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The ARU’s RADP Studies
Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind - A Rural Area Community ...

It is worth noting that the last issue of the Batho Pele e-bul­letin (October 31st 2011) de­voted a good part of its coverage to the recently passed RADP Pitso, which was held under the theme: “Building Resilience Among the Remote Area Communities: Har­nessing the Future Together.”

The significance that the The People’s Ministry attached to the RADP Pitso was emended and as such, it took no less than His Excellency the President to offi­cially open the proceedings. Also in attendance were Cabinet Min­isters, Permanent Secretaries, and several heads of department from The People’s Ministry and other gov­ernment ministries.

Interestingly, while different RADP stakeholders convened in Ghanzi to, among other things; assess and exchange notes on the current status of the programme and chart the way forward in terms of its future execution,a team of researchers from the Ap­plied Research Unit (ARU), accom­panied by a handful of their Grad­uate Interns, had just returned from the field where they collect­ed substantial amounts of data on various aspects of the RADP including the economic, health and educational indicators.

The ARU is presently in the pro­cess of completing two related studies on the RADP at the behest of our Permanent Secretary:

The first study is intended to assess the impact of the pro­gramme on the livelihoods of the beneficiaries while the second, is aimed at both coordinating and monitoring, the progress of the implementation of inter-ministerial recommenda­tions of the 2010 Presidential Task Force, on the impact of the RADP on beneficiaries’ livelihoods.

While both RADP studies are still on-going, it is envisioned that the findings will be used to inform policy-decisions, and implemen­tation strategies.

These strategies have been developed by varied RADP stake­holders in order to ensure optimal utilization and community own­ership of the programme.

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