The Hunger Project-Ghana recently hosted a series of workshops in three epicenters that have just declared self-reliance in order to share with the local community and local government officials some of the most relevant data about the communities’ path to self-reliance. The three epicenters – Nkawanda, Odumase-Wawase and Dome-Achiansa – all achieved self-reliance in the second half of 2016 (find out more about how we measure self-reliance).
THP-Ghana’s Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning team led the data workshops w. Through a series of presentations and discussions, the team presented evaluation findings with the communities and asked them to share their views on why they thought some indicators of community achievement fared better than others in the epicenters’ path to self-reliance.
The workshops took place over a period of three days, gathering over 90 participants from among community chiefs and leaders, epicenter leadership, animators and representatives from the local government. The presentations showed that the three epicenters saw a clear improvement across many indicators, including overall participation in the epicenters, comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS and the elimination of severe hunger.
The workshops also looked ahead, discussing how to support the epicenter communities in their efforts to sustainably maintain their activities even after the self-reliance celebrations.
These self-reliance data workshops are part of THP’s “data by the people for the people” Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation approach, which allows community members to identify their needs, set their own development priorities and participate in tracking their progress over time.
Header image: Data workshops at Odumase-Wawase Epicenter