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Partnership Opportunities With Three Malian Organizations Discussed on 14th May, 2019.

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African Business School (ABS) is a private university located at Hamdallaye ACI opposite the Ministry of Defense in Bamako, Mali. The university provides internationally oriented training with bilingual Masters in Business Administration and other degree and doctorate programs. The school’s executive programmes are designed for students who have worked directly in management positions. The Chief Executive Officer of the university, Madam Sokhna Maryama Thiam scheduled an appointment to meet with the Executive Director of IMDID on 14th May 2019. Arriving at her office, the President of the Students Representative Council, Sire Dia led his executives to welcome Gilbert Reinall Addo and the Country Director for IMDID Mali Adama Konta. He stated that 10 students from their university have registered to attend the 2019 Global Youth Diplomacy Conference in Togo, negotiating that they’ll be very glad to attend the conference with a slightly decreased fee. The Executive Director assured that he’ll contact the Conference Management Team to arrange a better deal for the university’s delegation to Togo. As part of IMDID’s National Initiative on Education, the organization is going into a full partnership with the African Business School for the Youth Ambassador’s Programmes for a period of three years. Both organizations shall also run an exchange program amongst students of ABS and volunteers of IMDID to travel to Ghana and other countries where IMDID runs a team for English-French education, internship with partnered companies and social services. It was also agreed that ABS shall run a university chapter of IMDID to establish international network with other universities like University of Lome in Togo, University d’Abomey Calavi in Benin Republic and our student volunteers in the University of Education Winneba in Ghana while connecting with other members of IMDID in the 15 countries.
At the SOS Children’s Village in Bamako, Mali, the National Coordinator in charge of Institutional Partnerships, Mr. Abdoul-Aziz Bachourou outlined the focus areas of the organization to the Executive Director, Gilbert Reinall Addo and the Country Director of IMDID Mali, Adama Konta. He added that SOS Children’s Village works in close partnership with local groups to ensure that children are safe, can go to school and, wherever possible, can return to live with their families. They give children counselling and material goods to improve their living conditions as well as providing school kits and uniforms and pay for the children’s school and medical fees. The organization also run workshops on children`s rights and support parents so that they can make enough money to look after their children. As part of the MoU for the Project HMC (Help Mentor Children) under IMDID’s National Initiative on Education, IMDID shall send volunteers and interns from different countries periodically to support the administrative work and providing care for the children as well as raising funds to supply educational materials to improve teaching and learning. As part of the partnership, our organization shall also organize workshops on entrepreneurship for the children in the village. Mr. Bachourou thanked IMDID for proposing to extend it partnership to SOS Children’s Village for the development of children in education.

The Country Director for IMDID Mali, Adama Konta and the Executive Director, Gilbert Reinall Addo were welcomed to the office of the CEO & President of the Global Institute for Women’s Empowerment Group, Mr. Kassoum Coulibaly. The institute with it Global Office in Victoria-Mahe of the Republic of Seychelles facilitates the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Center, African Women’s Political Leadership Center, African Women Migrants Support Center, the Agency for African Women’s Employment and the Observation of Gender Based Violence in Africa. The IMDID delegation offered to discuss a framework for a proposal for partnership between both organizations in the area of youth entrepreneurial empowerment project especially for women and girls for job creation in Mali and extend it to other countries where IMDID is in operation in the future. Mr. Coulibaly also accepted to speak at the 2019 Global Youth Diplomacy Conference in Togo, assuring the Executive Director of his interest to work with IMDID as a youth volunteering organization that is committed to giving back to society and helping to shape others.

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