The reality today is that a majority of African countries have succumbed to a logic of poverty or underdevelopment, because they are no longer capable of internally generating the appropriate capacities (human capital - knowledge, skills and values systems) to build institutions and structures and means of production that will enable them to consistently and sustainably produce the social values, goods, and services that correspond to our needs and desires. This sad situation has led to a culture of passive consumerism. The quick adoption of other peoples’ experiences, solutions, systems of production (technologies), and values has become easy and cheap substitute for doing the hard work of growing up and developing native or endogenous competences. A group of Africans and African diaspora decided to positively embrace this situation by creating innovative socio-economic spaces that can provide the appropriate enabling environment to reverse this downward spiral.
Named after a prosperous African civilization that existed between the 14th and 16th century BC, the SONGHAI movement is an example of this initiative. We believe that the only way to fight poverty in Africa is to make African communities self-organizing again.
Songhai is a new and innovative development organization designed to radically tackle the triple challenge of food insecurity, high demographic pressure (particularly youth unemployment) and the growing environmental crisis in a systemic manner.
An eco-literacy center, a research and technological park, a production center, a training and incubation center and a resource and service center.
Born out of a desire to contribute in creating resilient economies in Africa, Songhai advocates a regenerative and circular economic system that is centered in the creation and reinvestment of wealth and human resources into communities to create a snowball effect. For Songhai, sustainable development happens only where and when a dynamic and healthy balance is created between social institutions (being more) and economic institutions (having more) in a community.