Community Based Rural Development Project, Ghana (2007)
In 2007, we introduced the Rapid Results Approach into the Community Based Rural Development Project (CBRDP), a multi-year program funded by the World Bank.
We worked with 10 communities in eight Area Councils. The premise was simple: challenge each community receiving a CBRDP grant to commit itself to achieving an unreasonable goal in 100 days – a goal involving a tangible improvement in a critical education or health indicator in the community. To increase the odds of success, we trained CBRPD staff members so they could provide coaching support to community Rapid Results teams while they pursued their 100-day goals.
In Anyinabrim Area Council, the number of pregnant women using ante-natal care increased from 35 per week to 75 per week, while the community built 4 nurse quarters near the health center.
In Bamkrom Area Council, enrollment in the local school increased from 21 to 35 students (66% in 3.5 months), while the community built a 3-classroom block, an office and a store. In the 12 months prior, enrollment had increased from 15 to 21 (28% in 12 months).
In Bako Anhwiam Area Council, absentee pupils decreased from 100 to 10, while the community built a 3-classroom block, an office and a store. In the 12 months prior, the number of absentee pupils had increased from 60 to 100.
In Aperade Area Council, enrollment in the school increased from 75 students to 135, while the community built a 3-classroom block, an office and a store. Enrollment had decreased from 129 to 75 in the 12 months prior to the RRI. And the school was built for less than half the normal cost.
In each of these Rapid Results 100-Day Challenges, there was an infrastructure development element as well as an impact goal that required a mindset shift and behavioral change among community members. This dual focus on infrastructure and impact became a hallmark of our approach to supporting community-driven development projects in other countries.
Rapid Results 100-Day Challenges were used by CBRDP and others to accelerate reconstruction efforts after the floods in late 2007 in the Northern Regions. And the CBRDP team continued to use RRI Challenges until the project was completed in 2011.
Our work was sponsored by the World Bank.
- Community Driven Development: Ghana,RRI case study, Jan 2007
- Rapid Results Initiative Pilot Project Inaugerated at Akyem Aperade, Modern Ghana (Ghana Resource Center), Dec 2006
- Post Disaster Reconstruction Activities: A Case Study in Ghana, by K. Adu-Boateng & B. M. Oppong
- Ghana NORPREP Implementation Support Mission No. 4– (Reflections on design and implementation) – Dec 2006
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