Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development (LEAD).

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Title of Project:           Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development (LEAD). 

Location:                     Rivers State

Funding:                      RTI International/USAID/PIND

Year:                            2015/2016

Background

This project anticipate that by building the capacity of the local government councils in areas  that by building the capacity of local civil society organization and community-based organizations, constructive and effective advocacy  strategies will replace violent confrontation as the engagement tool of choice in the communities in Akuku-Toru local Government Council. In this regards, improvement in the delivery of social services to poor communities will lead to a reduction in the incidence of poverty and an improvement in the standard of living of the residents of these communities.

Phase II

This phase of the project implemented activities that impacted directly on economic development of the component communities through community partnership

 

Objective

To building the capacity of local civil society organization and community-based organizations, for effective advocacy strategies will replace violent confrontation as the engagement tool of choice in the communities in Akuku-Toru local Government Council.

Project is to improve the service delivery capacity of Akuku-Toru Local Government, as well as the economic development of individuals and communities in the local government area and develop the capacity of local organizations.

General summary of results and successess

Objective 1:          STRENGTHENING THE CAPACITY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND INCREASING TRANSPARENCY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS.

  1. The project activities recorded tremendous result and success right from the beginning of the first activity which was town hall meeting where, The event recorded 39 participants (15 males 24 female) comprising of CDCs CSOs ,CBOs and staffs of the local government. Awareness created on the second phase of the project and buy in of the various stakeholders that attended the meeting
  2. Two-day capacity building for local organizations: A practical test was done to explain the public expenditure tracking system (pet) and at the end of the exercise the participants were able to understand better. The events recorded 21 participants (15 male, 6 females) that were drawn from CDCs, CBOs, CSOs of Akuku Toru local government area trained
  1. One- day town hall meeting with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs): One day SME mapping validation meeting held where ideas on business opportunities and challenges were shared and learning took place for new businesses that might emerged thereafter. The meeting brought together 50 participants (26 males and 24 females) from different business types/groups within the local government for idea on the business opportunities and challenges.
  1. Strengthening Internally Generated Revenue with a one Day Tax Rally: One day tax rally held in Abonnema aimed at creating awareness on the need for the local government to generate revenue internally was a success. 116 people participated in the tax rally (Male 59 and female 57)

Objective 2:    INCREASING THE CAPACITY OF LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS.

 

  1. Conduct OCA for a minimum of five CSOs In Akuku Toru LGA: Five OCA sessions were conducted with the identified local CSOs in Akuku Toru Local Government Area.
  2. Provide support for the conduct of two RNGG meeting: Platform formed to forge partnership in development and participatory local governance, Two 2 one day RNGG network meeting supported and hosted by CIEPD, and 21 Members (11 males and 10 females) attended the two meetings hosted by CIEPD.
  3. Facilitate Media engagement on issues in the LG in partnership with the RNGG: 1 media engagement was conducted and facilitated by CIEPD
  4. Setting up of 4 Ward Accountability Groups: Two number of one day meeting conducted, 4 Ward accountability group set-up and 13 persons (11 Male and 2 females) trained on method of increasing participation of communities in service delivery process.
  5. 2-day capacity building for accountability groups on conflict mitigation and peace building: 2 days capacity building workshop conducted, 21 ward accountability group members trained and 17 Male, 3 female participated

OBJECTIVE 3:              IMPROVING SERVICE DELIVERY AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  1. 3 days survey mapping of vocational skill center in Akuku-Toru: 3 days survey/mapping of vocational development centers conducted
  1. 2 day business development and entrepreneurial skills development training for 30 participants: 30 participants (18 Male, 12 Females) trained in Business development and entrepreneurial skill and The participants represented the six major communities in Akuku Toru Local Government
  • 10 days vocational skill training for 30 participants: Vocational skill training conducted and the capacity of 30 youths (12 male, 18 females)  built on snail, fish and poultry farming and CIEPD provided technical support and linkages for the beneficiaries