Assessment of United Nations Development Programme and Human Capital Development in Rivers State, Nigeria from (2009 to 2012)
This study assessed the United Nations Development Programme's human capital development activities in Rivers State. It also examined the impact of the UNDP 7th Country Programme on human capital development activities especially on the poor in the State; and identified the challenges faced by UNDP in the implementation of the 7th Country Programme. These were with a view to ascertaining the theory that financial and natural resources are in themselves insufficient to bring about development and thus must be accompanied by substantial investment in human capital development. Among other things, the study revealed that Rivers State has a huge endowment of natural resources but lacks the human capital to effectively harness these for development. UNDP's activities have helped to remedy this deficiency: they assisted the poor, particularly market women who learned how to access credit and develop markets for their businesses; farmers were trained on agricultural value chain, to add value to their farm products; the state was assisted to formulate policies on the environment and beneficiaries were trained on how to plan better for flooding and climate change. UNDP trained civil servants and other beneficiaries on proposal writing and statistical methods, which helped them in planning the budgets of their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The UNDP/Rivers State Partnership has enhanced the capacity of the beneficiary civil servants, civil society managers and the working poor so that they are now able to function more effectively, in line with international best practices. Despite exposed deficiencies, given the overall success of the programme, the study presented several recommendations, including that future programmes be broadened to capture stakeholders in other localities and levels of government.