The Ngella Constituency Office (NCO) remains committed to boosting rural economic activities in its constituency, supporting constituents to engage in small businesses and income-generating activities aimed at reducing poverty and improving their livelihoods. subsistence.
And beneficiaries of CDF projects in Ngella constituency have applauded the benefits of CDF and how it contributes positively to improving their livelihoods.
These economic activities were part of the CDF program and were provided to the beneficiaries by the Constituency Office in accordance with the development priorities of the MRD and the annual development plan of the NCO.
Senior Rural Development Officer Gabriel Manetiva, who led a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team in the constituency in November 2021, said: “Besides the housing program, the constituency has also supported other sectors , and small businesses and income-generating activities are one of the areas of support.
Mr. Manetiva said beneficiaries have testified to how the CDF program has positively changed their lives.
Support to this sector (income generating activities) is one of NCO’s efforts and determination to boost economic activities in rural areas to ensure people improve their livelihoods.
“We managed to attend some of these projects and the voters were happy to be part of the CDF programs. Others testified that the CDF programs changed their way of life compared to what they experienced in previous years,” Mr. Manetiva said.
Peter Manekaoni and his family who own a Homestay business in Tulagi thanked NCO for their continued support of small businesses and inbound generating activities in the constituency.
“NCO has supported my business with housing materials and this has allowed us to grow and make improvements to our homestay apartment,” Manekaoni enthusiastically told the M&E team in an interview.
The constituency also funded constituents with transportation and fishing projects. Projects included Yamaha/Suzuki 40HP and fiberglass boats and nine (9) families from various communities were the proud recipients in 2020.
The projects have touched many lives, said Regan Nofo, one of the previous recipients.
“My family was grateful to have received help from the project of a 40HP Yamaha engine and fiberglass boat from NCO, which enabled us to run a transport service between Ngella and Honiara. helped a lot with school fees, family needs, building materials, and other community obligations.”
Another beneficiary, Robert Kabe from Logapolo Community also thanked the constituency office for supporting his family with a 40HP Suzuki engine and fiberglass boat. Currently, Mr. Kabe also runs a commercial transport service and helps communities around his community by transporting them to Honiara for market and the sick to seek medical services in town.
“My small business has allowed me to meet family expenses such as school fees, household needs and solving transportation difficulties.”
Prof. John Talisi from Borohinaba village which was supported by a canteen project and funds to buy copra also acknowledged the support of NCO. Now we have extended our activity to the purchase of cocoa beans. »
“The support we received through the small business project has helped my family meet our family needs and improved our livelihoods. Thank you, sergeant.
Bartholomew Parapolo is the current MP for Ngella constituency.
The objectives of the monitoring and evaluation activity were:
- Check the implementation status of projects funded by the CDF program in the constituency in 2020.
- Establish community participation in CDF-funded projects in the constituency.
- Investigate the level of awareness of CDF among community members.
- Determine community members’ level of satisfaction with CDF-funded projects.
Constituency monitoring of CDF projects is part of MRD’s ongoing activity on CDF-funded programs implemented in the 50 constituencies. The government, through the MRD, supported the M&E activity.
M&E primarily focused on Solomon Islands Government (SIG) funded projects, including People’s Republic of China (PRC) CDF funded projects for 2020.
Relevant data/information collected will assist the Ministry in its planning to assess the status of projects and the impact of financial support (CDF) on the lives of voters. Not only is the data collected important, but the collection of evidence from the ground by M&E officers to confirm that constituencies have used the funds for the intended purpose is paramount.
MRD is fully committed to ensuring that all rural Solomons participate meaningfully in development activities to improve their social and economic livelihoods.