bonny. I'll pass your message on to John. We've just been discussing the probable outline of the meeting during our usual weekly skype chat. (I'd posted the outline up at http://dadamac.net/bl...­ ) I hope you'll be able to come along to this meetup or the next one http://www.meetup.com...­

      1 · November 12, 2013

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