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NGO Watever
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Founder Marc Van Peteghem, Yves Marre
TypeFrench NGO
Key people
Marc Van Peteghem, Yves Marre, Alain Connan, Gérald Similowski

Watever is a French NGO composed of professionals from the maritime industry, transport and development which was created in 2010 by Marc Van Peteghem, Yves Marre, Alain Connan and Gérald Similowski, [1] convinced that boats can be a gateway to development. [2] Watever assists underprivileged populations living on the shores of oceans and rivers. The NGO is looking to provide access to innovative and sustainable floating solutions, adapted to their economic, social and climatic situation. The concepts that are developed are designed to improve their life conditions by combining modern techniques and traditional knowledge.

France Republic with mainland in Europe and numerous oversea territories

France, officially the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and a total population of 67.3 million. France, a sovereign state, is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice.

Marc Van Peteghem is a French naval architect, co-founder of VPLP a French based naval architectural firm, since 1983.

Yves Marre

Yves Marre is a French entrepreneur, inventor and adventurer, co-founder of Friendship (NGO) in Bangladesh, co-founder of NGO Watever in France and creator of TaraTari Shipyard in Bangladesh.



The NGO arises from the encounter of its two founding members in 2004: Marc Van Peteghem (President) and Yves Marre (Vice-President). [2]

A friendship was born between these two men who share the same values and results in several projects.

Together they developed the concept of floating ambulance in Bangladesh, [3] [4] for the floating hospitals of Friendship (NGO), and produced the first unsinkable boats for the fishermen of the country. [5] In 2010, [6] they created NGO Watever with Alain Connan and Gérald Similowski [1] to support the development of shipbuilding industry in Bangladesh, working on innovation and transfer of technologies.

Bangladesh Country in South Asia

Bangladesh, officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a sovereign country in South Asia. It shares land borders with India and Myanmar (Burma). The country's maritime territory in the Bay of Bengal is roughly equal to the size of its land area. Bangladesh is the world's eighth most populous country as well as its most densely-populated, to the exclusion of small island nations and city-states. Dhaka is its capital and largest city, followed by Chittagong, which has the country's largest port. Bangladesh forms the largest and easternmost part of the Bengal region. Bangladeshis include people from a range of ethnic groups and religions. Bengalis, who speak the official Bengali language, make up 98% of the population. The politically dominant Bengali Muslims make the nation the world's third largest Muslim-majority country. Islam is the official religion of Bangladesh.

Friendship (NGO) non-governmental organization

Friendship is a needs-driven non-governmental organisation that works in the Char islands and riverbanks of northern Bangladesh, the coastal belt in the south, and as of 2017, the Rohingya refugee camps in Ukhia, Cox's Bazar in the southeast. Established by Runa Khan in 2002, Friendship works to empower people through a sustainable, integrated development approach.

Bangladesh is considered as the pilot country where NGO Watever can study and finalize various solutions that could be replicated in countries with similar issues.

Field of activities

Watever develops floating solutions to support people living on the shores of oceans and large rivers. [7] Its main aims are:

The NGO also supports other maritime projects in Bangladesh such as:


The "Moon Boat" of Cox's Bazar Le bateau-lune de l'Association Watever (1).JPG
The “Moon Boat” of Cox’s Bazar

Projects in development


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