Emergency wash Project in conflict affected areas of Sool Region

Partnership for Development and Social Organisation
(PAFDESO)
Emergency Wash project in Sool Region
Project Report
Implemented by Pafdeso through the Somaliland Ministry Of Water development
                                    Funded by UNICEF
Date: 20th January 2019
Project Manager: Mr. Mukhtar Yasin Ali
Email address: mukhtar@pafdeso.org
Tel Number: +252633819291
Pafdeso office number: 570401
NGO website: www.pafdeso.org

Email info@pafdeso.org

 

 

1. Introduction

Partnership for Development and Social Organisation (PAFDESO) executed a successful water distribution and sanitation synergies for residents of 10 IDP camps in dire need of water and sanitation kits all severely affected by the recent clan conflict, climate change, and pressure
on already depleted water resources, which are largely responsible to inflation and high
prices of water in the region.
Our planed project was for 10 IDP camps/villages with 2000 Households but when we got to
the camps the Households were greater than planed and there was two IDP camps Adjacent
to each other MARAALEY IDP CAMP & BALI BIRAALE IDP CAMP for all 11 IDP camps have not
had any water trucking for a period of over a month when we got there the last water
trucking finished mid November and was carried out by ICRC, so when we got there the
situation was in a dire straits,
The water distribution synergies included distribution of 2,000 collapsible jerry cans, 2000
water Bucket soap for 2,000 Family and water purification kits for each family of the 2,000
households. A needs assessment on the conflict-affected communities was carried to
ascertain proper information.
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2. Activities as per Terms of Reference
 Identify the villages shortlisted and authenticate the list with UNICEF
 Identify the water pricing in the region and come up with a budget for water tracking
 Short list the items needed for sanitation kits to be supplied to identified villages and IDP camps
 Carry out water trucking for the villages shortlisted and supply sanitation kits

 

3. Challenges and obstacles encountered
One of the challenges encountered while delivering the project component
deliverables was the distance covered between one village and camp to one another
the villages had wide disparities of needs in terms of water specifically and this
included lack of water storage units in 6 out of 11 IDP camps visited. In some IDP
Camps they had dug out square holes where water was being transferred with a
plastic cover under to prevent water from slippage into the ground.

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Pafdeso Emergency Wash project in Sool Region

Partnership for Development and Social Organisation (PAFDESO)  with the help of Somaliland Ministry of Water development and Funded by UNICEF executed a successful water distribution and sanitation synergies for residents of 10 IDP camps in dire need of water and sanitation kits all severely affected by the recent clan conflict, climate change, and pressure on already depleted water resources, which are largely responsible to inflation and high prices of water in the region. The water distribution synergies included distribution of 2,000 collapsible jerry cans, 2,000 Family Relief Kits (FRKs) and water purification kits for each family of the 2,000 households. A needs assessment on the conflict-affected communities was carried to ascertain proper information was documented and shared by funding agencies.

 

 

 

 

Community Engagement & Mobilization

Community Engagement & Mobilization

Partnership for development and social organization is using community development model, PACE, to engage target communities in the Horn of Africa and to begin developing community-level capacity to (1) plan for the long-term, (2) identify community priorities, (3) design projects, (4) mobilize resource investments and (5) implement community development projects. Often questions arise such as, “How do you start,” “How do you begin to engage communities,” or “How do you get them to participate and begin to organize.” Our experience offers five practical steps for successful community engagement and mobilization.

Five steps for Implementing community engagement and mobilization.

  • Start off with a transparent community selection process and share results
  • Map community priorities and identify community leaders through community assessments
  • . Hold preliminary meetings with community leaders and enlist their support to mobilize community participation
  • Hold community assembly meetings to elect local representation to coordinate program activities
  • Allow communities to prioritize and select quick impact projects to solidify support and galvanize local participation

1. Start off with a transparent community selection process and share results There are many options on how to go about selecting your target communities. Donor requirements may indicate specific selection criteria or prioritized geographic or socio-demographic sectors. The quality and availability of quantitative data such as average family income or school dropout rates will also drive selection criteria. As important as defining your community selection process may be, it is equally important that you are transparent and publicly share selection criteria and the results of the community selection process. Post the results of your community selection process online and share them with program stakeholders, including the communities that were not selected. If public data does not exist or is unreliable, and if you have time or budget constraints for carrying out your own quantitative assessments, you can obtain data through focus groups or key informant interviews. We utilized key informant interviews with a diverse range of public-private actors to access which communities were perceived as the most vulnerable. Based on the interview results and processed data set, we selected the three communities with highest levels of vulnerability. You can see the results of the Sowing Futures community selection process here. Five Steps to Successful Community

