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CSDP Concludes Environmental and Social SafeGuard Training (ESSG)

CSDP Concludes Environmental and Social SafeGuard Training (ESSG) 20 April 2020

CSDP Concludes Environmental and Social SafeGuard Training (ESSG)

To build the capacity of staff on environmental and social safeguards

The Federal Project Support Unit (FPSU) of the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) carried out a workshop to build the capacity of staff on environmental and social safeguards. The workshop was carried out between 16th and 21st of March, 2020 and the participants were divided into 2 batches

FPSU Switches to Fiber Optics

FPSU Switches to Fiber Optics 12 May 2020

FPSU Switches to Fiber Optics

Another Giant Stride by the National Coordinator

The National Coordinator of CSDP, Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje, in his bid to face the new technology realities posed by the Novel COVID-19 Pandemic, has initiated a Fiber Optics Internet in the entire Federal Project Support Unit of CSDP, which now gives a clear and fast internet connection sufficient for hosting Virtual Meetings, live Webinars, online Monitoring and Evaluation and even Interviews.

CSDP in Readiness as COVID 19 initiates Community Transmission

CSDP in Readiness as COVID 19 initiates Community Transmission 16 May 2020

CSDP in Readiness as COVID 19 initiates Community Transmission

State Agencies trained in various Mitigation and Preparedness Procedures

Towards the race against time, to prevent the ongoing COVID 19 Pandemic from making its was into the Vulnerable communities, CSDP has strategized on how best to tackle the Psychosocial component of Disaster Management at the Poor and Vulnerable level in the Communities.

CSDP PARTNERS NAPTIP on Psychosocial Assistance

CSDP PARTNERS NAPTIP on Psychosocial Assistance 17 May 2020

CSDP PARTNERS NAPTIP on Psychosocial Assistance

Deployment of helplines in the state agencies to provide psychosocial support on COVID-19 and other crisis

The Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) is partnering with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to provide technical assistance on psychosocial support at community level.

CSDP Ahead of the Curve in Fighting COVID-19

CSDP Ahead of the Curve in Fighting COVID-19 29 May 2020

CSDP Ahead of the Curve in Fighting COVID-19

The aim is to reduce the pandemic’s life span in Nigeria. BY SULEIMAN ODAPU

At times of emergencies, national assets are mobilized to be part of collective struggle to tackle various crises, this President Muhammadu Buhari knows very well, thus his call for the mobilization of National assets to contain the novel Corona Virus or COVID -19 was loud. At the drop of the hat, the National Coordinator of Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), Dr Abdulkarim Obaje swung into action. He mobilized the CSDP human and material resources for this national assignment with tripartite impact; local, national, and global. The aim is to reduce the pandemic’s life span in Nigeria

CSDP host Online WebEx Meeting for the Draft CDD Policy Review

CSDP host Online WebEx Meeting for the Draft CDD Policy Review 1 June 2020

CSDP host Online WebEx Meeting for the Draft CDD Policy Review

Promoting Community Driven Development approach in Nigeria

Due to the lockdown, a virtual meeting has just been concluded as regards the Draft Community Driven Development (CDD) Policy Review Document. 
The meeting was held at about 12:30pm on the 1st of June, 2020

World Bank Post COVID-19 Intervention Grant: AKSG Inaugurates Committee

World Bank Post COVID-19 Intervention Grant: AKSG Inaugurates Committee 9 June 2020

World Bank Post COVID-19 Intervention Grant: AKSG Inaugurates Committee

Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (State CARES)

Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (State CARES) for Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (NIGERIA CARES) has been inaugurated.

Inaugurating the Committee, the Chairman of COVID-19 Management Committee and Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, said the Committee is expected to work out modalities that will enable the State benefit from the World Bank's  Post COVID-19 intervention programmes  as directed by the National Economic Council. 

Nasarawa CSDA applauds communities for patronage

Nasarawa CSDA applauds communities for patronage 9 June 2020

Nasarawa CSDA applauds communities for patronage

The Nasarawa State Community and Social Development Agency has commended Communities in the World Bank captured Local Government Councils for their patronage in the last 10 Years.

