COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL COMMUNITIES IN CROSS RIVER STATE, NIGERIA.

Brown Egbe Isokon, Okwu Augustina Onyema, Tangban Egbe Ebagu

Abstract


CBOs are considered by development experts as key components of rural community development, without examining what makes them viable so as to accelerate effective community driven development. Thus, the objective of this study is to examine the factors responsible for perceived poor performance of CBOs in executing community development projects. The study showed that socio-demographic structures and compositions of CBOs accounts for their relative performances. It also revealed that 85% CBOs in rural communities have membership with low-socio economic statuses: low income level and poor literacy status, hence, their underperformances. Women and youth were also found to be more actively involved in CBOs and rural community development activities than their male counterparts and the elderly respectively. The implication of this finding is that community development planners should give more attention to socio-demographic structures and compositions as prerequisite for CBO’s viability to sustain community driven development in rural areas. 

Keywords


Community based organizations, Community driven development, Rural communities, Socio-demographic factors, Performance.

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