Empowering Community Development Promoters (CDPs)

Written By

Moureen Awori (IITA) 

Issue 1 | 2021

The project; Building Resilience to Enhance Food and Nutrition Security, Income and Health in Northern Uganda (BRENU) implemented by a consortium of partners; IITA, VEDCO, Kilimo trust, Rikolto, ECUREI and Bioversity, makes use of the Community Facilitation Group Model to implement activities. It involves formation of Twenty-five (25) neighboring households clustered in a Community Livelihood Group (CLG), with a representative called Community Development Facilitator (CDF). Each 10 CDFs are led by a Community Development Promoter (CDP). The CLGs were facilitated to select an appropriate leader/CDF and later each 10 CDFs together selected CDPs who are key agents for the three-result area’s work (Productivity, Markets and Nutrition and public health).

In year 1, review meetings for CDPs were conducted with the objectives; (i) To review the CDP’s experience and engagement in the project, (ii) To deepen CDPs knowledge on the IITA-DINU project regarding the 3 result areas; production, marketing, health & nutrition but also help them understand their different roles, (iii) Identify expected challenges and opportunities to project activity implementation by CDPs and (iv) To generate key workable action points.

This meeting was also to give an opportunity to the CDPs to cross learn and share experience amongst themselves. CDPs from across the 7 districts/ implementation sites; Apac, Dokolo, Otuke, Kwania, Amuria, Kapelebyong and Amolatar participated in the activity. Participatory approaches were used by the different project consortium partners who exhaustively explained to the CPDs their planned activities and the corresponding project expectation. CDPs were equipped with knowledge about the project and all the misconceptions were cleared. After learning about the project, the CDPs were enthusiastic and prepared to start activity implementation, each of them was guided to develop a workplan

Community Development Promoters (CDP) are working closely with the BRENU project staff to implement activities in the 7 districts. To ease their movement during project implementation, a total of 205 bicycles were procured by one of the partners; ECUREI and were distributed by the team to the CDPs. Distribution of these bicycles was officiated by district local authorities in all the seven districts. The exercise that was flagged off in Dokolo district was attended by the Regional Programmme Coordinator Gulu, Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Local Council V Chairpersons (LCV). Chief Administrative Officers (CAO), District Production Officer (DPO), DINU focal persons and Marketing Officers among others.

Social media links to BRENU project bicycle distribution to CDPs; 39158054168899585 sts/2915485718685174

Dokolo district leaders while officiating the give away of bicycles to CDPs