Osun YESSO begins Data Collection of Poor and Vulnerable Households in the on-going Community Based Targeting Process.
The data collection is the third stage of the Community Based Targeting (CBT) process. It commences after community sensitization, mobilization and engagement have been carried out. After selected poor households have been ranked and harmonized, trained Enumerators will use Proxy Means Testing (PMT) questionnaires to collect welfare information from the identified households or individuals
The public works component of Youth Employment and Social Support Operations has commenced verification and validation of selected beneficiaries for 2nd batch of PWF across the Local Government Areas covered in the First, Second, Third and Fourth phases of the community-based targeting (CBT).
The beneficiaries will be deployed to identified sub-projects across their communities. Subsequently, each beneficiary collects the sum of Seven Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N7,500) at end of the month. The sub-projects include cutting of grass verges on roads and footpaths in the communities, proper waste disposal and filling of potholes.
The objective of the public workfare program is to provide immediate labor-intensive work opportunities for unskilled youth from poor households. Public workfare focusses on poor, unskilled youth (ages 18-35) and women as major beneficiaries who, upon selection, mobilization, and participation in public works at State/LGA/wards/communities, will receive N7, 500 monthly stipends.
Trained Enumerators use Computer Aided Personal Interview (CAPI) system to collect welfare information from the identified households or individuals.
Data or information on identified households as well as their rankings/groupings is then entered into the Single Register (SR).Same data is forwarded to National Social Safety Nets Coordination Office (NASSCO) for consolidation into a National Register.
Beneficiaries are selected from the Single Register (SR) for enlisting into interventions such as public workfare, cash transfers and skills for jobs based on relevant characteristics of members of the identified and ranked poor households.
Since 2014, YESSO has been developing the Single Register of Poor and Vulnerable Household in the Country. YESSO which is a World Bank assisted operation has been using Community Based Targeting (CBT) as a unique strategy for the identifying poor and vulnerable households. The CBT is a process that contracts community groups or intermediary agents to identify, validate and select specific members of the community for targeted interventions, a community led arrangement which amounts to decentralization of the targeting process such that local knowledge of community members is used in identification and selection of potential beneficiaries.
A glimpse on CBT exercise has already shown that targeted social safety net programmes is becoming a dominant tool worldwide to address poverty. This is a clear departure from some practices in the past that rely solely on bureaucratic understanding of poverty. Consequently, targeted social safety net programmes now place an emphasis on the strategies that rely on the community understanding of poverty and ownership of targeting mechanism. The community-based targeting (CBT) mechanism exploits the personal knowledge that community members have of each other, so that the community itself takes responsibility for identifying vulnerable individuals and households.
The CBT approach utilises a combination of three major actions (a) geographic targeting, (b) community sensitization, engagement and selection exercise, and (c) data collection and validation (proxy means testing) exercise.
Under Geographical Targeting, a consensus is reached on use of Poverty Map (or other poverty measurement criteria) which preceded the selection of poor LGA in agreement with the poverty map. The LGAs then select at once 30 poorest villages/communities based on poverty criteria indicated by LGA officials and agreeable to YESSO.
Trained Facilitators are immediately deployed to conduct community sensitization, mobilization, and engagement in each of the selected poor villages/ communities. At the engagement level, community members/groups identify and agree on a number of...
The 5th phase of Community Based Targeting in Osun commences on Wednesday, 27th June 2018 with a presentation “Overview of Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO)” by the State Coordinator, Mr. Femi Ifaturoti. The presentation was made at the step-down training with participants comprising Community Development Officers, Enumerators, representative of National Social Safety Net Coordination Office Abuja, Academia, Staff of State Operation Coordination.
According to Femi Ifaturoti, the Director General of the Bureau of Social Services, who coordinates the State Operations Coordination Unit (SOCU) of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) in the State of Osun, the community Based Targeting mechanism is a viable tool which has completely revolutionized the process of targeting beneficiaries for any Social intervention program in that it addresses the lingering headaches of double dipping, errors of inclusion and exclusion, and deliberate cronyism in the administration of social support programs.
