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 Accueil > Event-related > World Social Forum > Nairobi 2007

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Report from Nairobi (July 2006)

(Date: 22 octobre 2006)

In the beginning of July few informal meetings were held in Nairobi to prepare mobilizations for the World Social Forum 2007. The main idea was to assess the needs and give to the people willing to be in charge the necessary information and tools. This preparation period was organized in coordination with the ALIS network also. One of its members was to arrived in the end of July and to stay in August.

Report by Laurent and Claire.

Meeting with the Kenyan Social Forum

One meeting and several informal discussions were held during this period. We gathered information around the actual preparation of the Forum and the needs to be covered during the event. At the same time we presented the way other Forums were organized regarding translation and the importance to mobilize in advance especially in Nairobi but also in other cities. It was decided that Babels (and ALIS) could use an office within the KSF offices and receive help from the KSF in order to publicize the mobilization.

Languages were also discussed confirming the discussions held in Bamako during the WSSF2006. (see reports).

A budget was redrafted which, although idealistic, was in accordance with the discussions held since Bamako and the reality of the planed Forum according to the KSF at that time. (see hereafter)

Starting the network

It was clear during the discussions that in order to succeed the project should be managed directly from Nairobi in total coordination with the KSF. Kathy, who was involved in a similar project in Bamako (with Mossala) but also Athieno and Simon were met. Our first work was to chart the potentiality of the city : Universities, International Organization professionals and networks and some local grass-root orientated organizations. Our second work was to explain “sit-prep” (see Babels website) materials and give some ideas to organize sessions with professionals and non-professionals. One Babels computers with small equipment and all the videos and documents was given to the Nairobi volunteers in order to be used for Sit-prep and secretariat purposes.

In Mombasa (where people can come from either by night train to Nairobi or buses) several contacts were made, in particular with Elizabeth who contacted the KSF to assess the issue of sign language, but also with Patrick who was involved in the KSF and was coordinating a large network on the coast on peasants and fisherman rights. Positive contacts were also made with the “Alliance française” in Mombasa.

Conclusions

Although concrete help from the KSF was still needed and awaited for, positive impacts of the diverse meetings and discussions could lead to a real mobilization. Nevertheless feelings were mixed since it seemed at that period that the KSF was not taking decisions. Furthermore internal political problems existed within the KSF which prevent them to take these decisions : The Secretariat was in fact functioning without any regular meetings of the KSF Steering Committee for several months, and tensions were evident between Unions, big NGOs and Grass-root movements.

Budget (July 2006)

Items

Price

Number

Total

Comments

Ref.

<span
style='color:red'>PREPARATION PERIOD

Babels-Alis preparatory meetings
are made to gather in Nairobi people involved in mobilization in various
locations. Meetings are organized to share information and methodology and to
coordinate efforts and prepare the event. People involved are people who will
able to come early in the month of January to ease the work load and finalize
the project. The meetings are coordinated with the Kenya OC in order to
provide time for discussions and information exchanges.

July

July Prep - West Africa Trips

$1 200

1

$1 200

11

July Prep - Europe Trips

$1 000

2

$2 000

12

July Prep Total

 

 

$3 200

10

October

October Prep - West Africa Trips

$1 200

2

$2 400

Beginning of October is best

21

October Prep - East Africa Trips

$400

5

$2 000

22

October Prep - India Trips

$900

2

$1 800

23

October Prep - Europe Trips

$1 000

3

$3 000

24

October Prep Total

$9 200

20

December

December Prep - West Africa Trips

$1 200

2

$2 400

Early in December is best.

31

December Prep - East Africa Trips

$400

5

$2 000

32

December Prep - India Trips

$900

2

$1 800

33

December Prep - Europe Trips

$1 000

3

$3 000

34

December Prep Total

$9 200

30

<span
style='color:white'>Preparation Period
Total

<span
style='color:white'> 

<span
style='color:white'> 

<span
style='color:white'>$21 600

<span
style='color:red'> 

<span
style='color:red'>Interpreters

Includes both Alis and Babels. Numbers
are reflecting at this time a political will to mobilize in these regions.
These numbers will checked against reality during the Preparatory meetings.
If some trips are costing less than the budgetted price, the difference will
finance trips which are costing more. For 150 booths active in the Forum at
the same time in 45 rooms we are counting 450 Babels and 90 Alis.

