Communnity Mobilization, Mbara Ozioma Foundation, Non Material Resource, Rural Development
Egbulonu, K. G.
Ojiako, Ekele Uzoma
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This study, Community Mobilisation and Rural Development: A Case Study of Mbara Ozioma Foundation, Ehime Mbano, Imo State, sought to expand the knowledge of collective action and community-mobilisation as complementary effort– with government policies and programmes – towards rural development. It looked at rural development from two of three approaches to development; rural development and basic needs approaches, especially, and particularly, as facilitated by NGOs. Data were collected through primary sources using structured questionnaires from 177 respondents following the multi-stage, purposive random sampling techniques. Qualitative data were obtained using the 5-point Likert scale whichwas used to weigh the degree of responses, and the weighted responses were converted to quantitative values by means of the Likert Summated Scale and the data analysed using Ordinary Least Square technique. The findings revealed that human resource mobilisation, land resource mobilisation, and non-material resource mobilisation had positive and significant relationship with rural development individually, but there was a negative or inverse relationship between credit and loan facilities, entrepreneurial mobilisation and rural development. From the joint test result, all the variables: human resource mobilisation, land resource mobilisation, non-material resource mobilisation, credit and loan facilities, and entrepreneurial capacity mobilisation were found to have joint impact on rural development. It was then recommended that state and local governments and NGOs should work in tandem with town unions, community and village heads, to facilitate collective action and community mobilisation and thus expedite rural development