Journal of Business and Management

Journal of Business and Management

ISSN: 2291-1995 (Print)    ISSN: 2291-2002 (Online)

Volume 3 (2014), No. 1, Pages 25-41

DOI: 10.12735/jbm.v3i1p25

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Human Capacity Building in Selected Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State, Nigeria - The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations and Development Agencies (2000 - 2008)

Larry E. Udu1 

1Department of Public Administration, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria

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The role of Non-governmental organizations and Development Agencies in Human Capacity-Building in selected Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State; and the effectiveness of Capacity-building programmes in facilitating community development were examined. The study reviewed the contributions of Scholars in this area and related fields; with particular attention to the activities of indigenous NGOs and the Ebonyi State, Community-Based Poverty Reduction Agency. To effectively evaluate the activities of these bodies, the focus of the Research was on issues relating to human capacity-building through workshops and training as well as issues on capacity-building through micro-projects at the community and council levels. Three hypotheses were formulated and tested using chi-square method. The study adopted the System Approach to training and that of Development participation. Data were collected via: structured questionnaires, interviews, records and documents. The central point of the findings is that the Agencies’ capacity building efforts cannot promote skill acquisition, and most of their outcomes are not sustainable at the grassroot. The study recommended, among others, that the skills acquisition centres should be equipped and that capacity building programmes should involve the people at the critical stages of the process, in addition to sequencing programmes in accordance with assessed needs of the time. That sustainability could be ensured through participative processes to strengthen the involvement of local communities; with special attention to maintenance arrangements. These, would assist the government, NGOs and Development Agencies appreciate new strategies in the efforts on capacity development at the grassroots.

JEL Classifications: O15, I30

Keywords: human capacity, rural / community development, NGOs, participation, training, sustainability

To Cite this Article: Udu, L. E. (2014). Human capacity building in selected local government areas of Ebonyi state, Nigeria - the role of non-governmental organizations and development agencies (2000 - 2008). Journal of Business and Management, 3(1), 25-41.

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Human Capacity Building in Selected Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State, Nigeria - The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations and Development Agencies (2000 - 2008)