The Nasarawa State Community and Social Development Agency has commended Communities in the World Bank captured Local Government Councils for their patronage in the last 10 Years.

General Manager of the Agency, Ahmed Saidu Ishaq gave the commendation during an interview, shortly after declaring open a one day sensitization workshop for LGAs, LGARCS (MDAs) Desk Officers on Monday at De Crown Hotel Lafia, the State Capital.

Head of Operations of CSDP in Nassarawa State on a Fiduciary Resolution Visit

Head of Operations of CSDP in Nassarawa State on a Fiduciary Resolution Visit 9 June 2020

Head of Operations of CSDP in Nassarawa State on a Fiduciary Resolution Visit

FPSU Verification team lead by CSDP Head of Operations Mr. Adewale Fabowale, Head of Admin, Mrs. Gadzama Fati and Projects Finance Officer, Mrs. Zubair Ramat

Nassarawa State Community and State Development Agency (CSDA), General Manager Ahmed  Saidu Ey-Shaa received the Head of Operations and his team from the Federal Project Support Unit, the headquaters of CSDP, the Head of Operations   Mr. Adewale Fabowale, followed by the Head of Admin, Mrs. Gadzama Fati and Projects Finance Officer, Mrs. Zubair Ramat  met with the Staff of the NSCSDA.

Other staff of NSCSDA on hand to receive the team from the Headquaters were Operation Manager, Hajiya Maimuna Usman, Finance and Admin Manager, Abdullahi O. Yahaya and Monitory and Evaluation Manager, Dr. Dahiru M. Kabiru during the briefing.

Gombe Govt provides N600m for community projects

Gombe Govt provides N600m for community projects 10 June 2020

Gombe Govt provides N600m for community projects

To implement 256 micro projects of critical needs.

The Gombe State Government has provided N600 million to communities and groups in the state to implement 256 micro projects of critical needs.

Alhaji Abubakar Kumo, General Manager of the Gombe State Agency for Community and Social Development (GMCSDA), disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Wednesday.

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STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT PLAN, LABOUR MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE , ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL COMMITMENT PLAN

REPORTS FOR THE PROPOSED NIGERIA-COVID-19 ACTION RECOVERY AND ECONOMIC STIMULUS (N-CARES)

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In accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act CAP E12 LFN 2004, which makes it mandatory for proponents of all new major development activities to carry out Environmental and Social Impact Assessment on their proposed projects, the Federal Ministry of Environment hereby announces a twenty-one (21) working days Public Notice for information and comments on the Draft Stakeholders Engagement Plan (SEP), Labour Management Procedure (LMP) and Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP)  reports submitted by Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Headquarter Abuja.

 

Download Environment and Social Commitment Plan PDF Document

Download Labour Management Procedure PDF Document

Download Stakeholder Engagement Plan PDF Document

 

 

Brief Project Description:

The Programme is aimed at restoring the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable, maintaining food security, and facilitating recovery of medium and small enterprises (MSEs) are some of the key objectives set out in government’s Economic Sustainability Plan to respond to the current economic crisis in Nigeria. 

 

The objectives of Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-CARES) Programme will be predicated on four result areas. (i) Increased social transfer, basic services, and livelihood support to poor and vulnerable households (ii) Increasing food security and safe functioning of food supply chains for poor households (iii) Preventing collapse/facilitating recovery of household/micro enterprises (iv) Strengthened institutional support for coordination and delivery.

 

 

The Programme is aimed at Restoring the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable, maintaining food security, and facilitating recovery of medium and small enterprises (MSEs) are some of the key objectives set out in government’s Economic Sustainability Plan to respond to the current economic crisis in Nigeria.

The objectives of Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-CARES) project will be predicated on four result areas. (i) Increased social transfer, basic services, and livelihood support to poor and vulnerable households (ii) Increasing food security and safe functioning of food supply chains for poor households (iii) Preventing collapse/facilitating recovery of household/micro enterprises (iv)Strengthened institutional support for coordination and delivery.

