Introduction newsletter n°7, July 2022

Dear SlaFMig readers,

After a few months of absence, the SlaFMig/EMiFo action-research program is back to share with you the latest activities!

On the research front, the members of the Donkosira association have been the most active. First of all, they participated in a qualitative research training with researchers Marie-Christine Deleigne and Marie Rodet in May 2022. On this occasion, they assimilated the principles of this approach and its methods (individual interview and focus group, and co-constructed the interview guides that were used for the second phase of research in Mambiri in June. We will tell you more in the next newsletter! Mamadou Sène Cissé ( General Secretary of Donkosira) and Mariam Coulibaly (Treasurer) also attended the international conference “Knowledge and Decompartmentalization on “Slavery in Africa”” in Yaoundé, in April 2022. They made a presentation on the history of slavery by descent in Mali: the work provided by the Donkosira association in collaboration with Marie Rodet was very much appreciated.

Other activities were also carried out in parallel: the workshop in Gilleleje (Denmark), followed by the advocacy workshop in Paris, were highlights for the project. Donkosira team members and the research team met in Copenhagen at the end of May 2022, before joining Gilleleje for a fruitful coordination workshop. Check out our blog for more details! The team then headed to Paris to facilitate an advocacy workshop with Gambana members of the diaspora in Asnières-Genevilliers. Check out the blog, the photos and the associated report!

Finally, back in Mali, Donkosira members joined Mambiri for the second phase of research, and on this occasion handed over the statistical sheets compiling the preliminary results of the socio-economic survey to the authorities of the village of Mambiri and the Kita region. The governorate of Kita also communicated about this meeting!

We hope you enjoy reading this and on this last news from SlaFMig we wish you a nice summer.

All our best regards,

On behalf of the SlaFMig/EMiFo project team

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