IRED - New initiatives and networks for development
IRED (Innovations et Reseaux pour le Developpement) is an
international network of more than 1000 partners in Africa, Latin America and
Asia, who mainly belong to associations of small farmers, pastoralists, those
working in small-scale crafts and industry, NGOs, and training, study and
activity centres. IRED aims to support these, its local partners in developing
countries; in turn they can meet the needs of the people they serve, and be
informed more swiftly of any decisions taken at a higher level which affect
IRED organizes seminars, workshops and symposia and offers
developing countries' institutions an alternative source of funding.
The support IRED gives an association or group will be judged by
the way the development organizations can access and assimilate information.
This information transfer is one of IRED's main strategies through which it
hopes to carry out its objectives. One of the ways in which this is being done
is by helping the Southern partners to share and to exploit to the full their
own experience, which is one of their main assets. IRED also tries to process
information from elsewhere, particularly from the North, which might have a
bearing on the activities of the Southern groups.
IRED feels that information exchange is best carried out by
visits from groups or individuals, as these are more conducive to transferring a
technology or starting a business, or to acquiring better processing and
management techniques. People working on the ground, who may never encounter
classic training techniques, can often come up with alternative training methods
of their own.
IRED-FORUM is published three times a year in French, English
and Spanish, and is the main organ of communication within the network. It
includes information on the activities of the network, specialist articles and
The practical management handbook, Towards greater financial
self-sufficiency, and Making the rural voice heard are three of IRED's most
successful titles. Course reports, guidelines for exchanges and personal
thoughts and accounts also find a ready readership among the members of the
network. Network partners frequently consult the Resource and Documentation
Centres in the three Southern continents and in Geneva, when they need a
management model or background information on an appropriate technology or
advice on financial or other matters.
International Development Support
Service, 3 rue de
Case 116, 1211 Geneva