The Federal Operation Coordinating Unit of YESSO held a three-day review workshop recently at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday June 20 and Thursday June 21, with the objective of reviewing the assessment based communication report for all State Operation Coordination Unit (SOCU). Participants included: SOCU coordinators, SOCU Communication Officers, PWF Communication/ Media Officers, Communication/Media Officers at Targeted Grant Transfer and NDE Desk Officers.
The Communication Based Assessment Report dates back to 2015 when the Federal Operation Coordinating Unit (FOCU) engaged the service of a consultant which conducted a study in selected states of Cross River, Bauchi, Ekiti and FOCU office.
The Head of Opearations, FOCU, Hajara Sami who stood in for the National Coordinator, Andrew Adejo together with National Communication Officer, FOCU, Alaefule Uche welcomed all the participants to the workshop, enjoining them to pay absolute attention to every detail that would be dished out at the clinic for improved performance. She maintained that aside Osun that has distinguished itself through social media platforms, newsletter etc, no other state has done enough in the area of publicity of YESSO activities which she maintained is unhealthy. Lead Consultant, Prof. E.S Dandaura informed the participants during his presentation that they arrived at a number of findings some of which were;
• Haphazard deployment of Information Communication Technology (ICT...
At the beginning of the session facilitators were trained on the ideas of community mobilization and engagement, then arranged a group for role play. They were also trained on the principle and practice of Community Based Targeting and were enjoined to internalize as they are the basis for the excercise.
The groups visited communities to get hands-on experience of the process. They later presented their generalized group findings
The Mid-term Review of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) aims. to assess whether the project is on track to meet the Programme Development Objective (PDO). It is intended to assess the project design, results framework, operations modalities and institutional arrangement, risk and reporting system in relation to the present realities of the project milieu. The evaluation will also help identify potential course corrections before the project ends in 2020. The review addresses the following eight questions:
• Is the project generating results to show its impact on its intended target audience?
• Is the institutional structure, at all levels apposite to achieve objectives set out for the project?
• How relevant is the PDO and project design to addressing contemporary social safety nets issues in Nigeria?
• Are there implementation delays that affect timely achievement of the PDO?
• How efficient has project team followed the guidelines in implementation, especially as it relates to establishing a Single Register?
• How effective has the use of the SR been in identifying beneficiaries in comparison to other existing methods?
• How are the intervention components progressing?
• What are the bottlenecks being experienced in the present CBT/SR implementation?
The entire YESSO team discussed reports of two independent bodies, in groups, 5 thematic areas viz: (a)...
By way of an improvement on the mechanisms of public works in Nigeria specifically under the Osun Youth Employment Scheme (OYES) in targeting not only poor for certain benefits but also to use the emerging labour force to build economic infrastructure,The Federal Government of Nigeria in close partnership with 20 States and the World Bank designed Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) a Social Safety Net Operation to ensure proper targeting of the poor and vulnerables, and implementation of the various Safety Net interventions. However, only 10 States – Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Bauchi, Cross River, Borno, Gombe have been able to fulfil the criteria to benefit from the Operation
YESSO with the objective of increasing access of the poor and vulnerable, using improved Safety Net Systems to youth employment opportunities in all participating States has four components namely; Strengthening the Social Safety Net System in Nigeria, Public Work Fare Program, Skills for Job, and Targeted Grant Transfer.
Public Workfare (PWF) mainly as a short term safety net to provide the poor with a source of income through temporary employment in labor-intensive projects that either create new infrastructure or maintain existing infrastructure. The key factors in implementing the Public Workfare (PWF) Component of YESSO are; identifying and reaching the target population of beneficiaries through Community-Based Targeting, setting the right stipend,...
Within the serene confines of Western Sun Hotels at Ede North Local Government, a critical aspect of the CBT exercise was carried out recently , and that is a Stepdown Training of Local Government officials, who are the prime facilitators of the CBT exercise. At the event, the representative of National Coordinator of YESSO, Abuja, Mr Alaefule Uche C. mentioned that Osun is leading in its dispensation of CBT scheme in Nigeria and encouraged all stakeholders especially Local Government Officials to keep the flag flying and ensure that poverty becomes a thing of the past to majority in our society.