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 Promote the concept of eco-village in Africa - Ecovillage Movement in Africa

Supporting the movement of ecovillages is ultimately

curbing rural exodus and immigration to Europ

Eco-Villages for Africa

Resources and Best Practices

for the emergence

of ecovillages in Africa


How to develop the movement,  how to start an ecovillage,

 how to manage it,  where to find financing

and Issues

Why should we support

the eco-village movement

in Africa?


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  • Give the urge to undertake, bring hope to young people by goodpractices - Curbing the rural exodus, creating jobs, improving the quality of life.

  • Emphasize an approach that allows for greater food self-sufficiency, for energy and financial independence, while opening up more to the world - Proposal for a holistic approach

  • Welcome to those who wish to support this site and in particular the folder on ecovillages in Africa. Notably to make it multilingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Swahili) and more interactive (forum, facebook etc)

  • Search for a volunteer Webmaster and translators

  • Correspondents for each country are warmly awaited


 02 - News - Nouveautés

 03 - Movement of Eco-villages

 04 - Ecodistricts - transition Villages

 05- Models and good practices in the world

 06 - Urban Ecovillage

 07 - The ecovillage spirit in Europe

 08 - The Century of Africa



 09 - Strategy and Issues

 11 - Process - How to convince

 12 Management - Good Governance

 13 - Holocratie-Gouvernance-Bottom-Up

 14Safety - people

 15 Social Business

 16 - Fundraising

 17 - Self-financing and development -Diaspora
 18 Resources -Experts-Volonteers

 19 - Essays-Courses-Training-MOOC

 20 - Resource Centers

 21 - Poverty - Development - Demography


 24  - ICT-WiFi-Telecentre-Radio Community

 25 - Sharing Knowledge

 26 - ITC and rural world 

 27 - Bangladesh Info Ladies Internet villages



 28 - School - Eduquer - eLearning

 29 - Reversed or flipped School - MOOC

 30 - Model School - Green Schools

 31 - Children's information-entertainment



 32 - Gender issues

 33 - Youth and Child labor

 34 - Street Children



 35 - Health - Hygiene - eHealth



 36 - Transport

 37 - Travelling by bicycle - Workshop


 38 Workshops - Income activities

 39 - Recycling



 40 - Renewable Energies 

 41 - Solar Electricity

 42 - Biogas

 43 - Ovens - Refrigeration



 44 - Drinking water - Irrigation

 45 - Toilets - Sanitation



 46 - Vegetable - Nurseries

 47 - Agroforestry - Agroecology - Incredible

 48 - Free Seeds - Guards

 49 - Free seeds

 50 - Livestock - Poultry Fish

 51 - Educational Documents Agrodok

 52 - Spiruline

 53 The Great Green Wall -The Desert  



 54 -  Low cost constructions

 55 -  Innovative and economic Habitats 

 56 -  Sustainable building in Africa: challenges



 57 -  Hall sport - Market

 58 -  The bakery - modular school



 59 - Economic models - Social economy


... visit also

  -   Eco-villages in the world

  -   North - South  Innovations
      Appropriate Technologies

  -   Energies

  -   Gardens

  -   Urban Agriculture





Ecovillage living - a new source of hope -South Africa  - Kosha Joubert -  - TED Geneva 2015

UN - Ecovillage Initiative for Achieving the SDGs - We invite governments, UN agencies, businesses and other stakeholders to join us in developing and using an ecovillage approach to eradicate poverty, restore the natural environment, and ensure that all people’s basic human needs can be met. 


Conference TED: Kosha Joubert: Ecovillage Living – A new source of hope
In this largely illustrated talk, Kosha Joubert shares how community-led regeneration can become a source of solutions for today’s societal challenges. Kosha takes us on a journey around the globe to discover ecovillages, envisioning a world of empowered citizens and communities, designing and implementing their own pathways to a sustainable future, and building bridges of hope and international solidarity. TED Geneva
How can we transform our communities, organisations and societies into systems of cooperation, creativity and innovation for a planet at peace with itself.


Thousands of ecovillage communities around the world are taking action and responding to the challenges confronting us due to global warming and climate change. These actions range from and focus on developing and implementing Green Building Practices, Climate Friendly Agriculture, Restoring the Natural Environment, Sequestering Carbon and Green House Gases through BioChar and Soil Restoration, Protecting and Regenerating Local Water Cycles, Installing and Using Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technologies, and responding to emergencies and crises with resilient and regenerative planning and rebuilding practices.


