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Report on Financing Gender Equality (F4GE)

PASC is a European Union Program jointly Co-Financed with the Government of
Cameroon.
ANNEX VI
FINAL NARRATIVE REPORT
1. Description___________________________________

1.1. Name of beneficiary of 2rant contract: Municipal Development Counselling (MUDEC) Group, Buea. South West Region.
1.2. Name and title of the Contact person: Charlie Mbonteh, Team Leader
1.3. Name of partner in the Action: Youth Alliance for Democracy & Development (YADD).
1.4. Title of the Action: Track II Project to Institutionalize Gender Responsive Budgeting in Councils of the South West Region.
1.5. Contract number: (237) 677 64 94 30 / 694 34 43 52.
1.6. Start date and end date of the action: 17th December 2013 to 17th May 2015.
1.7. Target country (ies) or reeion(s): South West Region, Cameroon.
1.8. Final beneficiaries &/or tarset srouns1 (if different) (including numbers of women The final beneficiaries for this action constitute grass root populations including women, men, boys, girls, young & single mothers, widows, widowers, the elderly, and persons living with disabilities, members of socio-cultural and professional groups. On the other hand, the target groups for this action constitute local decision makers including elected officials such as Mayors, Councilors and Parliamentarians as well as appointed officials including Heads of Government Technical Services (GTS) within the region. In total, the action directly reached more than 1.500 persons (90% females). A further breakdown reveal that 85% of persons directly reached were final beneficiaries while about 15% of persons directly reached constitute target groups for this action. Indirectly, more than ten thousand (10.000) persons have been reached through radio announcements, newspaper articles, television & video coverage and announcements in Churches and socio cultural and professional meetings. Word of mouth between grass root populations has also contributed in widening the reach of project activities.
1.9 Country (ies) in which the activities take place (if different from 1.7): The Same
“Target groups” are the groups/entities who will be directly positively affected by the project at the Project
Purpose level, and “final beneficiaries” are those who will benefit from the project in the long term at the
level of the society or sector at large.
and men):
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2. Assessment of implementation of Action activities – -__________________________
2.1. Executive summary of the Action:
Please give a global overview of the Action’s implementation for the whole
duration of the project. This project represented an up scaled version of a previous project supported by the EU sponsored PASOC between 2010 and 2011. The overall objective of this project is to increase accountability in financing for gender equality in councils of the South West Region of Cameroon. Specifically, the project sought to improve the technical capacities of councils to integrate output budgeting; strengthen the capacities of women groups to monitor and enforce output based budgeting in councils and lastly to develop a data base on council financing for gender equality. In order to attain its objectives, several key activities were organized during project implementation. Firstly, a Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) study was conducted in six (06) pilot councils that had adopted Municipal Deliberations bearing on GRB in their municipalities within the framework of the PASOC funding. The main objective of this study was to ascertain the degree of implementation of GRB in these pilot councils as well as identify the gaps and challenges encountered by councils in the discharge of the GRB initiative. The findings of the study were restituted and validated by project target groups and target beneficiaries in all six pilot councils. Based on the recommendations of the study, three (03) Gender Public Squares (GPS) were organized in Bangem (Kupe Mwanenguba Division), Limbe (Fako Division) and Kumba (Meme Division). There were thirty (30) participants invited to each GPS with the main objective to share the findings of the GRB study and to put in place some of the recommendations. A major result from the organization of the GPS was the creation of fourteen (14) Gender Platforms including seven (07) Women Foundations for Inclusive Governance (WOFIG) and seven (07) Gender Committees. In each participating council for the GPS, a WOFIG and a Gender committee was created. Members of each gender platform include elected officials (target groups for this action) as well as grass root populations (target beneficiaries for this action). This is a novelty in that decision makers as well as beneficiaries share a common platform on which to design strategies that benefit gender mainstreaming. Another result from the organization of the three GPS was the adoption of lobbying strategies to advocate for Municipal Deliberations bearing on GRB in the participating councils. Elected Officials in all participating councils have taken a commitment to adopt Municipal Deliberations bearing on GRB. During the recently held Administrative Accounts Sessions (April & May 2015), Bangem, Kumba n, and Kumba III Councils have adopted the deliberation while the sessions for Limbe I, n, and HI Councils are being awaited probably in June 2015. It is of interest to note here that MUDEC group and partner (YADD) also organized a GRB result sharing activity with students of the Departments of Women & Gender Studies, Anthropology, Sociology and Accounting of the University of Buea. This activity was not sponsored by PASC but was engaged with the objective to sensitize potential council staff on the necessity for GRB in councils. More than five hundred (500) students and staff were reached during this one day expose.
