RCE Greater Yenagoa[type]

Women empowerment initiative implementation status in Gbarian/Ekpetiama cluster development area, Bayelsa state, Nigeria
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Women empowerment initiative implementation status in Gbarian/Ekpetiama cluster development area, Bayelsa state, Nigeria
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Greater Yenagoa
Contributing organization(s) : 
Gbarain/Ekpetiama Cluster Development Board –G/E CDB (Community based organization) and Community Inter-Relations and Conciliation Initiative – CIRCI (Non-Government Organization)
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Chief Kwen Keme-Iderikumo
Organizational Affiliation: 
Chairman, G/E CDB
Sir Anthony W. Lawrence
Organizational Affiliation: 
Chairman CIRCI and RCE Greater Yenagoa Coordinator RCE Greater Yenagoa
Format of project: 
Manuscript and Power Point
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Friday, June 1, 2018
Nigeria - National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy and joint IDA-IMF staff advisory note (English) http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/234301468290438608/pdf/33305.pdf
At what level is the policy operating?: 
National Gender Policy Strategic Framework (Implementation Plan) Federal Republic of Nigeria 2008-2013 http://extwprlegs1.fao.org/docs/pdf/nig151427.pdf
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
Africa and Middle East
Bayelsa State
Address of focal point institution for project: 
G/E Cluster Development Board, 32 Custom Street.Biogbolo, Yenagoa. Bayelsa state. Nigeria
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
RCE Greater Yenagoa covers four local government areas in Bayelsa state of Nigeria. Yenagoa and its environs are, mainly, lowlands and wetlands that, are seasonally flooded with many rivers and rivulets crisscrossing the whole area. The coastal areas have mangrove vegetation, which provides several ecosystems’ services for sustenance of livelihood of the people fishing and farming such crops as cassava, plantain, banana and other short season crops as maize and vegetables.

There is general poverty in the area and women are the most vulnerable group because of the inherent cultural discriminations against women.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
Overpopulation and the attendant resource scarcity and competition including:
1. Lack of employment for able bodied people which adversely affects youths and women most.
2. Poverty and lack of access to finance to boost livelihood and other businesses.
3. Excessive competition for school admissions and the attendant high cost of education
January, 2013
A number of times, community developmental interventions exclude women from directly benefiting as stakeholders. This is due to several cultural and religious factors that discriminate against women and thus impede their active involvement even for development interventions that are expected to directly benefit them.

Recent developmental approaches have recognized these issues and are making deliberate efforts for greater participation of women and are putting in place policies that ensure that women are consulted and are active participants in community development.
SPDC and the cluster Board hopes to achieve the following objectives using this women empowerment project:
1. 15% of funds contributed for community development in the community, and in this case by SPDC, is used for women empowerment interventions.
2. Empowering women drive the process of identifying the needs, collectively agreeing how best to mitigate some of their problem.
3. Generating funds in sustainable manner to address some of their pressing financial needs.
4. Encouraging women to come together and collectively work to achieve commonly set goals and objectives and in this case construction of building projects in the communities.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
1. Needs assessment
2. Engagement of funding agency (CDB/SPDC)
3. Agree modalities of project implementation
4. Monitor implementation through milestone disbursement of funds for implementation
Size of academic audience: 
Whole women in the communities through the leadership
Construction phase of projects completed in some of the communities.
Business management capacities will soon commence
Lessons learned: 
Team building
Project supervision
Key messages: 
Women empowerment
Income generation for vulnerable group
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
Involving women in community development
100% OF funding was provided by SPDC
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Traditional Knowledge  
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
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