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Initiatives for sustainable community development in Sierra Leone

Lookup NU author(s): Dr John Kamara


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This paper discusses two initiatives for sustainable community development by a local church organisation in Makeni, Sierra Leone. These are: the Wesleyan Development Education and Awareness Building (WDEAB) Programme, and The Women's Loan Scheme (WLS) Project. The awareness building programme was developed to facilitate the initiation of community projectsthrough training and awareness building, whereas the WLS project encouraged the development of small-scale enterprises through the provision of soft loans. Against the socio-economic and political history of Sierra Leone, these initiatives demonstrate, to a certain extent, the potential of similar programmes to stimulate sustainable community development in that context. However, they also highlight the complexities of the development process, which is influenced by many factors, some of which are beyond the control of local communities. The paper concludes with some suggestions on how the development process can be enhanced.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kamara JM, Kargbo SB

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Community Development Journal

Year: 1999

Volume: 34

Issue: 2

Pages: 108-121

ISSN (print): 0010-3802

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2656

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/cdj/34.2.108


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