HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Good governance» in Senegal
Senegal's rural dwellers face dwindling prospects of leading a life with sufficient income. Among the reasons why many smallholder and cattle-rearing families can no longer make ends meet are undersized plots of land, soil erosion, lack of rain, as well as insufficient production resources. For some years now their plight has been compounded by land speculation and land grabbing by investors. Smallholder families without official land titles risk losing their land. The living space for cattle-rearing families and their herds is also under threat from what is known as the «agricultural front». HEKS/EPER and local partner organizations support smallholder and cattle-rearing families in Senegal in building a stable livelihood for themselves.
In 2019, 126’000 people obtained access rights to 87’000 hectares of land. Sixty-one per cent of the smallholders supported boosted their income – thanks to better production techniques, as well as higher prices obtained through better knowledge of the market.
A properly functioning State is transparent and accountable in that it ensures legal certainty, peace, human rights and participation and creates economic and social conditions that ensure the population's well-being. HEKS/EPER and its partner organizations strive to ensure that civil society is involved in economic and political processes – more specifically also minorities and other communities on the fringes of society, as inclusive governance fosters stability and sustainability.
Promoting local development
HEKS/EPER supports rural community initiatives in Grand'Anse to promote rural development, improved income, food security, access to services and community governance.
Senegal Country Programme
Livelihoods for small farmers and cattle rearers
HEKS/EPER supports people in Senegal in securing access to land, in sustainably managing natural resources and in tapping new sources of income.
Rural development and empowerment of civil society
HEKS/EPER supports rural communities in improving food security and incomes, and in the building of a strong civil society.
Honduras Country Programme
Strengthening self-determination and autonomy
In southern Honduras, HEKS/EPER supports projects for the development of rural communities, the protection and defence of human rights, as well as disaster preparedness programmes.
Colombia Country Programme
Rural development and peacebuilding
In Colombia, HEKS/EPER is contributing to a more just and peaceful society and to improving the livelihoods of internally displaced families and rural communities.