Brot für die Welt

Some of the projects funded by BROT FÜR DIE WELT include:

Democracy and Empowerment of Women (DEW) – Social Inclusion and Peace Work

Objective 1: The notion of social inclusion is promoted at Local council level for the interest of the underprivileged.

The project target, and through a process of seeking engagement, 15 Municipal Councils committed to promote issues for the underprivileged and signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with COMINSUD indicating areas of intervention with project stakeholders. Most Councils increased  their  budget allocations for addressing social issues,  on  area grants to schools, Social Centres, assistance to population following natural disasters, social institutions, donation, gift, relief and other needs as arised. In some seven councils that provided details on the distribution, 509 women benefited from livelihood support, 1,210 orphans and youths benefited from educational support, 623 persons living with a disability (PLWD) benefitted from varied forms of assistance as well as 75 victims of various disasters. A joined annual stakeholders meeting brought together 498 persons (302 men, 196 women) distributed thus; 166 municipal council officials, 127 traditional council officials, 68 members of LGCs and 137 from the administration, and religious/socio-cultural groups. They were engaged in the elaboration of the Social Inclusion Policies (SIPs) that has been validated and officially signed by 14 Mayors and 25 Chiefs/ Traditional Authorities.  

Objective 2: Community members are more engaged in promoting human rights, civic and democratic processes at the local level. – A joined annual stakeholders’ meetings brought together 424 persons (101 municipal council officials, 83 traditional council officials, 60 members of LGCs, 71 service heads of decentralized government institutions, 12 officials from police/gendarmerie, 10 divisional officers, 10 representatives from the judiciary, 77 other representatives of the administration, religious/socio-cultural groups). In 15 reflection forums, they discussed on how to address low use of public services and the high rate of human rights violations.  
– To promote leadership for civic engagement, social action and democratic change, 167 members of LGC (52 men, 115 women, among them 45 youths) were trained, supported and followed up in councils. They carry out social action and promote civic engagement for the interest of the public and with the participation of community members reaching out to 2.579 persons directly and 7.760 persons indirectly. 

Some of the initiatives included:
Opening drainages, repairs of stand taps, cleaning surroundings of water points, cleaning water sources, catchments and their surrounding waterways and planting of water friendly trees around catchments filling of potholes and clearing grass/bushes along the road.

Sorting of waste at 3 dump sites Tree planting (300 assorted trees) as a means to protect the environment and curb the negative effects of climate change. Awareness raising on the ills of teenage pregnancy, illegal abortions and child abuse especially during the ongoing Anglophone crises. Awareness raising eliminating farmer-grazer conflicts. Identification and counselling of couples towards legalising of 33 marriages.

Project title: Citizen report card mechanism: Assessment of services offered by the council in the domain of water, health, education and council main services.

Goal: To promote good governance at the local level, and increase the efficiency of public action, make the voices of the vulnerable and marginalised population heard.
-To appreciate the population’s perception on public services in the targeted sectors namely potable water, health, education and council services.
-To build the capacities of councils, enabling them to capitalise on the lessons learnt and effect changes, following the results of the operation.
-To empower councils and local development actors with the capacity to replicate this operation after a successive period.

Activities Carried out
–        Organized 7 launch workshops with over 126 participants made up of Divisional Officers, Mayors, Divisional Delegates of MINEPAT, MINSANTE, MINEDUB, MINEE, PNDP, Traditional Councillors, Village Development Associations and some council staff, council supervisor and COMINSUD.
–        identified and trained 104 enumerators (15 per council) through a call for applications by the councils.  The training was done in 2 clusters, carried out in Ndop (for Balikumbat, Ndop, Oku and Jakiri councils) and Ndu (for Kumbo, Ndu and Nkambe councils). PNDP and the National institute of Statistics (NIS) provided some key resources persons for the training. 
–        2025 questionnaires (320 per council area) were administered and 2240 were retrieved within 2 weeks period. In each Council, 10 enumerators were engaged and followed up by a supervisoror.
–        Questionnaires were screened, the data keyed by the supervisoror and analysed by the NIS
–        The analyzed data was used to write the detail reports that were presented, discussed and validated by stakeholders from the different Councils and Government Services.