REPORT OF THE NGR-SIRDA JOINT FIELD WORK HELD ON 27-28 SEPTEMBER, 2018 AT AGELE AND MOGBA VILLAGES, IBARAPA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, OYO STATE

As part of the requirements for the award of the Master Degree in Sustainable Integrated Rural Development programme, the UI-NGR organised a two-day joint field work with students of Sustainable Integrated Rural Development in Africa (SIRDA) on September 27-28, 2018. The field work was one of the NGR/SIRDA activities supported by the African Development Bank/Japan Trust Fund (AfDB/JTF) in order to promote learning and knowledge exchange between Africa and Asia.
The field trip led by Dr. Olushola Fadairo who coordinates the SIRDA and NGR programmes was held at Mogba and Agele Villages in Ibarapa East Local Government Area of Oyo State. A total of sixteen participants comprising of three NGR members, twelve SIRDA students and one government worker at the local level participated in the exercise. During the field trip, NGR members and SIRDA students conducted eight focus group discussions with rural residents in the study locations on on the research theme “Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)”. In-depth interviews were also held with village heads in each of the communities visited after conducting the community entry. During the process of engagement with the community members, SIRDA students demonstrated the use of participatory tools in community development planning by: prioritising the needs of the people using pair needs ranking, identifying their problems and possible solutions using problem tree analysis; and identifying the various local institutions and their interactions using Venn diagram.
Outputs from the field trip include individual and joint report on WASH situation in the study locations and a draft paper on the linkages between WASH and food security in villages studied. The field trip experience was an eye opener to all the students of the SIRDA programme as it brought about an increase in knowledge and enhanced learning about rurality and rural development needs. It also encouraged knowledge-sharing among NGR and SIRDA students.