MÓN-3: ORIGINS AND WORK IN MAURITANIA
The Development NGO Món-3 describes itself as a critical alternative
in solidarity with the peoples of the south. The organisation began
life in 1985, when a group of Catalan university students and lecturers
got together to discuss our present model of society and the existence
of the Third World.
In speaking of this Development NGO we need to be very clear that
this is an organisation without ties to any party, church or external
institution of any sort. In fact, it describes itself as a university
movement involving students, lecturers, graduates and professionals
linked to Catalan universities.
The philosophy of Món-3 is based on the idea that the Third
World is a product of our current development model, which is extremely
aggressive towards humankind's heterogeneous cultural wealth and the
right of each people to choose its own model of development. For this
reason, its work concentrates on the teaching of values, the organisation
of a training programme related to cooperation and development and
collaboration with different local organisations in the south, with
the object of contributing to the economic, social and cultural development
of the population of these countries.
Since 1989 Món-3 has been working actively with different local
organisations in Mauritania. As well as the projects under way in
Walata, it is also currently collaborating with projects for rural
development through improvements to agricultural production by means
of access to water for irrigation and the rehabilitation of farming
belts in the Brakna region, on the banks of the river Senegal.