Imo State-Okobi One Business One Kindred Initiative


Location Imo State, Nigeria
Variable Community Businesses


DP_1: Collective Governance According to the Helix system[1], we can analyze the situation of OKOBI One Kindred One Business Initiative:


1)    Active citizens, commoners, social innovators, city makers, and local communities. This dimension is visible because the project brings together communities to set up businesses and this entails the presence of these traits making OKOBI a clear manifestation of the common agenda. The community spreads the idea behind the initiative.

2)    Public authorities: A collaboration with the government happen, where the government gives the necessary legitimacy required by registering these communities.

3)    Private actors (national or local businesses; small and medium enterprises; social business): Okobi also engages with the private sector through which other organizations assist in terms of funding.

4)    Civil society organizations and NGOs: NGOs collaborate with Okobi to provide guidance and advice and sometimes provide sponsorships.

5)    Knowledge institutions: This is done through the government’s push where it gives the necessary legitimacy to research institutions and knowledge centers to build the required capacity.

Hence it can be said that the variable is Moderate.

DP_2: Enabling State The Enabling State factor is moderate because even though a positive interaction is seen on the government’s part, the Government is not always needed. After all, communities come together with a shared agenda to be able to address their issues. They are trying to build a proper economic philosophy, not just for the State but the whole country. The idea is to sell the concept and make it replicable to other communities. More can be done to ensure an enabling state to make projects like these go far.

For these reasons, it can be said that a moderate dependent variable for enabling state is identified.





DP_3: Social Poolism The initiative is financially supported through collaborative efforts, with contributions coming from individuals, NGOs, and impact investors who share a common goal of fostering social and environmental impact in society. Funds are channeled into businesses within communities, emphasizing a collective approach to drive positive change. Notably, public funds are not directly utilized in this initiative. The role of the government is primarily centered on providing technical expertise and legitimacy to the project. OKOBI specifically targets underdeveloped rural communities, where basic amenities like roads and water supply may be lacking. Unlike urban areas where the middle class collaborates differently, OKOBI’s approach revolves around empowering communities to address their own needs and uplift their living standards. It underscores a unique model of community-driven development distinct from the collaborative efforts often seen in city-based middle-class initiatives. Therefore, this component is rated Moderate.


DP_4: Experimentalism Different alternative approaches are experimented with through diverse programs, with multiple forms: meetings, surveys, exhibitions, educational programs, and preservation projects. CEBRE has innovative projects that enable a whole community to ensure a thriving economic community with effective policies. This variable is seen as Moderate because circumstances have prevented CEBRE from exploring and initiating many projects in other parts of the city.


DP_5: Tech justice The potential of digital infrastructures and access to technology to facilitate collaboration is not considered. Here we have a Weak dependent variable for tech justice.



(Imo State, Nigeria-Okobi One Business One Kindred Initiative-Community Building and Development -2022)


Posted on

January 24, 2024