 

Download Environment and Social Commitment Plan PDF Document

Download Labour Management Procedure PDF Document

Download Stakeholder Engagement Plan PDF Document

 

The Display Centers Are:

  • State Ministries of Environment in all the thirty-six (36) States of Nigeria and Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Abuja.
  • Federal Ministry of Environment Field Offices in all the thirty-six (36) states of Nigeria.
  • Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning Headquarters, 816 Ahmadu Bello Way, CBD, Abuja.
  • www.ead.gov.ng
  • www.fmhds.gov.ng
  • www.csdpnigeria.org
  • Federal Ministry of Environment, Environment House (Brown Building), Independence Way South, Central Business District, Abuja – F.C.T.

Duration of Display: Date:  20th October –  17th November, 2020.

Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm Daily.

ALL COMMENTS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE HON. MINISTER, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT HEADQUARTERS, MABUCHI, ABUJA -F.C.T OR VIA MAIL eia@ead.gov.ng or info@ead.gov.ng

Download Environment and Social Commitment Plan PDF Document

Download Labour Management Procedure PDF Document

Download Stakeholder Engagement Plan PDF Document

 

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STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT PLAN, LABOUR MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE , ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL COMMITMENT PLAN

REPORTS FOR THE PROPOSED NIGERIA-COVID-19 ACTION RECOVERY AND ECONOMIC STIMULUS (N-CARES)

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In accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act CAP E12 LFN 2004, which makes it mandatory for proponents of all new major development activities to carry out Environmental and Social Impact Assessment on their proposed projects, the Federal Ministry of Environment hereby announces a twenty-one (21) working days Public Notice for information and comments on the Draft Stakeholders Engagement Plan (SEP), Labour Management Procedure (LMP) and Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP)  reports submitted by Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Headquarter Abuja.

 

Download Environment and Social Commitment Plan PDF Document

Download Labour Management Procedure PDF Document

Download Stakeholder Engagement Plan PDF Document

 

 

Brief Project Description:

The Programme is aimed at restoring the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable, maintaining food security, and facilitating recovery of medium and small enterprises (MSEs) are some of the key objectives set out in government’s Economic Sustainability Plan to respond to the current economic crisis in Nigeria. 

 

The objectives of Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-CARES) Programme will be predicated on four result areas. (i) Increased social transfer, basic services, and livelihood support to poor and vulnerable households (ii) Increasing food security and safe functioning of food supply chains for poor households (iii) Preventing collapse/facilitating recovery of household/micro enterprises (iv) Strengthened institutional support for coordination and delivery.

 

 

The Programme is aimed at Restoring the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable, maintaining food security, and facilitating recovery of medium and small enterprises (MSEs) are some of the key objectives set out in government’s Economic Sustainability Plan to respond to the current economic crisis in Nigeria.

The objectives of Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-CARES) project will be predicated on four result areas. (i) Increased social transfer, basic services, and livelihood support to poor and vulnerable households (ii) Increasing food security and safe functioning of food supply chains for poor households (iii) Preventing collapse/facilitating recovery of household/micro enterprises (iv)Strengthened institutional support for coordination and delivery.

 

Download Environment and Social Commitment Plan PDF Document

Download Labour Management Procedure PDF Document

Download Stakeholder Engagement Plan PDF Document

 

The Display Centers Are:

  • State Ministries of Environment in all the thirty-six (36) States of Nigeria and Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Abuja.
  • Federal Ministry of Environment Field Offices in all the thirty-six (36) states of Nigeria.
  • Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning Headquarters, 816 Ahmadu Bello Way, CBD, Abuja.
  • www.ead.gov.ng
  • www.fmhds.gov.ng
  • www.csdpnigeria.org
  • Federal Ministry of Environment, Environment House (Brown Building), Independence Way South, Central Business District, Abuja – F.C.T.

Duration of Display: Date:  20th October –  17th November, 2020.

Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm Daily.

