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Dimitra Clubs captured on video!

A video series about Dimitra Clubs was produced to highlight the strengths and uniqueness of this gender-sensitive participatory communication approach. Filmed in Niger and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, these videos present the approach and show the positive changes brought about by Dimitra Clubs in various areas: 

Stepping stones for action in rural areas DR Congo and Niger (7'22) 
The video highlights the FAO Dimitra Clubs approach, its implementation, functioning modalities and key features. 

Access to Water and Land - Niger (6’34) 
In Niger, the Dimitra Clubs have enabled women to improve their access to land and water, thereby contributing to better nutrition, gender equality and reduction of rural poverty. 

Food Security and NutritionDR Congo (6'53) 
Removing food-related taboos that are damaging to women and enabling everyone to play a role in rural development – that is what the Dimitra Clubs have succeeded in doing in the Tshopo Province, DR Congo. 

Community Mobilization - DR Congo and Niger (6’20)
This video shows how club members’ resourcefulness and determination to improve their livelihoods have generated a new momentum that has affected the rest of their communities.
 
Women leaders DR Congo and Niger (6’50) 
This video presents four rural women: Djamila, Souweyba, Maguy and Myriam and shows how they have gradually built up their capacities, self-confidence and leadership as a result of the Dimitra Clubs. 

The 'Impact of FAO-Dimitra Clubs: Empowering Rural People' series was produced by Esprit Libre Production and the FAO-Dimitra team.

We value your opinion!

Please share your comments at dimitra@fao.org

This series is also available in French

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Dimitra Clubs : A unique approach

The FAO Dimitra Clubs are groups of women, men and young people – mixed or not – who decide to organize themselves so as to work together to bring about changes in their communities. They meet regularly to discuss the challenges they face in their daily lives, make decisions and take action to resolve their problems.

Set up in several sub-Saharan African countries - DR Congo, Niger, Senegal, Burundi and Ghana - the Dimitra Clubs have had a great success wherever they have been established. The formula is a simple one: the determination of community members to mobilise, a wind-up solar-powered radio – sometimes paired with a mobile phone – close collaboration with community radio stations, support from FAO, some flexibility and … that’s it! The club members are ready to make their voices heared and to face challenges together.

What is it that makes the Dimitra Clubs so special?
This fact sheet answers that question by highlighting the eight key features that are crucial to the functioning of the Dimitra Clubs, and which make the approach unique.

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Community listeners’ clubs. Stepping stones for action in rural areas

FAO-Dimitra, August 2011

This publication summarises the unique experience of the community listeners’ clubs set up in Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo by FAO-Dimitra and its partners. These actionbased information and communication processes have proved so successful that Dimitra decided to share the experience.
The first chapter offers a brief overview of the community listeners’ clubs, their goals and internal functioning and the results achieved. The second chapter tells the story of the listeners’ clubs in the words of the stakeholders, explaining how they were established in the two countries. The third chapter sets out more practical guidelines on the stages involved in creating community listeners’ clubs.

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