January 2012 Page 2 of 11 * During project implementation, more than two hundred (200) copies of the National Gender Policy in Cameroon were disseminated after a careful review of its institutional framework in which the Divisional Officer is the Chairperson of the Local Gender Committee. Female councillors and their partners proposed and adopted an addendum in which the female Deputy Mayor should chair the committee and gave regular briefings to the Divisional Officer in each Sub-division. All project activities were given wide visibility in local newspapers and other media houses. A sign board was planted in Bangem as added value for proximity visibility. MUDEC and YADD have also contributed press releases with pictures to PASC and REACHOUT (South West Relay Organization) to benefit newsletters produced by both organizations. MUDEC will also upload project activities on our website upon the completion of operations. In the area of institutional functioning, MUDEC benefited from PASC proximity auditors who tremendously added value to our financial reporting. In this light, MUDEC successfully and timely engaged all project activities and related expenditures.
2.2. Activities and Results: Please list all the activities in line with annex 1 of the contract since the last interim report if any or during the reporting period.
Activity 1:
Organized a Gender Public Square (GPS) in Limbe with 30 participants (29 females) on
3rd March 2015. Participants included all female councillors and the Secretaries General in Limbe I, II, and III Councils, representatives of key sectors such as MINPROFF (including Women Forum), MINAS and MINEPAT. The activity was moderated by VISHGECAM Trainers with close monitoring from MUDEC and YADD. The consultant presented findings from the GRB study that was conducted in six (06) pilot councils as well as highlighted the recommendations which constituted the basis for the organization of the GPS in Limbe. The Member of Parliament for the Fako East Constituency (Hon. Gladys Etombi) was present and took very active interest during the entire activity. Participants listened to several presentations such as the findings from the GRB Study and recommendations, the council budget process and strategies for integrating GRB in Councils.
Result 1: Creation of functional Gender Platforms called LIMBE Women Foundation for Inclusive Governance (LIMBEWOFIG) in Limbe I, n, and III Councils with competent focal persons. LIMBEWOFIG members include female councillors, representatives of sociocultural as well as professional groups in each municipality. The main objective of LIMBEWOFIG is to sensitize grass root populations on the functioning of their local councils with focus on engendering all activities executed by the council. LIMBEWOFIG membership is open and will continue to grow based on the level of sensitization carried out by the executive members.
Result 2: Creation of Gender Committees in Limbe I, H, and in Councils. This result is in line with the dictates of the National Gender Policy of Cameroon 2011 to 2020 which was elaborated by officials of MINPROFF in consultation with international partners in Cameroon. The main task of the Gender Committee is to ensure that proposed budgetary allocations by the council are gender sensitive. The institutional framework for the National Gender Policy calls for the Divisional Officer to Chair Local Gender Committees, however to
January 2012 Page 3 of 11 ensure the smooth functioning, participants adopted an addendum which will enable the female Deputy Mayor to chair meetings and offer regular briefings to the Divisional Officer. Hon. Gladys Etombi (M.P. for Fako East Constituency) promised to highlight this addendum during subsequent discussions with her colleagues.