ALL COMMENTS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE HON. MINISTER, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT HEADQUARTERS, MABUCHI, ABUJA -F.C.T OR VIA MAIL eia@ead.gov.ng or info@ead.gov.ng

Download Environment and Social Commitment Plan PDF Document

Download Labour Management Procedure PDF Document

Download Stakeholder Engagement Plan PDF Document

 

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ESSA Report for Proposed Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE EXERCISE OF THE DRAFT ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL SYSTEM ASSESSMENT (ESSA) REPORTS FOR THE PROPOSED NIGERIA-COVID-19 ACTION RECOVERY AND ECONOMIC STIMULUS (N-CARES) PROGRAMME IN THE 36 (THIRTY-SIX) STATES OF THE FEDERATION AND FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY

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In accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act CAP E12 LFN 2004, which makes it mandatory for proponents of all new major development activities to carry out Environmental and Social Impact Assessment on their proposed projects, the Federal Ministry of Environment hereby announces a twenty-one (21) working days Public Notice for information and comments on the Draft Environment and Social System Assessment (ESSA) reports submitted by Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Headquarter Abuja.

 

Download ESSA PDF Document

 

Brief Project Description:

The Programme is aimed at Restoring the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable, maintaining food security, and facilitating recovery of medium and small enterprises (MSEs) are some of the key objectives set out in government’s Economic Sustainability Plan to respond to the current economic crisis in Nigeria.

The objectives of Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-CARES) project will be predicated on four result areas. (i) Increased social transfer, basic services, and livelihood support to poor and vulnerable households (ii) Increasing food security and safe functioning of food supply chains for poor households (iii) Preventing collapse/facilitating recovery of household/micro enterprises (iv)Strengthened institutional support for coordination and delivery.

 

Download ESSA PDF Document

 

The Display Centers Are:

  • State Ministries of Environment in all the thirty-six (36) States of Nigeria and Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Abuja.
  • Federal Ministry of Environment Field Offices in all the thirty-six (36) states of Nigeria.
  • Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning Headquarters, 816 Ahmadu Bello Way, CBD, Abuja.
  • www.ead.gov.ng
  • www.fmhds.gov.ng
  • www.csdpnigeria.org
  • Federal Ministry of Environment, Environment House (Brown Building), Independence Way South, Central Business District, Abuja – F.C.T.

Duration of Display: Date:  6th October – 3rd November, 2020.

Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm Daily.

ALL COMMENTS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE HON. MINISTER, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT HEADQUARTERS, MABUCHI, ABUJA -F.C.T OR VIA MAIL eia@ead.gov.ng or info@ead.gov.ng

Download ESSA PDF Document

 

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World Bank spent N90bn on community projects in 11 years – official

the goal was to reach out to poor communities so that development would flourish. - Obaje

Sep 26, 2020 218 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), an initiative of the Federal Government with support from the World Bank, spent N90 billion on community projects in 30 states from 2009 to date, an official has said.

Dr Abdulkarim Obaje, National Coordinator of the CSDP, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that the goal was to reach out to poor communities so that development would flourish. He spoke shortly after the presentation of the Community-Driven Development Policy (CDDP) held in Abuja. Obaje said that the policy would provide a framework for organising poor communities and vulnerable groups together to access development resources from the government or donor partners to address their own peculiar needs.

Obaje also disclosed that CSDP had more than 17,000 micro projects across 30 states that had been designed, implemented and sustained by members of the community. He added that the projects, which were community-driven, were conceived, implemented, managed and sustained by the members of community themselves.

“The major plan for the implementation of the projects in all the 30 participating states, where over N90 billion had been expended from 2009 to date, is community development. “State offices of Community and Social Development Agencies facilitate the projects by helping the communities to identify and prioritise what their needs are, and help them to elect officials that will manage the Work Bank resources that come through the Federal Government.

“Each community is expected to open an account and get registered with the Local Government Area. “This is the whole concept of the community-driven development approach. This has been experimental for the past 11 years and it has shown spectacular results. “The desire of the Federal Government now is that since we have done these projects so well, we should come up with a policy that will regulate the relationship of all the major stakeholders that are involved in delivering these services to poor and vulnerable groups.

