Director of Samusocial Mali
Can we reconcile emergency and integration?
Holder of a DEA of Anthropology of Social Change and Development and a Higher Diploma in Social Work, Alou Coulibaly has been working for 15 years in the Malian civil society and associations. After a long experience of capacity building of grassroots community organizations in rural areas and of support / advice to local authorities, Alou Coulibaly has been working since 2011 with Samusocial Mali, a Malian NGO working for the protection and promotion of the rights of street children and youth in Bamako. He led the creation in 2011 of the coordination framework of the public and association actors involved in the fight against social exclusion of street children and youth in the Bamako District, and he remains today one of the main leader of this platform. Committed to children's rights, Alou Coulibaly has been a member of the office of the Malian Coalition for the Rights of the Child (COMADE) since 2018.
The social emergency describes a method to "reach out" people among the most excluded, living in the street, who do not ask for anything and who are unable to go to the existing services providers who might help them. From the emergency to meet their immediate needs, to the long time necessary to the establishment of an individual accompaniment to envisage exit solutions from street life, of which time do we have? Samusocial and Samusocial International professionals must intervene in a temporality adapted to each person, which is confronted with more systemic temporalities related to the requirements of results, inclusion, adequacy to normative frameworks and public policies far from specificities of people, children or adults, in situation of exclusion. How to approach, then, these times of the social emergency?