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Vilage Development Plans

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS. 1

LIST OF TABLES. 3

LIST OF FIGURES. 3

LIST OF ACRONYMS. 4

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.. 5

CHAPTER ONE.. 7

INTRODUCTION TO BULUTU VILLAGE COMMUNITY.. 7

1.1 Vegetation. 7

1.2 Climate. 7

1.3 Geology. 7

CHAPTER TWO.. 8

BACKGROUND INFORMATION.. 8

2.1    Population. 8

2.2   Sources and Levels of Income. 8

2.3    Village Institutions. 9

2.4   Social Amenities/ Social Problems. 10

2.5   Culture. 10

CHAPTER THREE.. 11

LIVELIHOOD ACTIVITIES. 11

3.1   Introduction. 11

3.2   Farming. 11

3.3   Gathering of NTFPs. 12

3.4   Palm Wine Tapping. 12

3.5   Trading. 12

3.6   Potentials for Reinforcing Existing Opportunities. 13

CHAPTER FOUR.. 14

PARTICIPATORY LAND USE MAP AND LAND TENURE SYSTEM14

4.1  Land Use. 14

4.2   Land Tenure:14

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER FIVE.. 16

NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND COMMUNITY VISION.. 16

5.1 Problems and Needs.16

5.2 Proposed Solutions. 18

5.3 Bulutu Community Shared Vision. 19

CHAPTER SIX.. 21

OUTLINE OF PRIORITY PROJECTS. 21

6.1    Community Prioritized Projects. 21

6.2    Problem Analysis. 21

6.3    Strategic Plan. 23

CHAPTER SEVEN.. 29

CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS. 29

7.1   Conclusion:29

7.2   Recommendations:29

ANNEX 1: PROBLEM ANALYSIS (CAUSE-EFFECT RELATIONSHIP)30

ANNEX 2: SWOT ANALYSIS. 35

ANNEX 3: ANNUAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN.. 36

ANNEX 4: MONITORING AND EVALUATION.. 41

ANNEX 5 MICRO-PROJECT PROFILES. 44

ANNEX 6: IMPACT MATRIX FOR GENDER AND TIMESCALE.. 49

ANNEX 7:  VILLAGE BASED GROUPS. 49

ANNEX 8: TIME LINE MATRIX.. 49

ANNEX 9: TREND ANALYSIS MATRIX.. 49

ANNEX 10:  COMPOSITION OF VPT.. 50

ANNEX 11:THE ROLES OF THE VILLAGE PLANNING TEAM50

ANNEX  12: PRESENTATION OF VDP FACILIATORS

 

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Age interval and population size…………………………………………………………………… 8

Table 2 Sources and Levels of Income……………………………………………………………………… 8

Table 3 Sources of Expenditure……………………………………………………………………………….. 9

Table 4 Income-Expenditure Matrix…………………………………………………………………………. 9

Table 5 Village Infrastructure…………………………………………………………………………………. 10

Table 6 Partners and Projects Executed…………………………………………………………………… 11

Table 7 Stakeholders Identification…………………………………………………………………………. 11

Table 8 Seasonal Calendar……………………………………………………………………………………… 12

Table 9 Major NTFPs in the Area……………………………………………………………………………. 12

Table 10 Impact on Livelihood Activities on the Environment…………………………………… 16

Table 11 Problem Identification by Sector and Gender……………………………………………… 17

Table 12 Problem Prioritization Matrix ……………………………………………………………………. 17

Table 13 Pair Wise Ranking …………………………………………………………………………………… 18

Table 13.1 Problem Prioritization Matrix………………………………………………………………….. 18

Table 14 Solution Ranking ……………………………………………………………………………………. 21

Table 15 Community Prioritized Projects…………………………………………………………………. 21

Table 16 Core problems and Effect on Population…………………………………………………….. 23

Table 17The Strategic Plan…………………………………………………………………………………….. 26

Table 18 Action/ Solution………………………………………………………………………………………. 23

LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Organigram of Bulutu village…………………………………………………………………….. 9

Figure 2. Bulutu land use map………………………………………………………………………………… 15

 

 

                          

 

 

 

 

 

  LIST OF ACRONYMS

 

CBO                                        Community Based Organization 

CIG                                         Common Initiative Group

FLS                                         Frontline Staff

GoC                                        Government of Cameroon

GTC                                        Government Technical College

HC                                          Health Committee

IGA                                         Income Generating Activities

MINADER                             Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

MINEDUB                             Ministry of Basic Education

MINESEC                              Ministry of Secondary Education

MINFOF                                 Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife

M&E                                       Monitoring and Evaluation

MUDEC                                 Municipal Development Counselling Group

NTFP                                      Non Timber Forest Product

PCC                                        Presbyterian Church in Cameroon

PRA                                        Participatory Rural Appraisal

PTA                                         Parent Teacher Association

RDARD                                  Regional Delegation of Agriculture and Rural Development

RUMPI                                   Rumpi Area Participatory Development Project

SOWEDA                               South West Development Authority

SWOT                                     Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats

VDC                                       VillageDevelopment Committee

VDP                                        Village Development Plan

VPT                                        Village Planning Team

VTC                                        Village Traditional Council

WMC                                      WaterManagement Committee

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

The Bulutu VDP is a document that outlines development procedures, prepared by the villagers of Bulutu to create an enabling environment for development partners and resource users to assist to secure the future of the village in the short as well as the long run.  

The VDP process for Bulutu started with a sensitization meeting with the traditional authorities where the planning process and importance of a VDP were explained.  There was a public dialogue meeting, during which the VPT was formed.  The VPT were trained on data collection and analysis. This was followed by a Village assessment wherein the problems of the village and possible solutions were identified. The process ended with a strategic planning workshop involving most villagers during which a long term vision for the village was agreed upon. 

Bulutu  has a population of about 623 inhabitants and is located about 5km from Ebonji town in Tombel Municipality in Kupe Muanenguba Division. The area is accessible to vehicles throughout the year and the major income sources of the people include farming, hunting, livestock rearing, and the gathering of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs). Several potentials can be used to reinforce the development of the village. These include abundant land which can support community based and agricultural projects. The availability of forest resources can create employment opportunities for the youth. The conditions of the forest reserve also offer potentials that can attract related resources for development. Besides these material resources, the people are committed to raise funds and supply labour towards the advancement of development initiatives in their village.

Despite these potentials, there are several development challenges, which include the absence of pipe borne water which increases the incidence of water related diseases, the absence of a medical institution which means that the population must travel several kilometers in search of medical attention thereby increasing their medical bills, the lack of electricity connections which renders farmers incapable of reducing their post harvest losses through processing and preservation. The village also faces a challenge in the education sector in that the primary school which was built by them currently needs renovation and permanent structures. Finally, the farmers’ still use rudimentary methods in their farms and this has a direct bearing on their farm output. The population is in need of capacity building workshops that could enable them improve on their output.

 Despite the above challenges, the elaboration of this VDP created an environment in which the development of the village was discussed in a participatory manner and a high level of frankness. It is expected that this process has ushered in to the village a renewed sense of community that would reduce internal leadership conflicts and increase their focus towards development projects.

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