Result 3: Creation of a Gender Steering Group in Limbe, whose members comprise representatives of the Gender Committees of each council in Limbe. The main task of this steering group is to articulate the aspirations of the gender committees at the city level where the decision making authorities are beyond the level of the Mayor. The Steering Group in Limbe is headed by Mrs. Eyere Takor who is a councillor (Chairperson of the Social Committee of Limbe I Council) and a seasoned educationist in Limbe. An action plan or roadmap for the steering group was elaborated and adopted by participants.
Result 4: The knowledge base of council authorities and women groups on GRB increased and the commitment to engender the council budget engaged. The key actors in the elaboration of the council budget are Mayors and Secretaries General. Their presence and commitment to closely collaborate with women groups through gender platforms will ensure that the GRB agenda is firmly maintained on the decision making table of council authorities.
Result 5: Action Plans for Gender Committees and Gender Steering Groups elaborated and adopted. Ensuring a follow-up of this action plan will assure effective gender actions within each municipality.
Result 6: Increased Synergy between the Councils of Limbe and the Member of Parliament for Fako East Constituency. This is the first time that these two structures have come together to discuss practical strategies for collaboration. Pro-activity on the part of female councillors will bring immense gains to their grass root populations.
Result 7: Elaboration & Adoption of Municipal Deliberations bearing on GRB assured. The Deputy Mayors were resolved to advocate and lobby for the adoption of Municipal Deliberations in their councils. The Secretaries General promised to facilitate this initiative if instructed by their Mayors. Drafts for the elaboration of Municipal Deliberations as well as lobbying strategies were provided to all participants.
Activity 2:
Organized a Gender Public Square (GPS) in Kumba with 30 participants (24 females)
on 4th March 2015. Participants included all female councillors and the Secretaries General in Kumba I, n, and III Councils, representatives of key sectors such as WEC (MINPROFF), MINADER, MINAS and MINEPAT. The Kumba Local Transporters Union was also invited. The activity was moderated by VISHGECAM Trainers with close monitoring from MUDEC and YADD. The consultant presented findings from the GRB study that was conducted in six (06) pilot councils as well as highlighted the recommendations which constituted the basis for the organization of the GPS in Kumba. The Member of Parliament for the Kumba Urban Constituency was invited but could not attend. Participants listened to several presentations such as the findings from the GRB study and recommendations, the council budget process and strategies for integrating GRB in Councils.
Result 1: Creation of functional Gender Platforms called KUMBA Women Foundation for Inclusive Governance (KUMBAWOFIG) in Kumba I, II, and ID Councils with competent focal persons. KUMBAWOFIG members include female councillors, representatives of socio-cultural as well as professional groups in each municipality. The main objective of KUMBAWOFIG is to sensitize grass root populations on the functioning of their local councils with focus on engendering all activities executed by the council. KUMBAWOFIG membership is open to all development actors in Kumba and will continue to grow based on the level of sensitization carried out by the executive members.
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Result 2: Creation of Gender Committees in Kumba I, n, and III Councils. This result is in line with the dictates of the National Gender Policy of Cameroon 2011 to 2020 which was elaborated by officials of MINPROFF in consultation with international partners in Cameroon. The main task of the Gender Committee is to ensure that proposed budgetary allocations by the council are gender sensitive. The institutional framework for the National Gender Policy calls for the Divisional Officer to Chair Local Gender Committees, however in order to ensure the smooth functioning, participants adopted an addendum which will enable the female Deputy Mayor to chair meetings and offer regular briefings to the Divisional Officer.
Result 3: Creation of a Gender Steering Group in Kumba, whose members comprise representatives of the Gender Committees of each council in Kumba including the Alternate Member of Parliament for Kumba Urban Constitutency (Mrs. Nnoko Lilian). The main task of this steering group is to articulate the aspirations of the gender committees at the city level where the decision making authorities are beyond the level of the Mayor. The Steering Group in Kumba is headed by Mrs. Bertha Tazi who is a councillor of Kumba III Council and the Vice Principal of GTHS, Kumba. An action plan or roadmap for the steering group was elaborated and adopted by participants.
