Poverty is pronounced when the basic necessities of life (which include adequate income, education, good health, security, sense of dignity and a certain level of freedom) are absent. The study examined the role of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in poverty alleviation in Ondo city, Ondo State, Nigeria, with the view of providing guidelines for policy makers in the area of community development. Primary data was collected from all the heads of 50% of 243 (122) CBOs that have registered with the local government council in the study area as at the time of this study. Both descriptive and inferential analytical techniques were used to analyze data collected on the study. Findings revealed that 59% percent preferred loans with low interest rate; this is relative to other sources of loans such as banks. Findings established the list of community projects individually embarked upon or chaired by these CBOs in Ondo, Nigeria. These include construction of roads (40.9%), electricity (20.9), flood control (10.9%), schools (6.4%), public toilets (5.50%), potable water (well, bore-holes) (11.8%) and others (3.6%). The study concluded that CBOs could act as strategies directed toward alleviating poverty of communities in developing nations.
Key Words: Poverty alleviation, Development, Community based organisation, Planning