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In 2017, nine civil society organizations came together in a collective called "Train to Transform". This collective, created at the initiative of the French association Frères des Hommes, is dedicated to improve the practices of those involved in social transformation.

These organisations have in common that they work locally - in different contexts and countries - to improve the conditions of populations considered to be in vulnerable situations.

This commitment is based on the idea that these people, by activating their power to act, can fight to transform society. The path that the organizations of the collective are embarking on with them, is marked by the 6 priorities for the social transformation of the collective, which constitute a framework for a common political vision with the aim of moving towards a more just and respectful society for everyone.

Each member, in its commitment to social transformation, capitalizes on its practices of support for populations in vulnerable situations, to share them within the collective "Train to Transform", to question them and improve them.
The co-founding organisations of the "Train for Transformation" collective are independent of any political party, trade union or religious movement. Frères des Hommes plays the role of facilitator and benefits from the financial support of the AFD [1] via a programme agreement.

Between 2017 and 2020, the collective was able to refine its political vision and formalize it through its 6 priorities for social transformation.
In 2020, the Social Transformation Workshop is created from the visions and experiences of the member organizations of the "Train to Transform" collective, which are presented below.


Rwanda - Rwanda Association for the Development of Nyabimata

The Association for the Development of Nyabimata was founded in 1982, notably with the support of Frères des Hommes. It intervenes, as its name indicates, in the area around the village of Nyabimata, in the district of Nyaruguru, one of the poorest and most isolated regions of Rwanda. It is inhabited by peasant families who survive on subsistence farming on small areas (less than 1 hectare per family on average) and with very little means in terms of access to seeds.

Adenya aims to improve the lives of these peasant families by increasing and diversifying agricultural production through agro-ecological practices, and by developing the technique of progressive terraces on the hills. The means: The association promotes collective work between farmers and the transmission of their experience and know-how. The association has about ten employees.



DRC - Association for the Promotion of Women's Entrepreneurship

Created in 1996, APEF works with women in South Kivu (a region of the Democratic Republic of Congo where the poverty rate reaches more than 80%) both in an economic approach with support for the development of income-generating activities and in the promotion of their rights through awareness-raising.

Gender is placed at the centre of APEF’s strategy, which includes men in actions targeting households. Since its creation, APEF has been working with Frères des Hommes in a partnership based on shared values, mutual capacity building and co-responsibility.

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Batik International

France - Association for the Defense of Women's Rights

Founded in 1998, BATIK International is an international solidarity association that works with people in vulnerable situations in Europe, South-East Asia and on the southern shores of the Mediterranean to empower them and enable them to access their rights and/or decent work in the long term. Anxious to preserve and develop the autonomy of the local organisations it supports, the association contributes to their strengthening through training activities, peer counselling and exchanges of practices.
Better equipped, these structures are better able to support vulnerable people (women, young people, the elderly, migrants), whether in their socio-economic integration process (support for the creation of activities, international mobility, definition and implementation of the professional project) and/or in their access to rights (social, health, education ...).



Peru - Urban Development Institute

Created in 1980, Cenca works essentially in Lima, around one of the dominant issues in this capital: the growing rural exodus that leads to the extension of the city and the construction of precarious and vulnerable popular neighborhoods on the outskirts of the capital. Cenca works hand in hand with national and international allies; it is also concerned with working in collaboration with municipalities and public institutions to improve local legislation and the infrastructure and facilities that benefit the populations.
Cenca directs its work through 5 strategic axes: City and Territory, Environmental Management, Gender Equity, Solidarity in the Economy, Co production of knowledge. All activities are oriented towards Social Transformation at the personal, community and structural levels.



Sénégal - Association au service du développement

Created in July 1996, Concept is a non-governmental organisation that works in the field of education, training, youth employment, citizenship and support to the handicraft sector in several regions of Senegal including Dakar, Kaolack, Saint-Louis, Kaffrine and Diourbel.

Concept has been a partner of Frères des Hommes for several years. The two organisations are currently involved in a project for the economic and social empowerment of young people (primarily young women) through training and support for integration, mainly via craft activities.



Rwanda - Association for Integrated Rural Development

Duhamic-Adri was founded in 1979. The association is active throughout Rwanda, and more particularly in the southern, northern and western provinces as well as in the capital Kigali where its headquarters are located. In Rwanda, farmers have only small plots of land to cultivate (0.32 hectares on average). They are the forgotten ones in public development policies that focus on intensive monoculture. Duhamic-Adri supports them through training and legal and technical support. The organisation goes out to meet farmers and provides them with management advice and advice on how to find financing. The aim is to raise the awareness of these populations, to "equip" them so that they can change their situation themselves. Duhamic-Adri employs 50 people.



India - Foundation for Educational Innovations in Asia

Created in 1983 in Bangalore, in the State of Karnataka, Fedina aims to support and defend marginalized populations (untouchables, women, tribal populations, informal sector workers).

The organisation operates in 5 Indian states (Karnataka Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry). Fedina has initiated a vast network of grassroots organizations in southern India, the Network of Social Action Groups, which brings together some 30 community groups and more than 40 trade unions with 115,000 members and defends the interests of at least 570,000 people. Fedina has 19 employees.

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Frères des Hommes

France - Frères des Hommes

Frères des Hommes is a French association created in 1965. It is non-denominational and independent of any political party or trade union. It launched the initiative of the Former pour Transformer collective and the dynamics of this site.

Faced with a political, economic and social system that generates inequality and exclusion, Frères des Hommes has set itself the mission of being an actor of social transformation in France but also abroad, where the association works with partner organisations from civil society.

In particular, Frères des Hommes has created the international solidarity incubator, which links people who live in France who wish to carry out an international solidarity project (the Pépins) with local partners in other countries. This system has been set up to train and support the Pépins in developing critical awareness and acting in the field in alliance with populations in vulnerable situations.

Since 2023, Frères des Hommes has also been experimenting with social transformation actions in France, involving volunteers and vulnerable young people. To carry out these actions, Frères des Hommes relies on the experience and knowledge transmitted by members of the collective.



Haïti - Movement Peasant Papaye

Founded on March 20, 1973 in Papaye on the Haut Plateau Central in Haiti by a Haitian agronomist, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste. The Mouvement Paysan de Papaye is a peasant organization whose goal is to unite all peasants (Men, Women, Youth) of rural Haiti organized in groups for their cultural and economic promotion where they are real actors of change in their living conditions.

Its mission is to defend the rights and interests of peasants and support them in their socio-economic activities, allows access to training (technical and ideological training through specific training programs and long training but also facilitates university training for young people both in Haiti and abroad) and facilitates access to basic services in the area.

The MPP has more than 60,000 members and about 100 employees. MPP’s areas of intervention are mainly based on family peasant agriculture, integrated water management, rural energy, environmental protection, small livestock farming, social and solidarity economy, and the processing of agricultural products. Training and gender equity are transversal axes within the organization.



Sénégal - Union of Peasant Groups of Meckhé

In Senegal, the rural environment has been experiencing major difficulties since the liberalization of agriculture in the country and the implementation of structural adjustment policies "less State, more State". Problems of outlets, export crops, indebtedness, soil depletion, all these factors aggravate the rural exodus and the degradation of living conditions in the countryside. Since 1985, the UGPM has wanted, in the Meckhé area (Thiès region), to help families develop their farms through sustainable agro-ecological practices but also by diversifying their sources of income. Attached to the values of peasant agriculture, the UGPM thus tries to promote the return to locality, environmental protection and solidarity by fighting for the peasant to acquire real economic and social viability. UGPM’s website

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