National Solidarity Program
The objectives of the NSP project were (i) to lay the foundations for a strengthening of community level governance, and (ii) to support community-managed sub-projects comprising reconstruction and development that improve access of rural communities to social and productive infrastructure and services
The National Solidarity program achieved its objectives by implementing the following components:
Part A: Block Grants for communities to carry out sub-projects involving reconstruction and development activities through a facilitated participatory planning process. These activities focused on, among other things, community infrastructure, development of human capital, savings and credit schemes for women and disabled, and asset transfers for women and disabled.
Part B: Community Facilitation and Sub-Project Preparation to support local communities through: (i) facilitation exercises to establish inclusive community institutions, and identify local development needs and priorities; (ii) assistance for preparing sub-project proposals; (iii) assistance in carrying out sub-projects for which block grants have been made available, and capacity building for members of local communities.
Part C: Capacity Building and Implementation Support comprising provision of consultants’ services for capacity building in, implementation support to, and incremental operating costs for the MRRD. These services strengthened local communities’ capacity in financial management, procurement, and technical skills. The project would augmented MRRD’s human and physical capacity to supervise and implement the project.
Part D: External Monitoring and Evaluation comprising external monitoring, evaluation and studies to verify implementation status, assess achievement of project objectives/outcomes, and undertake research on specific issues related to program policy or implementation
- 16,502 Community Development Councils (CDCs) elected;
- 16,263 villages with community development plans;
- 50% of women participate in CDC elections;
- 100% of communities contributing 10% of sub-project costs;
- 10,401 villages with completed sub-projects (with certificate of completion);
- 2,216,917 families benefited (ie. in villages that have received at least part of their block grants).