“Apart from our own local experience with the support of World bank, we have undertaken study tours to sister countries in Africa like Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Indonesia and India to learn how they address the challenges of poor communities. “The lessons we have gathered have directly helped us to put the policy together. “So, the policy we have is an advocacy tool or a delivery mechanism for bringing development to poor communities.

“We are hoping that the policy will be approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and, subsequently, we will engage the National Assembly to enact a law. “For instance, in Indonesia, there is a law on villages and Ministry for Village Affairs and it is an offence punishable by law for any development partner to undertake a project in any community without consulting members of the community,” he said. Obaje expressed optimism that the policy would fast track the attainment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next 10 years.

He said that the major challenge of poverty was that it manifests largely in lack of access to basic social services such as water, education, health and nutrition. Also speaking to NAN, Dr Nasir Mahmood, Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment, commended the CSDP team for drafting the policy document. Mahmood said that he would submit the policy document to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, for onward presentation and consideration by FEC for approval.

Task Team Leader for CSDP at the World Bank, Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa, told NAN that the policy document was a veritable tool to tackling poverty. (NAN)

 

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Katsina CSDA trains communities on Projects Sustainability

To expose the participants on the techniques of sustaining self-help projects executed by Communities and groups under CSDP Additional Financing.

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The Katsina State Community and Social Development Agency (KTCSDA) has organized a training on Post Implementation and Micro-Projects Sustainability for 67 Community Projects Management Committees (CPMCs) and 27 Group Project Management Committees (GPMCs) from nine Participating Local Government Areas in the State.

Speaking during the training, the Acting General Manager of the Agency, Muhammad Dikko Abdulaziz said the training was meant to expose the participants on the techniques of sustaining self-help projects executed by Communities and groups under CSDP Additional Financing.

“I am very much happy that Katsina CSDP has directly touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of poor and vulnerables in the State and with that we owe it a duty to ensure that you sustain the micro-projects for maximum use as provided for by the Project Implementation Manual”. He revealed that the Agency had succeeded in assisting the communities and groups to execute various developmental micro-projects in critical sectors of education, health, water supply, transport and electricity among others.

He expressed gratitude to Katsina State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari for his support to the Agency as well as the World Bank that is all out to assist in poverty reduction through CSDP. The Finance and Administration Manager of the Agency, Magaji Yusuf Bakori charged the participants to ensure transparency and accountability in their efforts to sustain the micro-projects in their communities.

He expressed satisfaction that the knowledge and experience acquired while working with CSDP has put them on the driver’s seat in terms of micro-projects management. Certificate of Community Developmental Plans (CDPs) and Groups Development Plans (GDPs) were presented to CPMCs and GPMCs that successfully completed their micro-projects.

Papers presented during the training include Techniques of Building Maintenance, Techniques of Hand Pump Borehole Repairs: The Practical Approach, Community Mobilization and Support for Project Sustainability among others.

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World Bank Projects: Zamfara tasks Communities on Maintenance

Muhammad, the Permanent Secretary said that the training was to sensitize the benefiting communities on how to manage and sustain the facilities.

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The Zamfara Agency for Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) has charged communities in the state who benefited from the World Bank intervention projects to ensure their maintenance for future sustainability. The Permanent Secretary in charge of the agency, Alhaji Garba Muhammad gave the charge at a one-day capacity building training on facility maintenance and sustainability of Community Micro-Projects in Gusau on Saturday.

Muhammad said that the training was to sensitise the benefiting communities on how to manage and sustain the facilities. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants at the programme were drawn from members of Community Projects Management Committees (CPMCs) in the 28 communities across the 10 LGAs in the state.

Muhammad said that all the 28 communities had benefited from various projects, comprising water, electrification, schools, clinics, skills acquisition centres and drainages, among others. “As we are all aware, no matter how qualitative the projects are, without proper maintenance, they cannot be sustained. 

“That is why we have invited members of our CPMCs from the benefiting communities for this training,” he said. Muhammad noted that various resource persons were on hand to make presentations.

