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Rural Community Poverty Alleviation Pilot Project (RuCPAPP)

Background of RUCPAPP

The Rural Community Poverty Alleviation Pilot Project (RuCPAPP) is being implemented on a pilot basis in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District. The goal of the project is to improve the socioeconomic situation of three communities within the Breman North Area Council of the district namely: Fosuansa, Kokoso and Amanfopong.  It is being implemented over one year nine months from January 2012 to September 2013 at a total cost of US$2.0 million.  This is made up of a Chinese Grant of US$1.5 Million and a partnership contribution of US$500, 000 from the Government of Ghana.

Specific Objectives of RuCPAPP
The specific objectives are:    
i)  To improve local infrastructure, social services and environment, of project communities;
ii)  To develop community productive capacity, generate employment.
iii)  To reduce the number of the poor households and improve the self-development capability of communities and farmers; and
iv)  To put in place mechanisms for the sustainability of investments and project achievements.

Project Components and Objectives
The project has four components as follows: 

Community Infrastructure and Social Services Development (CISSD) 
The objective of this component is to create local employment while rehabilitating productive infrastructure and enhance community welfare.  Infrastructure may be education and health related, household and communal toilets and community centres. Others are, erosion control measures, access roads, sustainable energy systems (solar and biogas), repair of individual homes, and support for community natural resources management assets and related social services.

Community Development Fund (CDF) 
This component aims at developing and improving income generating activities for poor households and will finance and support productive activities through Community Development Associations (CDAs). The CDF shall be owned by beneficiaries in the three communities and managed in such a way as to ensure sustainability as a revolving fund even after the project completion.

Capacity Building 
The objective of this component is to strengthen capacity at the District, Area Council and Community levels to implement, operate and maintain investments made under the Project. 
Project activities will be implemented with the support of relevant line agencies through the District Assembly. Capacity Building activities will include: 
•    Basic Training in Records Keeping & Business Management
•    Agric Extension Support (Farm and Non Farm activities)
•    Training in implementation of infrastructure sub-projects using labour-based methods
•    Social Accountability and Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation
•    Facility Management Training; and
•    Information, Education and Communication 

Project Financing
The provisional fund allocations of the Chinese Grant of US$ 1.5 million to the various components are: 80% for Infrastructure and social service development, 10% for Community Development Fund and 10% for Capacity Building. US$ 350,000 of the additional funding of US$ 500,000 from GoG is being used to finance Management and Co-ordination and the remaining US$ 150,000 spent on other capacity building activities that cannot be funded by the Chinese Grant.