Result 4: The knowledge base of council authorities and women groups on GRB increased and the commitment to engender the council budget engaged. The key actors in the elaboration of the council budget are Mayors and Secretaries General. The presence and commitment of Secretaries General including their close collaboration with women groups through gender platforms will ensure that the GRB agenda is firmly maintained on the decision making table of councils.
Result 5: Action Plans for Gender Committees and Gender Steering Groups elaborated and adopted. This action plan, if properly executed will assure effective gender actions within each municipality.
Result 6: Elaboration & Adoption of Municipal Deliberations bearing on GRB assured. The Deputy Mayors were resolved to advocate and lobby for the adoption of Municipal Deliberations in their councils. The Secretaries General promised to facilitate this initiative if instructed by their Mayors. Drafts for the elaboration of Municipal Deliberations as well as lobbying strategies were provided to all participants. Kumba II and III Councils recently adopted Municipal Deliberations bearing on GRB. The deliberation had been adopted in Kumba I Council in 2012.

Activity 3:
Reproduction and Dissemination of 200 copies of the National Gender Policy in
Cameroon to development actors, Local Authorities and Non State Actors in the South
West Region. More than 200 copies (hard) and several hundreds more (soft) copies of the National Gender Policy in Cameroon were disseminated within the region. Specifically, copies were given to Members of Parliament, Council Authorities, and female councillors, sector heads including MINEPAT, MINAS, MINADER, MINPROFF, and Women Empowerment Centres.
Result 1: Institutional framework made widely available thus improving knowledge on the composition and functioning of Gender Committees at the council level. Participants were coached during the GPS on the spirit of the policy document and practical strategies were developed to ensure smooth functioning of the committees.
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Activity 4:
Project activities widely disseminated through newspapers, television, radio, signboards,
announcements through Churches, socio cultural and professional meetings, the internet
and website, Key project activities such as the organization of GPS in Limbe and Kumba were published in the Eden and Post Newspapers which are the prominent national newspapers in English. The GPS that was organized in Kumba was also videotaped and distributed to HiTV in Buea and KMTV in Kumba. The dissemination of the National Gender Policy was also published in the Eden Newspaper. Several press releases were dispatched to local radio stations in Buea, Limbe and Kumba. A sign board was planted in Bangem as added value for proximity visibility.
Result 1: Project activities widely communicated and highly visible to the general public in a sustained manner. 2.3 All planned activities were executed. 2.4 The overall project objective is to increase accountability in financing for gender equality. Specifically, the project sought to: a) Improve the technical capacities of local councils to integrate result indicators into planning and budgeting. b) Strengthen the capacities of women foundations to monitor and enforce Output Based Budgeting (OBB) in councils. c) Develop a data base on the amount of council financing for gender equality and the short fall in funding to address gender gaps and needs. During the organization of the Gender Public Squares (GPS) in Bangem, Limba and Kumba, council staffs were coached on gender mainstreaming. This improved their knowhow (skills) or technical capacities to integrate results indicators into their planning and budgeting. This is evident by the several tools and guidelines that were made available and analyzed in plenary as well as in groups. The testimonies of key staff who are implicated in planning and budgeting including Mayors and Secretaries General also indicate their appreciation of knowledge acquired thus assuring the realization of the project’s first specific objective listed above. Similarly, the GPS facilitated the creation of several gender platforms which were coached and provided with action plans designed as roadmaps for follow-up. The creation of these gender platforms with practical action plans offers beneficiaries of council services opportunities to work together and be proactive and engaging with council authorities. The capacities of women groups to enforce OBB in their councils have been tremendously strengthened through the implantation of gender platforms as well as through newly acquired knowledge on lobbying and advocacy. Through the dissemination of the National Gender Policy in Cameroon within the region, women group have been sensitized on the institutional framework for Gender Committees which reinforces its legality. This has contributed in strengthening the resolve of Gender Committee members who have promised to be engaging with council authorities. The last objective relates to the availability of information on financing for gender equality. Tools have been developed and disseminated. The Gender Platforms (through their action plans) will be proactive and engaging such that council staff will collect gender disaggregated data which will be analyzed, made public and shared among women groups and other development actors on periodic basis. A potential risk that we encountered during project execution was the possibility of project abandonment primarily due to prolonged late disbursement of funds from the Contracting Authority (PASC). The original project duration was ten (10) months from 17 December 2013