2. Map community priorities and identify community leaders through community assessments Once we identified our target communities, we designed a simple questionnaire with the goal of identifying potential community leaders as well as what community members saw as their most pressing priorities. The questionnaire was applied through a house-to house survey approach and carried out by our program staff. This is a great opportunity to inform community members about your upcoming program, its objectives and next steps. We found that when interviewed individually and anonymously, community members were more forthcoming about their needs and priorities, as well as their perceptions of who the “go-to” people were within the community. Properly framing questions is important. For example, we did not explicitly ask “Who are the community leaders,” but rather, “Who does the community member turn to when they need help or when there is a community issue that must be resolved.”

3. Hold preliminary meetings with community leaders and enlist their support to mobilize community participation Often vulnerable communities are skeptical of outsiders and have been on the receiving end of broken promises to improve community infrastructure or provide much needed basic services. Trying to engage communities directly through public calls for meetings without establishing community channels and trusted intermediaries may limit or delay your success in mobilizing communities to participate early in the program. Once Sowing Futures systematized the results of leaders identified by community members during the community assessment surveys, we convened leaders to introduce them to the program and request feedback and advice on how best to engage the broader community. We asked leaders to help us reach out to the community and to help organize the first community assembly meetings. Leaders proved instrumental in identifying the most effective methods for reaching out to communities. For example in one area where community participation has been particularly difficult, community members suggested we engage the schools and get the schoolchildren involved. We decided to set up a children’s fair with trampolines, cotton candy and children’s activities. We handed out invitations at school and asked the schoolchildren to encourage their parents to participate. Leaders also went door-to-door to hand out invitations and speak on behalf of the program and the importance of community participation at the assembly meetings. Sowing Futures staff and community leaders also spoke at neighborhood church services and community group events, such as senior citizen gatherings. In rural communities we used radio programs to talk about the program and mobile megaphone announcements to get the word out.
Meeting with community leaders to plan first community assembly meeting Household questionnaire to identify community leaders and Priorities

4. Hold community assembly meetings to elect local representation to coordinate program activities Global Communities’ PACE methodology works through a community coordination mechanism called Community Development Councils (CDCs). Our programs provide much of the knowledge and skills training to CDC members. Community capacity building activities such as long-term community development planning and project formulation and execution are led through and carried out by the CDCs. The goal is to build a critical mass of community capacity to enable communities to take ownership and put them in the driver’s seat. While CDCs are set up as a program coordination mechanism, past experience has shown that the most successful CDCs organically transform into formal community- based organizations with legal representation and ability to receive funding from outside sources. CDCs derive their legitimacy through community assembly meetings where community members nominate candidates and votes are held out in the open. The program and community members agree upon basic principles of transparency and inclusive representation that ensures that vulnerable groups participate within the CDCs and have an active voice. Sowing Futures’ communities’ agreed to have ballots cast where community members were required to vote for at least one man and one woman in each ballot. Communities also agreed to designate CDC seats for youth and senior citizen representation.

5. Allow communities to prioritize and select quick impact projects to solidify support and galvanize local participation It is important in your first community assembly meeting to select a community project that can be completed in a short period of time. These projects will build off of the initial enthusiasm at the prospect of the program’s start-up. Quick impact projects (QIPs) allow from the outset for several things to happen simultaneously: (1) QIPs build CDC members’ confidence as community leaders and facilitators, (2) QIPs quiet spoilers and help to convert those community members who had initially been on the fence about becoming involved (3) QIPs allow for the program to evaluate CDC capacities and begin to identify training needs. We used the results from the initial community assessment to rank and present community priorities during the community assembly meetings. We then allowed community members to add additional priorities and to discuss and reprioritize amongst themselves. Certain parameters, including costs, timeframes, community contribution, and outside resource mobilization need to be established to help guide the conversation. Communities then voted and selected a first community project or activity that would help contribute to achieving the prioritized community objective. From there it’s off to the races! Global Communities, along with the John Deere Foundation and the John Deere Brazil Foundation, has identified opportunities for expanding community development activities that catalyze meaningful change for communities in need located near John Deere’s Brazil operations. The mission of this three-year program is to build the capacity of communities and local institutions to prioritize needs and mobilize resources that improve socio-economic conditions, particularly for at-risk youth.

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