OKON SUNDAY UDOH
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Uyo – Nigeria
OLUSEUN P. BAMGBOYE
Department of Social and Anthropology
University of Uyo
Despite its present challenges, RD continues to serve as a necessary step towards sustainable livelihood and a pre-requisite for Africa’s development. The quests for rural poverty eradication, improved rural agriculture, eradication of gender discrimination, rural empowerment, etcetera, which constitute critical goals for RD continue to suffer especially where there is a complete inadequacy of field-based information. In a study of five RD Projects in two states of south-eastern Nigeria, this study revealed that, establishing projects that do not meet the immediate needs of the people, conflicts and competition over the control of projects, introducing projects with complex technology and high maintenance cost, the fear of being bewitched or persecuted, constitute serious challenges to the success of RD. The study recommended a critical, inter-sectoral and comprehensive definition that focus more on culturally accepted RD programme as a strategy for sustainable RD in Nigeria.