The Community–Based Poverty Reduction Projects (CPRP), Poverty Reduction and Development in Yobe State Nigeria: A Pilot Study Report

Hassana Ibrahim Waziri, Chukwuemeka Jaja Nwanegbo


This paper examines the impact of the Community-Based Poverty Reduction Project (CPRP) in alleviating poverty in selected benefiting communities in Yobe State. Purposive and simple random sampling was used to select the area of study and respondents. Questionnaires, Focus Group Discussion and Key Informants Interview were also used to collect data. The data was presented by the use of simple percentage and frequency tables, graphs and charts. Data was analysed through the use of ANOVA. The discourse, guided by the Basic Needs Theory found out that even though the concept for which the CPRP was adopted has been achieved, e.g. community participation and provision of 838 micro-projects in the whole of Yobe State, the micro-projects or basic needs infrastructure implemented are not adequate and wide-spread enough to reduce poverty in concrete terms. It however reduced the stress of people in accessing some basic needs e.g. water supply in some communities. The paper recommends that to effectively achieve poverty reduction, there should be sustained commitment of funding and maintenance of projects by respective stakeholders for holistic and widespread approach to poverty reduction in Yobe State. Nonetheless, this paper maintains that the CPRP poverty reduction intervention is a viable tool for the provision of basic needs infrastructure in rural communities to set the path for development of Yobe State.

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