SCEFI Emblematic Stories on Change through Community Mobilisation
Many urban communities in Fiji face challenges associated with migration and poverty, including inequalities in access to basic services and opportunities. Efforts of partnerships between policy makers and communities to find creative and sustainable solutions in these situations are required. In 2014, the Abua Youth Club, with support from UNDP’s Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Fiji Initiative (SCEFI), organized a training programme for the residents of Abua, an informal settlement in the outskirts of Labasa, Macuata Province. The training was geared towards developing skills and capacities to address challenges specific to the Abua community. The planning and implementation of the programme was community-driven and participatory, involving both women and youth. The initiative succeeded in gaining the attention of social service agents, expanded Abua’s networks with others, and opened up opportunities for community members in a manner not known before.