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Title:The involvement of non-governmental organizations in poverty alleviation in Akure, Nigeria
Authors:Okoko, E.E.
Olanrewaju, D.O.ISNI
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:In recent years, poverty alleviation has attracted the attention of various government organizations as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) all over the world. Using all known poverty indicators, Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, has been identified by the World Bank as one of the poorest regions in the world. In Nigeria, a number of strategies initiated by past governments have failed to alleviate poverty. This study examines the bottom-up development approach adopted by the Country Women Association of Nigeria (COWAN), an NGO, for ameliorating the plight of the urban poor in Akure, the capital of Ondo State. The study revealed tat COWAN has developed and perfected strategies which give the poor access to credit facilities for micro-enterprise development and other related poverty reduction programmes. The study further revealed that the institution of credit facilities of saving schemes has boosted the economic base of the urban poor covered in the study. The study concluded with recommendations on how to make NGOs more result-oriented in the economic emancipation and empowerment of the urban poor in Akure. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]