Tintigny has been operating in Benin for 10 years
In October 2018, the municipality of Tintigny (Province of Luxembourg) will celebrate its 10-year partnership with the Beninese municipality of Djidja in the context of the Belgian Municipal International Cooperation Programme (Coopération internationale communale - CIC). The PCIC, which counted 5 municipalities in Benin between 2009 and 2016, has gained in scope. Today, a dozen municipalities are participating! Let's come back to this partnership linking Tintingy and Djidja for a decade now...
Djidja is located in the department of Zou, 150 km north/west of Cotonou. It is one of the 77 Beninese municipalities. This rural area is divided into 12 districts and is composed of 97 villages with a total population of +/- 123,000 inhabitants; its surface area equals 2,184 km², the size of the province of Luxembourg. The most important activity of the municipality is agriculture, which is why Djidja is nicknamed the “granary of Zou”.
The CIC, managed by the Union of Cities and Municipalities of Wallonia (Union des Villes et Communes de Wallonie - UVCW) on behalf of the Belgian Development Cooperation, aims to support local finances in Benin by implementing effective tools. This project will enable the partner municipalities to mobilise tax resources in order to increase their investment capacity and to cope with their day-to-day expenditure. Two instruments have been implemented: the creation of a land register (cadastre of properties) and the computerisation of the civil status in order to enable better management of the population register and its permanent updating (births, marriages, deaths, etc.). Awareness-raising campaigns are also undertaken to promote the importance of birth registration so that every individual can have a birth certificate. This document allows them to have their existence, and therefore their access to citizenship, recognised.
In the follow-up of this project, Tintigny assists Djidja in the management of its human resources and the protection of its data; the actions are implemented in full coherence with the national policy on these issues.
From the very beginning of this partnership, a large part has always been reserved through all our activities to:
- technical and intellectual capacity building;
- raising public awareness about the importance of land registration and birth registration;
- lobbying senior authorities on the CIC;
- in the search for donors both for financial support and to find together action synergies in order to rationalise both financial and human resources.
Aside from the CIC projects, the municipal partnership also grants subsidies from various sources (Wallonia-Brussels International, Province of Luxembourg, Tintigny municipality) and/or in partnership with other actors (the urban area of Seine-Eure en Haute-Normandie, Hôpital Sans Frontières (HSF), etc.). Among these (numerous) actions, we could highlight:
- several water-related projects: runoff management on the watershed of the river Zou in collaboration with the urban area of Seine-Eure, an awareness-raising project for the population about drinking water consumption and the maintenance of structures and the equipment of 3 local water supply lines for generators, which enabled the water supply to 12,000 people, the construction of pondages, the drilling of a well,...
- the construction or renovation of various buildings: library, youth centre, school roofs that were blown off, warehouses and toilets on a market, slaughterhouse,...
- a variety of equipment: purchase of solar kits, sending medical equipment to health centres with the support of Hôpital sans Frontières, modernisation of a local radio station, football equipment, etc.
Besides the different projects developed in Djidja, a number of development education initiatives also take place in Tintigny, such as exchanges between the local councils for children, photo exhibitions and Beninese handcrafts during events such as Operation 11.11.11, Oxfam breakfasts, Cooper-Africa Day or when the press publishes articles...
Through the planning, implementation and realisation of these projects, we try to develop effective means, promising projects for improving the quality of life of the citizens of our partner municipality. Through our various actions, we strive to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (See icons above).
We hope that the Beninese neighbouring municipalities of our partner will find inspiration in the actions carried out and the instruments that our partner has deployed in order to develop and create synergies that will have a domino effect on the well-being and development of Benin.