The minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development have commended council’s executive for practicing inclusive approach to local development.
The sum of 1.25 billion francs CFA has been granted to 30 councils so as to encourage growth in their different areas of competence. The solemn ceremony presided at by the minister of economy, planning and regional development in Yaounde on October 31, 2018 brought together three councils from each region.
Officials of the national community-driven participatory programme said the mechanisms put in place to reward the beneficiary councils was that, they followed up the account management and budget execution, the execution and follow-up of the national community-driven participatory programme sponsored projects. This therefore explains that the national community-driven participatory programme created a follow-up survey so as to monitor and assess the performance of the councils that who took part in the competition.
At the end of the competition, the Bamendjou council occupied the first position as the most outstanding council by scoring a total margin of 87%. The other councils that proved their worth were Somalomo council that grabbed the prize of best progressiveness while Obala, Balikumbat, Ayos, Elak Oku, Kumbo, Nguti, Tombel and Tiko councils who scored a percentage of 60.12. In this vein, 20 councils return home with a cash prize of 50 million francs each while 10 other who distinguished themselves from the overall assessment and considered the best by the national community-driven participatory programme.
Speaking during the award ceremony the Minister of economy, planning and regional development, Alamine Ousmane Mey said that this initiative stems from 1996 is committed to promote decentralisation. To compliment this the operations manager for the World Bank in Cameroon, Elisabeth Huybens said they will accompany councils in their development drive for it is a laudable effort and it obvious permit councils to double their efforts.
It should be recorded that some 336 councils out of 360 participated in this competition organized by the national community-driven participatory programme sponsored projects, the second edition of its kind. The other councils that didn’t answer present during the competition was due to the fact of insecurity in some parts of the country.
Participatory development (PD) seeks to engage local populations in development projects. Participatory development has taken a variety of forms since it emerged in the 1970s, when it was introduced as an important part of the “basic needs approach” to development. Most manifestations of PD seek “to give the poor a part in initiatives designed for their benefit” in the hopes that development projects will be more sustainable and successful if local populations are engaged in the development process. PD has become an increasingly accepted method of development practice and is employed by a variety of organizations. It is often presented as an alternative to mainstream “top-down” development. There is some question about the proper definition of PD as it varies depending on the perspective applied. Two perspectives that can define PD are the “Social Movement Perspective” and the “Institutional Perspective”.