January 2012 Page 6 of 11 to 17th October 2014. This risk was neutralized by an agreement between PASC and MUDEC for an extension of the project to 17th May 2015. This enabled the successful completion of project activities despite the immense pressure of pre-financing by MUDEC. 2.5 What has been the outcome? a) Two (02) Gender Platforms with proactive members (Women Foundations for Inclusive Governance or WOFIG and Gender Committees) have been created and provided with practical action plans in Bangem, Kumba I, II, III, Limbe I, II, and III Councils. b) Gender Steering Groups have been established in Kumba and Limbe to ensure the affective coordination of project gains at the city level. c) Commitment of council authorities to increase financing for gender equality through the elaboration and adoption of Municipal Deliberations bearing on Gender Responsive Budgeting in Bangem, Kumba I, H, ID, Limbe I, n, and III Councils. d) Improved collaboration between the Member of Parliament, Government Technical Services (MINPROFF, MINADER, MINAS, MINEPAT), female councillors and representatives of women and youth groups and socio-professional groups. 2.6 Please list all materials produced during the course of the project. a) Newspaper coverage of project activities b) Video coverage of project activities c) Reports on the Study on Gender Responsive Budgeting in six (06) pilot councils in the South West Region. d) Reports on the Gender Public Squares (GPS) organized in Bangem, Limbe and Kumba. e) Two (02) Interim Narrative Reports. f) One (01) Final Narrative Report. g) Financial justifications for the entire project period. h) Signboard in Bandem. i) Banners used during Gender Public Squares (GPS). 2.7 N/A. 2.8 Describe if the action will continue after the support from the EU… Yes, the action will definitely continue after the support from the EU which certainly was a jump-starter. Since their election into the current mandate (2013 to 2018), female councillors have been longing for knowledge on concrete strategies to enable them lobby and advocate for council financing for gender equality. This project supported by EU (PASC) has offered just that opportunity through the creation of gender platforms with action plans, also the linkages with the Members of Parliament and the networks with key government sectors will ensure continuity of project gains. By taking commitments through the elaboration and adoption of Municipal Deliberations bearing on Gender Responsive Budgeting, the councils will continue to plan and budget for gender related activities. Gender Committees will remain vigilant, proactive and engaging with council authorities. The Micro Project Fund that is managed by Members of Parliament will also focus on gender related activities in municipalities. Joint planning and budgeting for gender equality programs will be enforced in these municipalities and probably emulated elsewhere. Finally, MUDEC and project partner (YADD) will continue to solicit collaboration from other organizations to replicate these project gains in other councils within the South West Region and beyond.
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2.9 Explain how the action has mainstreamed cross cutting issues such as gender /
HR. This project is a gender based venture. Through its design and implementation the action is gender focused. The action has supported the creation of gender platforms and empowered them with skills and tools to lobby, monitor and enforce gender mainstreaming in their councils. The action has facilitated the elaboration and adoption of Municipal Deliberations bearing on Gender Responsive Budgeting in Councils. This is a policy document (a commitment) and effective follow-up will definitely increase gender mainstreaming. Finally, the action has tremendously sensitized and awakened female and male councillors on the need to plan and budget for gender equality thus reducing poverty and enhancing gender mainstreaming.
2.10 How and by whom have the activities been monitored / evaluated
summarize., the results of the feedback received including from the beneficiaries. The Contracting Authority has made several monitoring visits through which several adjustments were made including the change of locations for the organization of Gender Public Squares (GPS). The Contracting Authority also made available proximity auditors who tremendously improved MUDEC and YADD capacities in financial reporting. The PASC relay organization also made monitoring visits. The beneficiaries have made several testimonies on the practical methodology of project execution reason why several follow-up meetings have been realized. The target group (local decision makers) have committed to the ideals of the project thus acknowledging the value added in their plan of work through project execution.
