Impact of Shell’s Sustainable Community Development Approach on the Livelihood Activities of Community Beneficiaries in the Niger Delta, Nigeria

Jemimah Timothy Ekanem, Ike Nwachukwu, Unyime Robson Etuk


The study assessed the impact of Shell Petroleum Development Company’s (SPDC) sustainable community development (SCD) approach to interventions in the Niger Delta region. It specifically assessed performance of projects implemented through SCD approach against projects’ objectives and also assessed projects impact on livelihood activities of the beneficiaries. A desk review of SPDC’s approaches to project implementation was done and a field work was carried out during which opinion leaders, youth, women leaders were interviewed and field observation of the projects were made. The data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics and composite index. Response on the level of performance of SPDC’s agricultural intervention revealed that the project performance was high, but there was an average level of impact on the livelihood activities of the beneficiaries as it did not exceed 0.699 index range. It was concluded that the SCD approach used for the implementation of the community projects was less effective, thus the project objectives were not fully achieved. Therefore, SPDC should re-strategize her community development initiatives to achieve her goal of sustainability.


Impact, SPDC, Sustainable Community Development, Agricultural Intervention, livelihood activities, Sustainability, Niger Delta

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