Community Development Charter Analysis Akwa Ibom

The Centre for Democratic Research and Advocacy (CDRA – consultant) , working through
Women United for Economic Empowerment (WUEE), ActionAid Nigeria and BBC Media
programme, synthesized the 18 Community Development Charter reports drawn from six (6)
local government areas in three (3) senatorial districts of State, around the key issues, into
this single report. The project is targeted at 21, 680,000 adult, women and people living with
disabilities (PWD), to strengthen their capacities to participate and be able to influence
electoral politics through 4 years intervention in Akwa Ibom, kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Lagos,
and Imo state of Nigeria.

The project adopted the ‘Reflection Action’ method consisting of; transect walk, risk and
vulnerability analysis, right register, simple ranking, problem tree, actors’ institution matrix
and Venn diagram in its evaluation of the community capacity in this respect. This approach
was used in the evaluation of the, social conditions, health, education, risk/vulnerability
analysis, women’s right, right violations, power analysis, and communication

The approach revealed huge disparities in human and material development conditions
between the urban centres in Akwa Ibom state and its rural communities where the bulk of
the target audience of this project reside. The critical details indicated that, the contents of
the social conditions of the communities, income, occupation and education, which are
critical elements of social status of people are very insignificant. All other components of the
key areas of the communities showed that the graph to higher on the negative side compare
to the cities. This accounted for the inability of the target audiences before the SCEEP project
to be able to engage the duty bearers (local, state and federal) for their rights where
appropriate. The ranked issues identified, present a consensus agenda for development of the
local areas and the state of Akwa Ibom. SCEEP has empowered the 18 communities, it require
sustenance and scaling up of the programme in other communities to liberate the state from
the unaccountability of the duty bearers and underdevelopment as the communities would
begin to be engage in the processes. The analysis herein led to the identification of problems
requiring policy prescriptions in the SCEEP communities and beyond to move the target
audiences states into the active political participation