Africa

Trips from Nairobi

$0

200

$0

Including 75 Alis

410

Trips from West Africa

$1 200

50

$60 000

411

Trips from East Africa

$400

100

$40 000

412

Trips from South Africa

$800

20

$16 000

413

Trips from North Africa and Middle
East

$1 500

20

$30 000

414

World

Trips from India

$900

60

$54 000

Including 5 Alis

42

Trips from Europe

$1 000

80

$80 000

Including 10 Alis

43

Trips from the Americas

$2 000

10

$20 000

44

Visas

$60

340

$20 400

45

<span
style='color:red'>Trips Total

<span
style='color:red'> 

<span
style='color:red'>540

<span
style='color:red'>$320 400

40

Accommodation / hotel

$40

150

$36 000

6 nights

51

Accommodation / Bed Breakfast

$20

200

$20 000

5 days

52

Per Diem

$40

540

$108 000

5 days / Including
Food-Water-Transportation to be under the responsibility of each interpreter
(many supermarkets, places to eat for cheap and "Matatus" for cheap
small group transportation in the WSF vincinities). This explains why it is
higher than in all the other Forums.

53

<span
style='color:red'>Living expenses Total

<span
style='color:red'> 

<span
style='color:red'> 

<span
style='color:red'>$164 000

50

<span
style='color:white'>Interpreters -
Total

<span
style='color:white'> 

<span
style='color:white'> 

<span
style='color:white'>$484 400

For those willing to, solidarity
accommodation in private homes has to be sought for. Priority should be given
to African volunteers and if possible their number should raise. The same is true for India.

<span
style='color:red'>EQUIPMENT

Athens ESF - Equipment

$45 000

1

$45 000

The tranfert of equipment is
organized between the two Org. Committee. It includes 175 consoles and 175 emitters with
microphones, earphones and cables

610

Tranportation Athens-Nairobi

$3 000

1

$3 000

611

Storage and other transports

$2 000

1

$2 000

612

FM Transmitters

$150

25

$3 750

62

Interpretation Consoles

$150

25

$3 750

630

Microphones - Earphones - Cables

$30

25

$750

631

FM Receivers (Radios)

$4

50 000

$175 000

People needing translation will be
provided with 1 receiver with battery and earphones for the whole duration of
the Forum / Costs could be included in resgistration fee making the minimum
one at 5$ if we consider 1$ being the minimum registration fee without Radios
/ But need the money before to prepay the receivers.

64

Closed Standing Interpretation
Booths

$300

100

$30 000

650

Desktop Interpretation Booths

$100

50

$5 000

651

Carpenters for booth building
before the event

$100

10

$8 000

652

<span
style='color:white'>Equipment - Total

<span
style='color:white'> 

<span
style='color:white'> 

<span
style='color:white'>$276 250

<span
style='color:red'>RECORDING - ARCHIVING
- INDEXING

Computers

$700

45

$31 500

71

Server

$5 000

1

$5 000

72

<span
style='color:white'>Recording - Total

<span
style='color:white'> 

<span
style='color:white'> 

<span
style='color:white'>$36 500

<span
style='color:red'>SUPPORT IN NAIROBI

Kenyan World Social Forum Office
Support (8 months)

$1 000

4

$32 000

4 persons from July 2006 to
February 2007 (8 months) need to devote their time to mobilization and reach
out, communication, organization and technical coordination, participating
closely the OC work in progress with the program and the logistic issues.

80

<span
style='color:white'>Support - Total

<span
style='color:white'> 

<span
style='color:white'> 

<span
style='color:white'>$32 000

<span
style='color:red'>GENERAL COST

Cost per conference

$1 260

675 conferences (3 conferences per
room per day) / This cost could be ventilated for all the conferences making
it possible to evaluate and justify that organization are, like in other
Forums, contributing when proposing an event. Considering that our evaluation
is based on around 40% of the room equipped for translation and considering
the fact that all the participants to any event are paying a registration
fee, we can imagine that a cost per event (with or without translation which
should not be considered as a service but as a "common good" to be
shared amongst all) of around 500$ is realistic. The "Solidarity
Fund" should take in account this cost in order to be able to wave this
cost from organizations that cannot afford it.

 

General Cost

 

 

$850 750

Financial fees and management
costs (10%)

 

 

$59 553

90

<span
style='color:white'>Total Cost

<span
style='color:white'> 

<span
style='color:white'> 

<span
style='color:white'>$910 303

Currency Unit is US dollar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<span
style='background:#CC9dCC'>CASH FLOW TIME LINE

Month

Amount

Yes/No

Percent

Item Ref.

July

$7 200

80(12,5%) 10

August

$39 000

80(12,5%) 64(20%)

September

$65 700

80(12,5%) 64(30%) 20

October

$77 000

80(12,5%) 610 611 650(50%) 
651(50%) 62 630

November

$212 790

80(12,5%) 40(50%) 51(20%) 
52(20%) 30 612 71(50%) 90(20%)

December

$169 640

80(12,5%) 40(50%) 90(20%)

January

$328 940

80(12,5%) 45 51(80%) 52(80%)
 53 631 64(50%) 650(50%) 651(50%) 652 71(50%) 72 90(20%)

February

$35 280

80(12,5%) 90(40%)

 
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