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Strengthening social capital : the GoBifo approach in rural Sierra Leone

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Abstract: This book tells the story of the GoBifo project, an integrated rural development project working in two Districts in Sierra Leone: Bombali and Bonthe. Set up to support the decentralisation process, it works by strengthening social capital to enhance the capacity of local governments and deprived communities to design and implement strategic plans at village and ward levels, and to enhance accountability of decision-makers through mechanisms that foster open and transparent governance. To strengthen social capital the GoBifo project pays attention to proxies like trust, collective action, gender and social inclusion, local groups and networks, and information and communication. The project gives communities the chance to open a community development account, manage their own development funds, and make independent contributions towards current and future village and ward development. It helps villages and local councils to use participatory tools and approaches to increase their community-level social capital and enhance community-driven monitoring and evaluation.
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Authors: Sesay, S. , Amara, V. , Lebbi, J.A. , Bangura, M. , Sesay, M.M. , Sivalie, J. , Kaloko, J.A. , Moriba, A. , Kanu, S. , Dimoh, T. , Tarawalie, A.K. , Johnson, J.
Country: Sierra Leone
Category: Practice
Editor: Baltissen, G. , Manyeh, M.
ISBN: 978-94-6022-134-7
Keywords: communication , communities , governance , rural development , sustainable development
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
PAGE: 70
Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: KIT publishers
Year: 2011
Region: West Africa
Right: © 2011 KIT publishers
Subject: Agriculture and Rural Development
Title: Strengthening social capital : the GoBifo approach in rural Sierra Leone