Role of Voluntary Organizations in Community Development in Nigeria

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Role of Voluntary Organizations in Community development in Nigeria
Submitted by Ekweruo Chigozie Kenneth.
Bsc. Pub.Administration & L.G Studies
University Of Nigeria Nsukka

Community development entails the provision of infrastructural facilities to the people. The provision of these social amenities can be attained through a number of ways and/or organizations which includes, the government, community development associations, Voluntary Organizations. A Voluntary Organization or Volunteers Organization is any organization that uses the human resources of volunteers for achieving its main purpose.
Community participation can be facilitated by the use of voluntary organizations. The importance of voluntary organizations with
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Despite these accomplishments, many CBOs have rose and fell like old empires while some have had no significant impact since their establishment due to poor funding. This is more so because CBOs in African communities are micro-systems within the macro environment that is afflicted by economic regression, poverty and low standard of living. There is therefore the need to appraise the socio-economic status of existing voluntary organizations in the communities of developing nations like Nigeria and identify the degree of impact they have exerted on their physical environments.
Objective of the study.
The study assesses the role of Voluntary Organizations in Community development in Nigeria. Furthermore, this Seminar paper tries to look into the challenges faced by Voluntary organizations in Community development and ways government can come in to assist these community based organizations for effective performance in community development projects.
The concept of community based organizations (cbos)
Community based organizations otherwise known as local organizations have been given different names in different places. These include ‘community development associations’, ‘neighbourhood councils’ and united community among others (Biddle and Biddle, 1968; Agbola,1998).
Community based organizations are set up by collective efforts of indigenous people of homo or heterogeneous attributes but living or working within the same environment.
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