This strategic approach is to increase the participation of all of society’s stakeholders in the democratic processes, and encourage proper governance policies on community development based on community demands. This will ensure provision of basic services for the poor and marginalized members of society, as a way of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The specific objective of this charter is to generate information on the contexts of the community as a basis for the development of communities. To achieve the aforementioned objective, data were collected using Reflection-Action, a new integrated participatory methodology.
As an output of the SCEEP project, 18 Community Development Charters (CDCs) were developed by the members of those communities. The communities were drawn from six (6) Local Government Areas in Imo State: In Orlu LGA the communities are Owerre-Ebeiri, Okwuabala/Ihioma and Amaifeke. In Nwangele LGA there are Abajah, Amaigbo and Umuozu. In Aboh Mbaise LGA there are Ola-Elem, Nguru-Nweke and Mbutu. Owerri-West LGA has Oforola, Umuoma-Nekede and Umuguma. Ihitte-Uboma LGA has Umuezegwu, Ikperejere and Amakohia. In Okigwe LGA there are Eluala-Amano, Umulolo and Amuro.
The charter identified and discussed 8 key analysis areas that comprise: social condition, health, education, risk analysis, vulnerability/problems, women rights and power. The prioritized needs of the communities were identified. These include; education, health, employment, agriculture, road/flooding, provision of water supply, and insecurity. It was equally observed that the people are facing a lot of challenges especially with regards to their participation in governance and decision making processes. Some of the challenges noted are as follows; lack of proper representation in government, gender inequality/marginalization, lack of skilled manpower, social and moral vices, violation of rights, and lack of a sense of community responsibility.
At the end of the analysis, key points for policy actions were suggested and the relevant duty bearers and stakeholders responsible for such actions were noted.