In his remarks, the Operations Manager of the agency, Alhaji Sani Buhari, urged the participants to cooperate with the resource persons in order to benefit from their presentations. Buhari charged the committees to increase their efforts in ensuring proper maintenance of schools, hospitals, halls and skills acquisition centres build by the Agency.

He commended them for complying with the World Bank guidelines and appealed to them to maximise efforts. Malam Umar Nakwada, Project Officer, Information, Education, Communication and Training, of the agency, tasked participants on proper use of electrical appliances. Nakwada urged the committees to comply with the required ethics while executing the various projects approved by the agency.

Other papers presented during the training comprised tree planting and its importance, maintenance of boreholes and other sources of water and rural roads maintenance, among others.

 

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KOGI CSDP: TOOL FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Ends 2016-2020 CSDP-AF, Set to launch CARES Project, To get $20M for new Project

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KOGI CSDPNot until recently, a lot of social developments in Nigeria were directed towards people in the urban areas while those in the rural areas that make up the bulk of the population were relatively neglected. Although the necessary materials for the development of these rural areas abound naturally within their immediate environment, their lack of awareness and participation tend to impede community development.

The problem of social and political integration is, perhaps, one of the most intriguing to people of a developing society like Nigeria. No nation can achieve its goal the ideals of development. Let me not bore you with too much lectures on community development as this piece is meant to look at the giant strides achieved by the Kogi State Community Social and Development Agency (KSCSDA) under the leadership of its General Manager, Mallam Momoh Jimoh.

For those who might not know what Community Social and Development Project is all about, CSDP is a World Bank Assisted project that promotes Community driven development. The project is co-financed by the Federal Government and 30 participating states.

CSDP assists communities in the implementation of their felt needs with Micro Projects in Education, Health, Rural Electrification, Transportation, Water, Socio-Economic, Environment/ Natural Resource and Gender & Vulnerable Groups (GVG). For a state to participate in the CSDP, the state must have met the following criteria: first is the expression of interest by a state, a law establishing the state Agency for CSDP passed by the state House of Assembly and assented to by the State Governor, agreement that the state government transfer to the State Agency proceeds of the credit on non- reimbursement basis, project account certified by the FPSU and International Development Association (IDA) has been opened by the state and agreed initial amount deposited in the said account and staffing, office accommodation and Composition of Board or at least overseeing Ministry for the State Agency.

Kogi State having been able to fulfil the above listed conditions became disbursement effective and thus a participating CSDP state. The General Manager in a chat with The Graphic Reporter, threw more light on what community development was all about. “Basic to any developmental process is man’s desire for a better life and better environment.” However, development as stated in the 4th National Development Plan, “does not start with goods and things; it starts with people; their orientation, organisation and discipline.

When a society is properly oriented, organised and disciplined, it can be prosperous in natural wealth. This claim is quite true as it can be seen through the World Bank Community Social and Development Project which to a large extent has been rated as one of the most successful projects executed. This now brings us to the basic mandate of the KS-CSDA as related to 2016-2020 Community and Social Development Project – Additional Financing.

The overall goal of the CSDP according to its Project Operation/Implementation Manual (2011): “is to improve access to services for Human Development (HD)”. To achieve this laudable goal, the Project Development Objective (PDO) “is to support empowerment of communities and local government authorities for sustainable increased access of poor people to improved social and natural resource, infrastructure and services.”

One can specifically say that the avowed mandates of the CSDA are to: empower communities to Plan, Part-Finance, Implement, Monitor and Maintain Sustainable and Society inclusive Multi-Sectoral Micro- Projects. The GM further disclosed that in the Additional Financing, the credit to be spent on project in each state is $4M which he noted that some states have not been able to spend while others have exhausted the credit money on project. He stated: “When I came in barely two years ago, precisely 4th of April, 2018, the agency was under suspension for over a year which hindered project execution. “When I came in fully, I told myself and charged the staff that we must spend the allocation of the money given to the agency.

