Role of Self–Help Groups a Needful Approach to Sustainable Community Development

H. B. Bwala, R. O. Oladosu, S. J. Dukku


The proliferation of self-help groups is an indication of effectives, because groups without value cease to exist overtime. That is why; this paper examined the role and approaches of these groups in Goni-Gora with a view to its sustenance’s. The study is empirical research involved collection of data of both primary and secondary data. The primary data were the information obtained through administration of questionnaires’, oral interview and photographs of the group’s activities. this was done by identifying the means of interaction/participation in community development process, income generation for projects/programs, campaign organizers’ for community projects and the perception of community members on the level of development, as well as impact of project executed and its cost estimates. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistic inform of tables frequency distribution and percentage. The study revealed sixteen different self-help groups, interacting and participating in community development process through community meetings and generates income from sons and daughters of the community through donations levy as well as government support for projects. The campaign organizer of projects is the association of the groups under the auspices of the local authority leadership. And the general perception of community members on executed projects indicated that they are all functional serving the purposes of the community. The impressive/encouraging contribution of these groups is an essential element in the process of community development or transformation. Therefore for the sustenance of these projects, it is recommended government must enlists and maintain the willing support of the groups in the planning, execution and management of these projects that affects them. This will bridge communication gaps.

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