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COMMUNITY FACILITY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES (CFMC) IN LIPW: THE LOGGU STORY

Image AltLoggu is a farming community in the Wa East District of the Upper West Region. It is about 21km from Wa, the Regional Capital and located in the south-western part of the district. On 2nd March, 2013, the Wa East District Assembly and the local community with the support of the Wa Regional Coordinating Office of GSOP started the rehabilitation of a small earth dam in Loggu under the Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW), which ended on 16th June, 2013. Upon sensitization from the Project, the Loggu Community formed a Community Facility Management Committee (CFMC) comprising 8 members, a representative each from the 8 gates in the Loggu Community, with an oversight responsibility from the Chief of Loggu. Four years after completion and handing over of the facility to the beneficiary community, the CFMC has been able to maintain and manage the small earth dam, even to the extent of the facility having a rippling effect on other sectors of the community. Testimonies from members of the CFMC (picture insert) revealed tremendous effort from the committee and the community in general towards maintenance and general development of the community. Continue Reading

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