The goal is to reinforce the organizational skills of the rural civil society (farming communities) and indigenous pygmy minorities to allow them to better defend their rights and interests and to cultivate a spirit of self-reliance in them.
Some background information
The fight against poverty is one of the biggest problems in Cameroun today. One of the means used to eradicate poverty is to promote decentralization to facilitate local development.
With the aim of ensuring the operationalization of the decentralization process, some instruments have been set up by the government, specifically (Participatory Community Development Program (PNDP), Community Development Support Program (PADC), National Governance Program (PNG) and Decentralization and Local Development Support Program,( PADDL). The preparation of local representatives to handle this new structure shall be performed progressively.
Moreover, development players have undertaken actions which have allowed a large portion of rural populations to learn their rights. Some of them have created actions to defend their interests. In addition, the emergence of numerous development committees has been observed and farmers have become aware of the role they can play in the decentralization process. However, these populations remain vulnerable to manipulations and external abuse, and the strategic interests of women are still greatly ignored in the local development process.
In the areas where indigenous pygmy and Bantous minorities cohabit, the marginalization phenomenon of pygmies inhibits their participation in the socio-economic life of their areas, and prevents them from equitably enjoying the benefits of decentralization.
However, recognition and integration of minorities in national politics can be seen, through the creation of specific development programs for the Pygmies, and taking into account Pygmies’ recommendations for drafting the DSRP II. Moreover, for the past twelve years, actions to reduce the marginalization of pygmy populations have been carried out by INADES Formation Cameroun in collaboration with other organizations supporting the indigenous pygmy minorities within the Research - Collective Pygmy Actions,( RACOPY) network.
This progressive integration leads to an awareness of those concerned. But their commitment to defending their rights remains still very weak. And the entities which could play this role are still not sufficiently strong and representative.
Intervention area and target population
The project covers the following areas:
The beneficiaries of the project to support decentralization and socioeconomic integration of the indigenous pygmy minorities are the local representatives, the members of OSCR/communities, support organizations and indigenous pygmy associations, in the South, East and Centre provinces of Cameroon. An estimated 150,000 people are involved.
In these provinces and in particular in the project areas, the populations attend to various activities such as agriculture, forestry, crafts, hunting, fishing, picking fruit and socio-cultural activities.
The main assistance activities already implemented