What the heck is asset-based and community-driven development anyway and how is it being implemented in Ethiopia?
Introductions and first impressions are now a thing of the past, whether I like it or not. The meat of my work here for Oxfam Canada begins now as we ramp up to the final evaluation for asset-based and community driven projects here in Ethiopia.
Oxfam Canada, for those who don't know, is not an implementing organization in Ethiopia. Oxfam works through local partners or community based organizations (CBOs) who already know the "lay of the land" so to speak. This type of approach puts the project facilitation role in the hands of those who are familiar with the language, political and social issues, and the local culture.
Solomon Henson is a volunteer intern working with Oxfam Canada in Ethiopia. He is involved with the Asset-based Community Development program (ABCD) that has been implemented in collaboration with the Coady international institute of the St-Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia), and 4 local partners since 2003. His blog is at http://communitydriven.blogspot.com/