2.11 What has your organization / partner learned from the action and how
has this learning been utilized and disseminated? a) Joint planning between the target group (local decision makers) and final beneficiaries is more sustainable than each working separately. b) Gender Platforms at grass roots and policy levels will build synergy that could ensure effective mainstreaming of gender in local councils. c) Adoption of Gender Policies (possible quotas) will enhance commitment and action for gender equality. MUDEC Group is currently executing activities geared toward building the capacities of locally elected officials on their Roles and Responsibilities (R & R) within the South West Region. Within this framework, MUDEC has facilitated the creation of gender platforms in Tombel, Mbonge, Tiko, Ekondo Titi, Mundemba, Wabane, Tinto and Toko Councils. Women Foundations for Inclusive Governance (WOFIG) and Gender Committees have been constituted in these locations and we hope to implant same in all councils of the region in collaboration with the United Cities and Councils of Cameroon, South West Chapter.
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3. Partners and other Co-operation
3.1. How do you assess the relationship between the formal partners of this Action
(i.e. those partners which have signed a partnership statement)? Please provide
specific information for each partner organisation: The project has two partners who conceived the project and are closely implicated in the execution. MUDEC and YADD meet regularly to deliberate on the way forward. MUDEC was the project holder who was highly involved in negotiations with local stakeholders as well as management of daily operations while YADD was highly engaged in sensitization, monitoring and reporting of project activities.
3.2. Is the partnership to continue? How… if not Why not? MUDEC and YADD have a long history of partnership. This relationship is ongoing and will continue as we are already designing follow-up actions to replicate these project gains in other municipalities.
3.3. How would you assess the relationship between your organisation and State
authorities in the Action countries? How has this relationship affected the
Action? Local Council Officials and Supervisory Authorities were adequately sensitized by project partners (MUDEC and YADD) in close collaboration with female councillors and other influential women in each of the participating councils. All Mayors and Secretaries General gave maximum support to project activities and many of them actively participated during plenary as well as group exercises. All female councillors are heavily implicated in the action especially as the objectives and ideals of the project are in line with their aspirations. Female councilors are either members or coordinators of Women Foundations for Inclusive Governance (WOFIG) or Gender Committees in their councils. The female Deputy Mayor in each council is the chairperson of the Gender Committee which also has the Finance Committee Chairperson of each council as a member. This strategic inclusion of key decision makers into these gender platforms has increased the possibilities for the realization of concrete and sustainable gender sensitive actions. Their abilities to lobby council authorities on gender responsive budgeting have increased. This is visibly through the commitment (within a short time) to elaborate Municipal deliberations bearing on Gender Responsive Budgeting in councils. The installation of the gender platforms by the Mayor represents a commitment for engagement which the project beneficiaries will certainly exploit.
3.4. Where applicable, describe your relationship with any other organisations
involved in implementing the Action:
• Final Beneficiaries and Target groups: Please see 3.3 above.
• Other third parties involved (including other donors, other government
agencies or local government units, NGOs, etc). There is a positive relationship between the project partners and council authorities. The involvement of key sectors including MINEPAT, MINAS, MINADER and MINPROFF from the inception of the project has improved the possibility for sustained inclusion of project gains into their planning and budgeting.
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3.5. Where applicable, outline any links and synergies you have developed with
other actions.
 Women Foundations for Inclusive Governance (WOFIG) in Limbe has incorporated the Member of Parliament for Fako East (Hon. Etombi Gladys) who as Special Adviser has indicated the availability of her office to the service of the gains of this project.
S Mayors of seven (07) councils including Limbe I, II, ID, Kumba I, II, III and Bangem have taken commitments to enhance inclusive governance within their municipalities beginning with the adoption of Municipal Deliberations bearing on GRB in their councils.
