More communities in Nigeria are being positioned for sustainable community development as V2P extends into 24 communities in Kaduna and the Southeast region.
The extension of the V2P project will run until March 2018, and will facilitate the provision of improved public services and infrastructure; a replication of the successes achieved in Anambra state.
With funding from UK aid, the initial phase of the project began in July 2013 and evidenced remarkable progress in using the rights-based approach to achieving community development. Reaching 85,048 people within Anambra alone, this community driven project supported communities to tackle the high levels of poverty through the demand for improved social services for the poor and excluded groups. The capacity of community members were built to influence change in local and state government practices especially in the areas of their responsiveness to citizens.
“Through the V2P project, we learnt how to demand our rights from government without fear” explains the traditional leader of Amaetiti community.
“Since the coming of V2P, there has been a lot of improvement in our community. Our road was very bad and unmotorable. It is through V2P that we wrote letters and called on government and they have awarded the contract and have already started work on the road” he continued.
V2P will replicate such successes in its new target areas, with a renewed vision of ending poverty in Nigeria in line with the new global goal of ‘Leaving no one behind’. V2P will replicate its core approaches in Ebonyi, Imo, Abia and Enugu states to cover the Southeast region, expand its work in Anambra state, as well as adapt its approaches to the context of Kaduna state. Through its activities, more communities in Nigeria will be empowered to know and demand their rights from the government, will demand for improved services, will participate in decision-making about issues of community development in a bid to rise out of poverty.
The Voice to the People partners are: Africa Centre for Leadership strategy and development; AID Foundation; Development in Practice, Gender and Entrepreneurial Initiative; Gender Awareness Trust; Hope Givers Initiative; Justice, Development and Peace Commission Awka; Justice, Development and Peace Commission Enugu; Justice, Development and Peace Commission Nnewi; Justice, Development & Peace Commission Onitsha; Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women; Women Aid Collective and Youth Education on Human Rights and Civil Responsibilities.
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