Today, am happy to inform you that since then, year in year out we have always being surpassing our previous achievements. For this year 2020, we had only 6 months which was suppose to end in June, 2020, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the duration was extended to the end of September, 2020, which before the end of September we would finish attending to all the benefiting communities.”

He added that in pursuit of its avowed mandates as highlighted above, the Agency has embarked on a number of micro-projects, some of which has direct impacts on the socio-economic lives of the target population. For instance, the agency has been involved in micro-projects in the sectors of education, health, water, rural electrification, transport, socio-economic, environment and natural resources as well as gender and vulnerable groups. Some of the micro-projects in these sector-specific areas includes: classroom blocks, health centers, drilling of boreholes, rural electrification, roads/bridges, market stalls, civic/skills acquisition centers and construction of VIP toilets.

To ensure the success of projects undertaken by the Agency, a participatory approach was adopted. Hence, the beneficiary communities/groups identified and selected projects of their choice, paid a 10 per cent counter-part fund of total project cost while the Agency approved, monitored implementation/execution on stage-by-stage basis to ensure compliance to rules and standard. This collaborative approach indeed, led to successful completion of numerous projects on schedule.

He further added that the agency within the period under review embarked on over 72 Micro projects in the East, over 70 in Central and over 68 in the West senatorial district respectively. As a way to maintain the project executed, the agency trained beneficiary communities on facility maintenance and sustainability for Community Project Management Committee (CPMC).

While thanking the state government under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello for donating N200M to the agency, he further commended the governor for providing an enabling environment for the agency to effectively carry out her activities. In the area of challenges, the GM revealed that the basic challenges faced by the agency are beneficiary response to required project 10% contribution, and the need for well to do individuals in the community to help with finance and resources and time to reach out to more communities.

He also revealed that through the activities and mode of operation of the Agency, governance has been brought closer to the grassroots and the orientation of the people has been positively changed about development and accessibility to quality life. On the next project, the GM has the following to say: “the next phase of the project which we are hoping would kick-start in October is called COVID-19 Action Response and Economic Stimulus (CARES). According to him, the pandemic and containment measures stifled domestic activity and disrupted trade and transportation. Border closures and panic-buying led to a temporary hike in prices of some foodstuffs. As a result of these challenges, the CARES Project was set up to respond to the damages caused by the pandemic on our economy.  

He disclosed that CSDP is the leading implementing agency with other two result areas which he named as: FADAMA and Small and Medium Skill Enterprises. Speaking on the plans for full implementation, he stated that CARES would be restricted to four intervention areas, namely, education, health, water, and nutrition with other areas like access roads, electricity and others.

To facilitate the activities of CARES in the country, each state, he disclosed, would be given a sum of $20M for a period of two years. This, he said, is going to be a programme for result, that is, within the duration of 6months, each state would have to show what they have done with whatever money they will be availed with for start up. He stressed that the total sum of money won’t be released at once as the money would be coming in as each state is able to make proper use of what they had been given.

by ATURU BISHOP

 

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National Workshop with Stakeholders on Community Driven Development Policy in Nigeria

National Workshop with Stakeholders on Community Driven Development Policy in Nigeria

The policy document is expected to serve as a guide and strategic resource for all actors in the CDD interventions in Nigeria.

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In line with the development of Community Driven Development Policy,  a  key deliverable of the Community and Social Development Project,  the Federal Project Support Unit has organized a 2_ day meeting with Stakeholders on Community Driven Development (CDD) Policy in Nigeria  for stakeholders of the CSDP participating States

 
In Nigeria, the philosophy of people’s participation in community development is increasingly gaining acceptance as an important instrument for mobilising resources, indigenous knowledge, skills and capacities to address the challenges of poverty and improved welfare for the poor. Experience has shown that policies aimed at promoting inclusive growth and development designed as a supply driven paradigm are insufficient for poverty reduction and sustainable development.  The global paradigm shift gaining currency especially among developing and middle level income countries is that people living in poor communities are strategically best placed to identify and proffer solutions to their development needs, they are more conversant with the gaps, priorities and best fitted solutions to address them. Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach, therefore, offers the opportunity to fill these critical gaps and also achieve sustainable development, especially at the grass-roots level. 

