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Groupe ODYSSEE from Mali visits ECDPM offices


From 25 to 29 January 2016, the Groupe Observation des Dynamiques Sociales, Spatiales & Expertise Endogène (Groupe ODYSSEE) visited the ECDPM offices for a week of exchanges on policy research best practices.

Groupe ODYSSEE is a Malian organisation that carries out action-oriented research in Africa – and in Mali in particular. It aims to create synergies among different experts across a range of topics. Through scientific contributions, it supports territorial, political, social, economic, technical and cultural changes. The delegation that visited our ECDPM offices was composed by Dr. Amagoin Keita, Executive Director; Dr. Brahima Fomba, Scientific Coordinator; and Mr. Cheick Mohamed Samake, Counselor for local development and decentralisation.

The visit took place in the framework of the “Mécanisme d’Observation de la Décentralisation” (Project MODe), supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Mali. This project aims at providing a better understanding of decentralisation policies in Mali and their consequences on local governance and local dynamics.

Within Project MODe, ECDPM provides support to the institutional development of Groupe ODYSSEE, expertise in policy-relevant research and on communications for policy advocacy.

The specific objectives of the visit included:

  • to provide backstopping support to Groupe ODYSSEE’s management team on a number of topics
  • the use of Political Economy Analysis (PEA) in policy research
  • strategic communication
  • regionalisation strategies
  • communities of practice and network platforms
  • partnership building with European organisations

Last but not least, the visit offered the delegation of the Groupe ODYSEE an opportunity to network with organisations based in the Netherlands and in Brussels.

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