 MUDEC and YADD have deposited copies of the National gender Policy to the Regional Office of United Cities and Councils in Cameroon (UCCC / SW). We intend to engage the bureau to sign an MOU bearing on GRB in all councils of the region.
 In all MUDEC trainings of councillors on their Roles and Responsibilities (R & R), we include the creation of Women Foundations for Inclusive Governance (WOFIG) and the creation of Gender Committees in line with the National Gender Policy in Cameroon.
 We are working on collaborative agreements with several institutions of higher learning in Buea on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
 MUDEC is collaborating with CHAMEG-SBI (another PASC beneficiary) on linkages between the Public Investment Budget (PIB), the Communal Development Plan (CDP) and Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB). Findings from this initiative will be widely disseminated.
 We have disseminated more than 200 copies of the National Gender Policy in Cameroon to several development actors in the region including MINPROFF, MINAS, MINADER and MINEPAT.
 We have disseminated copies of working documents produced during the course of this project to HiTV in Buea, Christian Broadcasting Radio (CBS) in Buea, Radio Banakanda in Buea, Ocean City Radio (OCR) in Kumba, Lakeside Radio in Kumba, EDEN Radio in Limbe and Ocean City Radio (OCR) in Limbe. These media houses will continuously sensitize local development actors on the gains of the project with focus on inclusive governance in the South West Region^
3.6. If your organisation has received previous EU grants in view of strengthening
the same target group, in how far has this Action been able to build
upon/complement the previous one(s)? (List all previous relevant EU grants). MUDEC Group benefited from PASOC in 2010 and 2011. The main result of the PASOC funded project was to adopt Municipal Deliberation bearing on GRB in 6 pilot councils of the South West Region of Cameroon. PASC has added value by facilitating the identification of the gaps and challenges faced by council authorities in engendering their budgets. PASC has also built the capacities of council authorities to collect, update and disseminate gender disaggregated data which will enable them to measure results and impact of their budgets. Another added value has been to improve the capacities of women groups to enforce gender budgeting in councils through the formation of functional WOFIG as well as Gender Committees. MUDEC & YADD intend to facilitate the creation of these platforms in all councils within the region. The debate on increasing
January 2012 Page 10 of 11 financing for gender equality in councils has intensified through the availability of gender financing information to several development actors (another PASC added value).
3.7. How do you evaluate co-operation with the services of the Contracting
Authority? PASC did not seem prepared to execute this project as there were several noticeable lapses from the signing ceremony in Mbalmayo in December 2013. There were several procedural challenges including arbitrary changes to project activities without consultation. The overwhelming use of only the French Language in all working documents for the smooth execution of the project was demoralizing despite the fact that the European Union is probably the most multi-lingual organization in the world. The PASC newsletter allocated little space for English articles which was worrisome and demotivational. There was limited information flow which also resulted in the non completion of the project in record time. Project completion took almost two (02) years from the submission of concept notes. The late introduction of proximity auditors tremendously improved on financial reporting. Further reflections on pertinent issues are necessary when selecting Contracting Authorities including bilingualism (Cameroon is a bilingual country), communication skills and regular consultations between all stakeholders in project execution.
4. Visibility___________________
How is the visibility of the EU contribution being ensured in the Action? ❖ All project correspondences including press releases carry EU/PASC Logos. ❖ All newspaper stories clearly identify EU/PASC as the Contracting Authority. ❖ All radio announcements and news items including television coverage make mention of EU/PASC as the funding partner. ❖ MUDEC website is currently carrying stories on the contribution of EU/PASC on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB). ❖ PASC Quarterly Bulletins have carried stories of collaboration with MUDEC Group. ❖ The target population is highly conscious of EU/PASC contribution in the effort to engender the budgets of local councils in the South West Region. ❖ Banners used during Gender Public Squares (GPS). ❖ Signboard in Bangem.
Name of the contact person for the Action: Charlie Mbonteh
Signature: 
Date Report Due: 15/Jun/2ol5

team leader
Location: Buea, South West Region, Cameroon.
Date report sent: 30th May 2015
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