An Assessment of Community Assets, and gaps in its utilizations, Assela city Administration
This an assessment of the community is made /conducted on one of the kebeles in Asela city administration. The general objectives of this study is assessing the community assets and existing prospects in its utilization. The assessment result is believed to strengthens the community participation in decision making concerning the community development and promotes better use of resources by the community. Purposive sampling technique and a qualitative research design with a phenomenological study approach were used. The primary and secondary data were collected through interview, observation, FGD and document analysis. The study revealed that study area is endowed with various social, physical and other assets that helps in ensuring the well beings of a community. The primary resources, tertiary resources, and cultural assets of the community were identified. The study indicated that all policies, measures and decisions to be taken in relation to the development plan of a given society should primarily participate the communities and is most effective if it consider the social, cultural, economic and health conditions of a community members. The study recommends that bridging the gap and ultimately changing the life of the community to bring the well-being of the community needs the attentions of all concerned communities and government bodies.
Birhanu Gudissa Nurgi