‘SABI can’t build a school or a health centre, but they can give us ideas to solve problems’

In the village of Maboi Kandoh, Western Rural District, SABI has conducted meetings and training workshops, leading to greater community mobilisation and a stronger connection between citizens and the state.

How SABI Facilitated the Change Process

SABI has helped the community to prioritise the issues they are facing, and to identify the people and structures who have the power to resolve those problems. They have used data and evidence collected by SABI, through its Citizen Perception Surveys, to make a community action plan.

Community activist Isatu Kamara in Maboi Kandoh

Community activist Isatu Kamara says: ‘Everyone knows the SABI project – it has been here since 2016. We need what SABI is doing. They can’t build a school or a health centre, but SABI can give us ideas to help us solve problems.

‘SABI has told us how to solve and approach problems. SABI has taught us how to approach people to speak face to face on a mutual level. Not to approach things aggressively, how to meet people, get an appointment, how to represent your community. How to connect citizens and state and make this a smooth process.’

Maboi Kandoh is a community of 400 people which has the nickname of Desert Town, due to the lack of water historically available there.

SABI Inspired People to Take Action

With newfound confidence from her interaction with SABI field teams, Mrs Kamara travelled around the local area, lobbying development organisations to provide technical support to build wells in the village. They now have four.

‘It was due to our own community mobilisation that we got these things,’ she adds.