United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (May 2014)
Côte d'Ivoire is very far from the completion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were expected to be achieved in 2015: of the 23 sub-targets, only 6 have been achieved so far. With awareness and social mobilization, open defecation, for example, can be totally eliminated and the percentage of the population that does not have access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation services can be significantly reduced. increase (sub-objectives of MDG 6 on the environment). The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should not make the efforts undertaken in this area give up.
The NGO "Act together" was created on August 16, 2015 to contribute to this development effort by mobilizing a coalition of 3 nuclei of people who share (or are likely to share) the goal of achieving within 5 years 100,000 additional people with access to a source of functional drinking water, using functional latrines, sorting their garbage instead of wild deposits, and having access to at least one alternative source of energy. These 3 cores are: (1) the cadres of the Ivorian Diaspora; (2) fans of social networks in Côte d'Ivoire; and (3) the rural communities of origin of these cadres.
Why these 3 actors? Rural communities are the most vulnerable to the poverty of water and sanitation services and are therefore more likely to engage resolutely in a common project that will put them at the heart of a development project directly affecting their daily lives. Ivorians who love social networks, which are becoming increasingly numerous, are also becoming more socially aware and will be more inclined to start from a common project that allows them to make themselves useful to their parents in rural areas by being agents. of development. The Ivorian Diaspora executives live the benefits of a healthy environment on a daily basis and all have an address book that they can use to support a common project that will also allow them to give back to their country and their country. rural communities of origin a little bit of what they have received from Côte d'Ivoire and these communities.
"Act together" aims to mobilize an active coalition including the Diaspora, executives and fans of Ivorian social networks to improve the living conditions of rural and local communities with whom they have a particular connection.