The importance of ownership I
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CTA. 2001. The importance of ownership I. Rural Radio Resource Pack 01/3. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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Busani Bafana talks to Inviolatta Moyo of the Western Region Foundation in Zimbabwe, an organisation that puts great emphasis on training its project holders in business skills.
The importance of ownership Cue: Ownership has in recent years become a key feature of most development programmes. Too often in the past projects failed because all the ideas, resources and staff were supplied by an outside agency, and the capabilities of local people were ignored. In supplying credit to poor communities, it is frequently observed that when those people are themselves the source of funds and managers of the scheme, there is greater commitment to making the programme work, and greater sustainability once external support ends. The following two reports come from Zimbabwe and The Gambia, and focus on schemes which have been largely funded by local contributions. First Busani Bafana talks to Inviolatta Moyo of the Western Region Foundation in Zimbabwe, an organisation that puts great emphasis on training its project holders in business skills. IN: ?I think what the foundation? OUT: ?and men will follow after.? DUR?N 2?46? Transcript Moyo I think what the foundation has done to assist the rural communities in successfully implementing their income generating projects, is that the foundation offers training, even prior to giving the grant. The foundation facilitates in the process technically in terms of monitoring and evaluating the success of the projects. The groups that are engaged in income generating activities are also helped in training in skills such as project cycle management, financial management and so forth. Bafana And has this training helped in the way they actually use the credit that they get from the foundation? Moyo I definitely would say this training has helped a lot in facilitating the groups? day-to-day running of the projects very well. Bafana Whereas banks or commercial or otherwise would ask for collateral security before they actually give credit have you had any problems with people defaulting on the grants that you give them? And how have you got around that problem? Moyo Well thank you for that question. Fortunately we have rarely had problems in the sense that we make sure that these project holders own the projects and they?ll have contributed substantially before they come to seek for any assistance from the foundation. As such it assures ownership and you find that there is very little defaulting among the project holders. Nonetheless we have had a problem with one or two. Sometimes we discover they need more training in leadership skills, in the project cycle management and we undertake to find those organisations that are into training, to facilitate that kind of situation together with the community leadership. Bafana And lastly Mrs Moyo, most beneficiaries of your scheme under the foundation have been women. Does this mean less men are keen to take credit risks in areas you are operating in than women? Moyo Well women are the backbone of the economy, particularly the rural economy. I would say men sometimes are reluctant until they realise, you know, profits, or profit within the activities that women are engaged in. Only then do they want to join in. I would say generally women take the lead and men will follow after.End of tape. LINKING ANNOUNCEMENT to 2nd interview: Inviolatta Moyo explaining why Zimbabwe?s Western Region Foundation targets women rather than men. Our second report comes from The Gambia, where Ismaila Senghore spoke to Fatou Sarr, a training officer at the Promotion Centre of the Village Indigenous Savings and Credit Associations, commonly called VISACAs. He discovered that the associations had a strong sense of ownership, not least because all the staff in the credit offices were recruited in the villages.