Author:Kuschminder, J.
Publisher:Independent Social Performance Pte. Ltd.
Year:2014
Publication type:Project Report
Regions:West Africa .

The overall objective of GIZ’s ‘Community Capacity Assessment for Engaging The Extractive Industry in Sierra Leone’ (part of the GIZ Regional Resource Governance West Africa Project) has been to enable target communities chosen for the implementation phase of the CDA to develop the capacities to adequately engage with mining companies and meaningfully participate in the soon to be implemented CDA process.

The specific objectives of Phase 1 of this project include:

  • To empower local civil society groups to conduct a technical capacity assessment of target communities
  • To determine their technical capacity to negotiate, implement and monitor the CDA

The framework-supported capacity assessments will provide the baseline for the design of a capacity development strategy, and for the development of a monitoring & evaluation framework for the implementation phase to mitigate potential risks mainly related to low capacities in the communities. The capacity assessments took into account the specifically designed GIZ methodology for capacity assessment.

Independent SP worked with GIZ Sierra Leone to develop the framework for a community capacity assessment for Community Development Agreement (CDA) implementation and an associated toolkit. Independent SP completed an literature review and assessed the appropriateness of various established approaches including community assessment, capacity assessment, community readiness, local adaptive capacity, and community resilience to the goals and objectives of the project. Independent SP then developed the Community Development Agreement-Local Adaptive Community Capacity (CDA-LACC)  based upon 8 key benchmarks determined to be specifically relevant to a community’s ability to both effectively and meaningfully engage in the CDA process. An associated toolkit including a guidance questionnaire and proposed field methodology has also been developed and included in the report.

This report was finalized in June 2014.

This report is not currently available for public download.

Please contact j.kuschminder@independentsp.com if you would like to further discuss the work done for this project.