Blueprint Meeting in Tamera - solar village
Bafut Ecovillage Cameroon - What does it take to transform an existing traditional village or rural area into an ecovillage?
Connecting Vision and Tradition in Bafut Ecovillage 2020 Cameroon
An ecological building in Bafut Ecovillage Cameroon

Tanzania - Chololo Ecovillage


Zimbabwe Mubaya Ecovillage . Le village doit être transformé par les gens qui vivent sur place. Actuellement 300 personnes, avec des passés différents, vivent au village. Quelques-uns mènent une vie traditionnelle dans des huttes, d’autres ont construit des maisons modernes. Certains vivent en permanence sur place et d’autres ne viennent que le weekend. Plusieurs sont dépendants de l’argent des membres de leur famille qui sont à l’étranger et d’autres encore ont trouvé du travail en ville. Plusieurs sont des paysans traditionnels qui sont dépendants des engrais distribués gratuitement par l’Etat. Certains sont éduqués et d’autres sont presque illettrés. Certains sont riches, d’autres pauvres.  
Nigeria's Eco-Village Initiative Promoting Low Energy Houses 

Ghana - The Sankofa Ecovillage permaculture design principles 
Cameroon - Ndanifor Permaculture Eco village: Permaculture the African Way 
Senegal - Ecovillages Take Root in Africa interview Ousmane Pame, President of GEN-Africa 
Tanzania - Permaculture Projectwork  

Nourish - This African Ecovillage is Building a Conscious and Sustainable Future 2021 - located 30 kilometres outside of Kruger National Park in South Africa - With a focus on education, conservation, sustainable farming, tourism and economic empowerment

South Africa - A critical analysis of the Gqunube Green Ecovillage project - cette thèse présente le Gqunube Green Ecovillage et propose un modèle idéal d'établissement humain. Il explique comment et pourquoi le mouvement international des écovillages a atteint l'Afrique du Sud et comment le révérend Roger Hudson a répondu à ce mouvement en démarrant un écovillage vert 


Youth Innovating for Agriculture: 30 Inspiring Changemakers in Africa and the Caribbean
Yes, Africa Can: Success Stories from a Dynamic Continent 


The Ecovillages Empowering African Women and Protecting the Planet : As the gloomy fate of climate change becomes an everyday reality in Africa, innovative efforts to fight back by reimagining old and new ways of living could hold the key to a sustainable future

Some features of an ecovillage include:
> Organic farming and permaculture
> Growing medicinal plants and planting trees as windbreaks
> Rejuvenating biomes by saving and growing endangered plants, crops and fruit trees
> Constructing buildings out of natural and local materials via new-age methods and based on modern designs
> Practising the use of clean and renewable energy generation such as wind turbines and solar panels.
> Water purification and desalination processes that support people to reuse, recycle and reduce
> Utilising biodigesters and composting with no waste
> Encouraging artisanal craftsmanship and entrepreneurship by opening up fair and ethical trade


2016-11  Conference Ghana: GEN Africa in partnership with GEN international will hold the upcoming Conference at Ghana Permaculture Institute (GPI) in Techiman from December 1 - 6, 2016.  - 35 active leaders and advisors of the network will meet in order to consolidate the work we have done so far and plan the way forward. The conference will include the General Assembly. - The conference aims at achieving the following objectives:
Celebrate official registration of GEN Africa - Strengthen GEN Africa, review the strategy and plan next steps - Meet as a General Assembly: reporting on activities and finances for 2014/2015, re-elect new members into the Council etc. - Re-examine how we function as a council and as a GEN Region - Develop functional partnerships - Evaluate targets for 2016, identify targets for 2017 and align with GEN International targets. - Identify more people in the network to support with specific tasks (i.e. fundraising and website management) - Finalizing memberships - Networking and sharing within the Region


Global Ecovillage Summit Dec. 2014 - Dakar Senegal

Connecting Communities for a Sustainable World
Hosted by the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and GEN-Africa (Ngor, Dakar, Senegal)  The Senegalese government launched a program to transition 14,000 traditional villages to Ecovillages. What can we learn from this? The summit will bring together governmental decision makers, social entrepreneurs, NGO representatives and Ecovillage experts from around the world to share solutions and exchange best practice.


GEN Africa is the African ecovillage association, promoting social resilience, environmental pro­tection and restoration of nature through the concept of ecovillages as models for sustainable human settlements. We actively support the de­vel­opment of ecovillages and networks in all parts of Africa.
Poverty in Africa resides only in the minds of its inhabitants”, and GEN Africa is aware of the richness and resilience of their societies, and thus promotes an ambitious program of transforming its rural communities into eco-communities or ecovillages, a model to combat the effects of climate change, ensure food sovereignty of their populations and the proliferation of social enterprises that promote the creation of local economy to avoid the migration of its inhabitants to the cities or to other continents.
Global Ecovillage Network -Africa

GEN - Global Ecovillage Network Europe

Urban Ecovillage 

Ecovillage - Projects Map


What is an ecovillage? Global Ecovillage Network - his way of life is the solution to all our problems: terrorism, isolation, economic crisis, food crisis, disasters of any kind,

Ecovillage living - a new source of hope - Kosha Joubert - South Africa
TED Geneva 2015 - Kosha Joubert shares how community-led regeneration can become a source of solutions for today’s societal challenges. Kosha takes us on a journey around the globe to discover ecovillages, envisioning a world of empowered citizens and communities, designing and implementing their own pathways to a sustainable future, and building bridges of hope and international solidarity.Kosha Joubert grew up in South Africa. She went on a pilgrimage through her own country in 1991, discovered a community of black and white South Africans living together, and has lived in intentional communities and researched intercultural communication ever since. Currently, she lives with her family in the Ecovillage of Findhorn, Scotland, and serves as President of the Global Ecovillage Network. She is fascinated by the phenomenon of Collective Wisdom: how can we transform our communities, organisations and societies into systems of cooperation, creativity and innovation for a planet at peace with itself.


