Village Diagnoses begins in August

Under Cameroon’s National Project for Participatory Development (PNDP)*, SIRDEP has been selected to facilitate the development of a Council Development Plan (CDP) for the Zhoa Council (North West Region). 

The first phase of developing the CDP requires SIRDEP to conduct a village diagnosis for each of the 37 villages under the Council’s jurisdiction.  The village diagnosis consists of a variety of tools to gather input from village stakeholders:

  • Village mapping
  • Semi-structured interviews
  • Priority setting
  • Venn diagram development
  • Story board development
  • Formalizing village history
  • Transect walk

The diagnosis concludes with developing a consensus-based problem tree for each of the 28 ministerial sectors (8 of which are priorities).  The problem tree identifies core problems, associated causes, potential solutions, and necessary resources.  The village diagnosis is paired with an urban space analysis, which maps each village using Geographic Information System (GIS) data. 

Subsequent phases of the CDP focus on programmatic and implementation matters (i.e., monitoring & evaluation, sourcing for funding, etc.).  SIRDEP will continue in leading these exercises. 

SIRDEP will be in the field conducting this analysis for the entire month of August.  We are looking forward to our busy schedule and assisting the Zhoa Council and its residents in planning for their future. 

Please contact us with any questions regarding SIRDEP’s work with the Zhoa Council at

 *More on the PNDP program can be found here.


The Society for Initiatives in Rural Development and Environmental Protection (SIRDEP) is non-governmental, not-for-profit making organization in Cameroon head quartered in Bamenda. SIRDEP has a multi-disciplinary team of experienced agronomists, agro-economists, livestock technicians, rural engineers, and natural resource management experts who work together to foster positive, sustainable development. SIRDEP was founded in 1992 and is one of the oldest indigenous NGOs in the North West Region of Cameroon.

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