CDD helps in poverty reduction by promoting the principles of sustainability, community ownership, popular participation, efficiency and value for money.  All these have led to  accelerated socio-economic development of the poor, inclusive and responsive growth and development,  empowerment of the poor and vulnerable citizens, building social capital and trust,  strengthened governance in poor communities,  improved accountability, transparency and reduced the cases of abandoned projects.


The stakeholders  invited  from the participating states were representatives of State Government, the General Managers, Local Government representative, Community Development Association Chairmen and the CSOs.

"The policy document is expected to serve as a guide and strategic resource for all actors in the CDD interventions in Nigeria."

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The National Coordinator's visit to Nasarawa State Community and Social Development Agency

The National Coordinator's visit to Nasarawa State Community and Social Development Agency

He pointed out how the FPSU and the World Bank will love Nasarawa State Agency to be in the fore -front

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The National Coordinator, Abdulkarim Obaje, of The Community And Social Development Agency (CSDP), the Federal Project Support Unit (FPSU) visits Nasarawa, while addressing the agency staff in a 15 minute brief, the NC intimated the staff of the agency on how current challenges faced by the agency will soon be overcome.

He pointed out how the FPSU and the World Bank will love Nasarawa State Agency to be in the fore -front, especially because of its proximity to the FCT.

He encouraged the staff to put in their best being that the agency just came back onboard, so as to ensure that all key stakeholders are impressed and happy with implementation status of the agency in the state.

 

Key communities like Yelwata Wuji, which has the interest of the World Bank, are listed among the communities which the NC will visit to witness the implementation status first hand in a bid to intimate the World Bank Task Team Leader for CSDP, on the level and status of work accomplished in the community.


He closed the brief with a visit to his excellency, The Executive Governor of Nasarawa State in the company of the Project Management Committee (PMC), where the governor assured of his continuous support to the agency for its prudence and transparency in the management of resources.

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CSDP & C/River Govt executes 838 micro projects in 11 years, says Gov. Ayade

CSDP & C/River Govt executes 838 micro projects in 11 years, says Gov. Ayade

Ben Ayade of Cross River disclosed this in Calabar during a one day workshop on presentation of CSDP outcome evaluation result to stakeholders in Cross River

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The Cross River Government on Wednesday said it has successfully executed 838 micro projects across the state through the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) in collaboration with the World Bank between 2009 till date. Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River disclosed this in Calabar during a one day workshop on presentation of CSDP outcome  valuation result to stakeholders in Cross River.

Ayade, who was represented by Dr Inyang Asibong, Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, said the CSDP has been the lead agency in rural development in the state. Ayade said that his administration was focused on industrialisation, hence the need to provide micro projects and critical infrastructure for rural dwellers in the state.

According to him, the micro projects were executed in over 300 communities across the 18 local government areas of the state. He mentioned the areas of intervention to include provision of water, healthcare centres, education, rural electrification, socio-economic, environment, transport and community housing. “We believe that if these projects are sustained, the industrialisation agenda of this administration will be achieved.

“Cross River as a state is committed to sustaining the gains of the project because it is meant to improve social and natural resources infrastructure services in a sustainable manner,” he said. Speaking, Mr Fidel Udie, the Acting General Manager of Cross River Committee and Social Development Agency, explained that the workshop was to ascertain the outcome of benefitting communities over the years through the CSDP project.

Udie explained that the vision of the agency was “to be an agency championing sustainable infrastructural development of poor communities and vulnerable groups in the state”. On his part, the Chairman of Board of the Agency, Mr Tony Ikpeme, said that the workshop was to help them assess the beauty of the impact of infrastructure carried out across the state.

Ikpeme, who disclosed that the project will have new phases going forward, said that the rural dwellers were the direct beneficiaries of the projects. In his goodwill message, Mr Fabowale Gbadebo, the Head of Operations, Federal Project Support of CSDP, commended the state government for sustaining the execution of the projects to improve the social economic and health status of rural dwellers. (NAN)

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