Yes! Yes! phenomenon I call it, this has been slowly creeping into the communities. They have perfected the act of telling the donors what they want to hear. Go to any community for monitoring and evaluation and you will think FGM ended yesterday. Community members will tell you all the nice theories of change that you can ever imagine but sadly the moment you turn around the same community members turn against their daughters.
But why? In my view the biggest contributor of this mentality is;
- The communities don’t really own the idea/project
- They assume it’s goodies time and they fear these goodies may disappear
- Have no clear indication of what the intervention is meant for
- The perceived or intended outcome is not clear
In most cases the interventions are pre-determined by donor agencies and they have their standards and ways of doing things imposed on the communities. This leads to rigidity in interventions. Sometimes there is minimal or no community consultations in coming up with the projects. This makes the beneficiaries to feel obliged to please the conveners of these projects by any means possible, after all to them these are goodies and they should be enjoyed.
To curb this, all we need is to have adequate community involvement and ensure every beneficiary understands the interventions and desired outcomes thereto. The community members should know the interventions are meant to benefit them and not the donors. This will ensure ownership and vigilant by all interested parties in ensuring desired outcomes. Using of grassroots’ community led organizations in implementation of the projects/interventions has also proven to be an effective way of avoiding the above mentioned challenges and fostering ownership by communities………..
“Inspired by a speaker at the filming the bridge Training”