Sustainable Livelihood Assessment (SLA) Activities in Oporoma and Bomu Clusters in Bayelsa State

Sustainable Livelihood Assessment (SLA) Activities in Oporoma and Bomu Clusters in Bayelsa State

In July and August 2017- Accord Social Investment Team carried out two Sustainable Livelihood Assessment (SLA) activity in its GMoU clusters in Oporoma and Bomu all in Bayelsa state.

The SLA in Oporoma was carried out from 16-17th July 2017, while that of Bomu was carried out from 15-16th August 2017. The Oporoma cluster consisted of 12 communities while Bomu cluster consisted of 7 communities. The objective of the SLA, which follows a Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) format was to develop a Five Years Development Plan for beneficiary communities. The SLA activities in the two clusters involved a joint town hall meeting with all the community stakeholders’ men, women, youths and the physically challenged. The processes involved dividing the stakeholders in the community into three groups, the men group, women groups, and youth group, with the aim of allowing them the safe space to identify their immediate need. This kind of community driven approach provides opportunities for everyone to participate or contribute in community development s initiatives. The activity indeed facilitated the message of “nobody should be left alone” approach commonly identified with most PRA approaches. The SLA activity equally enabled the team to identify important livelihood assets of the various cluster communities, vulnerability context, key thematic areas, opportunities and constraints leading to development of sector analysis, the community profiling aspect of the SLA enabled the team to identify project gaps and important community need that need attention.

Accord’ Gender unit utilized this channel to sensitize the community (especially women) on the importance of Family planning. Our Gender Programme Manager Miss Jennifer Amadi spoke on the relevance of family planning and the various family planning methods women can adopt in spacing birth in their families.

Accord staff - Mr. Simon performing the SLA task with men’s focus group in Onyeoma community in Oporoma cluster
A focus group discussion with youth in Oporoma community – Oporoma cluster
Town Hall session in Egiebiri community in Oporoma cluster
Accord staff Jennifer –with the women group in Oporoma community in Oporoma cluster
Accord staff –Jennifer engaging with the youth group in Ekianbiri community Bomu cluster
Accord staff – Mr Simon writing the community needs selected by the men’s group in Opoloma community – Opoloma cluster
Accord staff –Mr Simon and Mr Achomhi assessing some of the community’s infrastructures in Bomu cluster
Accord’s staff Jennifer conducting the SLA activity with women group in Ekianbiri community in Bomu cluster
Accord staff –Jennifer engaging with women group in Ekianbiri Community in Bomu cluster

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