SIRDEP Prepares Council Development Plans

SIRDEP has from 2010 to 2011 facilitated the process of developing development plans for three councils in collaboration with the National Community Driven Development Program (PNDP) of the Cameroon government. The councils are Tiko and Mamfe in the South West Region and Zhoa in the North West Region. Using a very practical participatory approach, SIRDEP’s dynamic and multidisciplinary team of facilitators visited all identified stakeholders and had their views on what could appear in each of the plans.

All the villages that make up each of these councils were visited and meetings held with them to have them identify their needs which were included in the final document. To say the least, each of the villages concerned has veritable and realistic projects in the final documents, that are in line with Cameroon government’s vision of becoming emerging by the year 2035. The main areas of project needs are roads and social services infrastructures such as schools, hospitals and markets.

These finalized documents are the main lobbying tool for present and future mayors of these councils. The plans will go a long way to ease the process of fund raising since there are already projects – projects coming from the direct beneficiaries – not the case in the past where funders had to brainstorm, decide projects and impose same on beneficiaries.

Each of the councils in separate validation sessions – and in the presence of their supervisory authority – thanked and congratulated SIRDEP for the work that was done and delivered within the required deadline. It is worth noting that SIRDEP is presently in the process of developing the development plan of Elak Oku council in the North West Region.

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About SIRDEP
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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