 The Sustainable Development Agenda - the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. 



Author: John Raimondo


Eco-covillages are urban or rural communities of people who strive to integrate a supportive social environment with a low-impact way of life. To achieve this they integrate various aspects of ecological design, permaculture, ecological building, green production, alternative energy, community building practices, and much more.

Eco-villages typically include the following characteristics:

• Permaculture design

• Buildings constructed from local, natural materials

• Reliance on own (off-grid) power supply

• Utilisation of renewable energy/alternative technology

• Self-sufficiency of food supply using sustainable agriculture and permaculture methods

• Earth-restoration projects

• Being of service to specific populations in need

• Use of local currencies

• On-site cottage industries

• Participatory communal decision-making

• Established processes for conflict resolution

• Established process and communication skills for bonding and connecting the eco-village community.

Whilst the physical aspects are relatively easy to achieve, often the greater challenge for members of eco-villages is to be able to overcome individual prejudices and ‘personal shadows’ in order to achieve a sustainable, social cohesion of the community. According to Robert Gilman the main steps to creating a sustainable community include:

1. Recognize it will be a journey - and enjoy it!

2. Develop a vision - and keep developing it

3. Build relationships and bonding

4. Make the whole-system challenge explicit

5. Get help - to become more self-reliant

6. Develop clear procedures

7. Maintain balance – sustainably A lack of management or process skills is the primary reason why unsuccessful communities have failed in the past!

Douwe van der Zee has described permaculture as a combination of the words ‘permanent’ and ‘agriculture’, and was formulated specifically by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren to emphasise the difference from traditional agriculture. Traditional agriculture has become increasingly impermanent, in the sense that it relies on huge inputs of external energy, capital and labour, and has often been destructive to the soil. Permaculture systems are self-sufficient and ultimately need few or no external inputs. Mollison and Holmgren had more in mind, however, than just agriculture. What they proposed was nothing less than a radically different way of relating to the environment and to each other. It was meant to counteract the highly unsustainable, anti-nature ‘more, bigger, better’ (consumer) culture approach that has characterised modern society in the recent decades, and has largely been responsible for the serious global environmental, human and economic problems we now face. Permaculture is about using natural principles to ensure the maximum production of food and other human needs locally. This has considerable economic, agricultural, social and other implications.

Some of the basic principles of permaculture include:

1. Maximal retention and minimum waste of water

2. Diversity

3. Multifunctionality

4. No external inputs of harmful substances

5. Self-sufficiency

Self-sufficiency is the basis for most eco-villages as it ties in with everything else. In a cultivated ecosystem different crops ripen throughout the year. A variety of vegetables, eggs, fruits and nuts, cheese, bread, honey and other foods, as well as electricity and energy for cooking, are consistently available. Self-sufficiency is extended to many other spheres of life within an eco-village including buildings. Houses are built of natural materials such as clay, stone, straw and wood – whichever is most easily and locally available. There are a number of eco-villages in South Africa. Here are some useful websites about these eco-villages, as well as global sites concerned with eco-villages and intentional communities.


Reinventing how we live in the city

LA ecovillage: self-reliance in car-free urban homestead - In urban Los Angeles, about 3 miles west of downtown, 500 people live on 11 acres where priority is given to bicycles, fruit trees, greywater, veggie gardens, clotheslines, compost, shared spaces (tool shop, art space, bike shop), micro-businesses, on-site natural food coop and chickens

Los Angeles Eco-Village


Seed Communities: Ecovillage Experiments Around the World  -The book is out! "Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community" . Curious about the leading edge of green living? After traveling to ecovillages on five continents, Professor Karen Litfin shares some gleanings about how these seed communities might help us to create a sustainable future.

Ecovillage book from Karen Litfin



ANEV - National Agency Ecovillage in Senegal  

SOS Environnement Sénégal - Organisation de recherche et d'action sur l’environnement


Transposed in urban areas, the ecovillage model becomes a process:
Urban ecovillage is a group of people who are working to create urban neighborhood relations as contribute to sustainable development of the area, preserving - even restaurant - a healthy natural environment, valuing the historical, protecting human health and developing an economically equitable community open to cultural diversity.
Several forms: An urban ecovillage can have the form of a housing group, a block of buildings or a townsite, a set of shared habitats or an entire neighborhoodRéseau des écovillages en milieu urbain - Urban Ecovillage Directory


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