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University for Development Studies, Ghana – Community profiling and needs accessment

By on August 30, 2016
University
University for Development Studies, Ghana

Contact name and title
Zulaihatu Hamidu, Undergraduate Student

email
zeliahamidu@yahoo.com

Title of activity
Community profiling and needs accessment

Description of activity
In my university, as part of the university program, student are gathered in groups of ten and dispatched to stay in rural communities for two months in 1st and 2nd year of undergraduate program to study the potentials, and weakness of the community as well as assess the needs of the people. In my community we profiled the community and further conducted needs assessment to identify the most pressing needs of the people. Once the main occupation was farming and they had only one raining season though out the year, the needs assessment indicated that the most pressing need was an irrational dam to enable farming during the dry season.
Sustainable Development Goal 11 targets relating to activity
11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning

Main themes of this activity
Economy

Changes that took place as a result of this activity
During our stay in the community we often got to the primary and junior high school to teach the classrooms that had no teaches. I served as a role model to the young growing girls and i also gave them my words of advice and encouragement since most of them drop out school as a result of teenage pregnancy or move to other big urban city for head pottery.
The change that took place was that the most most pressing needs of the community was identified and it was now left with getting funds for the implementation of the project.
How the impact of the activity was measured
The impact of the activity can be measure by comparing the living standard of the people and the total farm produce before and after the construction of the irrational dam to see if there was a significant elevation in their economic status of the farmers. Also most of the members of the community will no longer move out of the city during dry season to urban cities in search for jobs. We left a detailed report in the District assemble where the community was found so that the district can easily implement the project when it has funds
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Additional notes
The name of the community is Boo, found in the Lawra district of the Upper West region of Ghana.
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