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Center for Municipal Studies (CEMUS)

CEMUS UPDATE

BACKGROUND TO THE CENTER FOR MUNICIPAL STUDIES (CEMUS)
THE GOVERNMENT OF CAMEROON (GOC) IS A SIGNATORY TO THE MDG’S. THE GOC HAS SINCE APRIL 2003 LOCALIZED THE MDGS THROUGH THE ELABORATION OF THE POVERTY REDUCTION STRATEGY PAPER (PRSP). SINCE THEN, GOVERNMENT EFFORTS HAVE REMAINED LARGELY ON PAPER. NOT HAVING A READING CULTURE, THE GRASS ROOT POPULATIONS HAVE REMAINED LARGELY IGNORANT AND HAVE BEEN IMMENSELY MANIPULATED BY THE ELITES OF EACH TRIBE IN THE COUNTRY WHO SEEK DEVELOPMENT FOR SELF AND FAMILY RATHER THAN FOR THE MASSES.
WITH THE COMPLETION POINT OF THE HIPCI AND COUPLED WITH IMMENSE PRESSURE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, THE GOVERNMENT OF CAMEROON IS RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS AND SEEMS TO WANT TO GET THINGS RIGHT THIS TIME AROUND. THE GOVERNMENT SEEMS DETERMINED TO ENGAGE IN PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVES (PPPI) WITH INCREASED GRASSROOTS PARTICIPATION IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THEIR OWN AFFAIRS.
FURTHERMORE, ANALYSTS PREVIEW A 4-5 % INCREASE IN ECONOMIC GROWTH IN CAMEROON OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS. BUT CAN THIS GROWTH BE” INCLUSIVE” WHEN WE SEE THE CONSTANT LACK OF TRANSPARENCY THAT IS SLOWLY OPENING A WINDOW OF VULNERABILITY? CAMEROON HAS BEEN NOMINATED TO CO-HOST THE AFRICA COMMUNICATION SATELLITE AND WE INTEND TO EXPLOIT THIS TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE SOUTH WEST REGION.

JUSTIFICATION:-
CEMUS REPRESENTS SOLUTIONS FOR RURAL SOUTH WEST! OPEN SOCIETIES NEED STRATEGIES THAT OPEN PEOPLE MINDS. LET EVERY BODY KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. THERE CAN BE NO “EVOLUTION” OR “REVOLUTION” WITHOUT QUESTIONS FROM THE POPULATION! PEOPLE CANNOT QUESTION WHAT THEY DO NOT KNOW!! CEMUS IS PREPARING PEOPLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC’S PROPOSAL TO GRADUALLY ALLOW PEOPLE PARTICIPATE MORE FULLY IN THE DAILY MANAGEMENT OF THEIR OWN AFFAIRS. THE POPULATION NEEDS TO DEVELOP TIME TABLES THAT WOULD ENABLE THEM MEASURE THIS GRADUAL PROCESS AS WE APPROACH THE MAGIC YEAR OF 2015!!
CEMUS IS A PROFESSIONAL AND EFFECTIVE PROJECT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION THAT HAS ALSO INCORPORATES THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF CAMEROON.
CEMUS IS TIMELY AS IT GOES OPERATIONAL MID WAY THE CURRENT MUNICIPAL AND PARLIAMENTARY MANDATE (2008-2012). WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE CURRENT MANDATE WILL GIVE US BETTER INDICATORS ON OUR COMMITMENT TO THE MDG AND THE PRSP.
OBJECTIVES:-
 TO MOBILIZE AND ORGANIZE GRASS ROOT POPULATIONS TO PARTICIPATE MORE FULLY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THEIR OWN AFFAIRS
 TO SENSITIZE THE POPULATION ON GOVERNMENT INSTRUMENTS AND ACTIONS GEARED AT LOCAL DEVELOPMENT
 TO STIMULATE SYNERGIES BETWEEN NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND LOCAL PLANS THAT INCLUDE LOCAL INITIATIVES AND ASPIRATIONS.

ACTIVITIES:-
 INFORMATION GATHERING, ANALYSIS AND DISSEMINATION
 INFORMATIVE AND EDUCATIVE COMMUNITY RADIO PROGRAMS

METHODOLOGY:-
CEMUS HAS A NERVE CENTER IN BUEA (REGIONAL CAPITAL) OF THE SOUTH WEST. THE CENTER IS DIVIDED INTO 2 UNITS: – THE INTERNET SERVICE AND THE RESEARCH AND DISSEMINATION SERVICE
 THE INTERNET SERVICE ALLOWS DEVELOPMENT ACTORS IN THE MORE URBANIZED BUEA AND ITS ENVIRONS TO STAY CONNECTED TO THE “GLOBAL VILLAGE”
 THE RESEARCH & DISSEMINATION SERVICE IS OUR CUTTING EDGE STRATEGY. IT GATHERS , ANALYZES AND DISSEMINATES PERTINENT INFORMATION TO THE APPROPRIATE QUARTERS (IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT WE ARE POOR LARGELY BECAUSE WE ARE IGNORANT AND LACK THE FREEDOM OF INVESTIGATION).

THIS IS A DEMAND DRIVEN SERVICE AND ATTRACTS COST RECOVERY CHARGES. IT MAKES PERTINENT INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO LOCAL DEVELOPMENT ACTORS ON ISSUES SUCH AS THE STATE AND COUNCIL BUDGETS, PARLIAMENTARY GRANTS, AWARD OF CONTRACTS AND OTHER BASELINE INFORMATION.

WITHIN A PLANNED STRATEGY, WE INTEND TO FACILITATE THE PROPER FUNCTIONING OF 5 SMALL HOLDER FARMERS COMMUNITY RADIOS IN 5 TARGET MUNICIPALITIES WITHIN THE REGION. THE COMMUNITY RADIOS WILL FUNCTION IN A FRANCHISE (STANDARDIZED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, TRAINING PROGRAMS, MAINTENANCE POLICIES AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES). THE STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES WILL BE JOINTLY DEVELOPED BY THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES IN CONSULTATION WITH THE LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE, TRADITIONAL AUTHORITIES AND CEMUS. THE PROGRAM HINGES ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, CULTURAL, SPORT& LEISURE ISSUES BUT ALSO TOUCHES ISSUES ON TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY, LEGITIMACY, EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES, TEAM SPIRIT, MERIT, SERVICE EXCELLENCE AND RESPONSIVENESS.

PROCESS FACILITATION: ON THE LEARNING CURVE


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