The national fair of conscious consumption and sustainable lifestyles in Italy. Two meetings on migration, development and cooperation in Mali, and presentation of the new Tamat project “AwArtMali”.
Tamat NGO partecipation to “Fa’ la cosa giusta!
During the fifth edition of “Fa’ la cosa giusta! The national fair of conscious consumption and sustainable lifestyles in Italy”, held at Umbriafiere, Bastia Umbra, an important space was given to the great African country of Mali, unfortunately currently afflicted by armed conflicts and terroristic groups.
Within Tamat’s project “UmbriaMiCo -°©‐ Festival of the Common World”, that aims to raise public awareness on sustainable development and the processes of global interdependence, Tamat NGO organized two meetings regarding the topic “Mali in Umbria”, in order to discuss about the Malian context, the socio-°©‐economic situation of the country, and the possible and necessary development interventions to be led by international cooperation.
The first appointment - entitled “AwArt Mali” – took place in the room “Soumalia Sako” of the fair, on Saturday, October 13th.
The event guested: Bruno Maïga, the Malian ambassador in Italy; Alessandro Maria Vestrelli, from Umbria Region Administration; Luca Merotta, a researcher and expert of migration phenomena from the Ismu Foundation -°©‐ Initiatives and Studies on Multi-°©‐ethnicity; the director of Farneto Teatro Maurizio Schmidt and Ahmadou Doumbia, director of the Malian NGO “Le Tonus”, that is Tamat’s partner in development and international cooperation projects on the Malian territory. The guests discussed about the methodology and the approach of “Awareness raising and information on the risks of irregular migration through Art in Mali”.
The meeting was coordinated by the journalist and writer Tamara Ferrari.
The second appointment – entitled “Let’s help them at home. Their home? Our home? Who helps who?” – took place on Sunday, October 14th, in the room “Giulio Regeni” of the “Fa’ la Cosa Giusta!”. The focus of the meeting was “Mali and international cooperation, migration and development”.
The public debate was coordinated by the Italian journalist Tamara Ferrari, and saw the participation via Skype of Andrea de Georgio, an Italian journalist from the magazine “Internazionale”, talking from Dakar (Senegal), as well as the contributions of Andrea Ciribuco, researcher from the National University of Ireland Galway, Souleymane Coulibaly, representative of the Malian diaspora in Italy, Piero Sunzini, Tamat NGO director, Luca Merotta a researcher and migration expert from ISMU Foundation, and Gaoussou Drabo,president of the Malian NGO “Le Tonus”.
A video report of the two events is available here.
It has also been broadcasted in the main regional TV networks of Umbria.
What is AwArtMali
AwArtMali aims to contribute to the change of perceptions and behaviour of Malian people looking to irregular migration towards the EU as the only solution to their socio-economic problems.
The action is intended to reach and involve Malian people in order to make them aware and inform them on the risks of irregular migration, on legal alternatives and on economic opportunities available in their country with a multistakeholder approach consisting in awareness campaign and information activities.