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Social Protection in Cameroon’s Education and Health Sectors

By |2018-10-16T13:06:33+00:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: , , |

By Egoh Aziz Modi, Development Policy Analyst Social protection and welfare systems in most sub Saharan African countries are below international standards. According to the International Federation of Social Workers,[1]“social protection is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work and/or protection.  Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social protection engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.” The above [...]

Poll shows Cabral Libii, Joshua Osih and Maurice Kamto as Top Opposition Contenders

By |2018-09-29T20:41:56+00:00September 29th, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: , |

Today, we at the Nkafu Policy Institute, are pleased to release a scientific, nationwide opinion pollof adult Cameroonians on the state of the economy, perceptions on governance and the democratic process, and voter preferences for the 9 presidential candidates. This survey, conducted with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy, interviewed 2,024 adult Cameroonians in all ten regions. Interviews were conducted in 54 urban centers and 25 rural localities from September 10 to September 20, 2018. All interviews were conducted before the official start of presidential campaigns. This representative sample has a margin of error [...]

Can Cameroon Become an Emerging Economy by 2035?

By |2018-07-02T18:24:48+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

By Dr. Fuein Vera Kum, Economic Policy Analyst Cameroon aspires to become an emerging economy by 2035. She  plans to achieve this through: implementing an ambitious industrialization strategy; supporting the private-sector promotion strategy; good governance (with blueprint on resource reallocation); sub-regional, regional and international integration; partnership and development assistance [1]. While Cameroon’s 2035 vision, is praiseworthy, many of the country’s citizens are unsure if this will be a reality in 2035. If the aphorism that “where there is peace , there is development” is anything to go by, then one can arguably say that the current political and security climate [...]

L’endettement Public Au Cameroun N’est Pas Efficace

By |2018-06-29T14:42:39+00:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Par Ulrich D'Pola Kamdem L’endettement public au Cameroun soulève beaucoup de questions et suscite un vrai débat. D’une part, dans un communiqué rendu public le 9 Juillet 2014, le Fonds Monétaire International (FMI) rappelait que « le fardeau de la dette du Cameroun reste faible mais se développe de nouveau à un rythme rapide ». De même, un rapport du FMI datant du 16 Juin 2017montre quele risque de surendettement extérieur du Cameroun reste très élevé. D’autre part, les autorités camerounaises assurent contrôler la situation à travers le suivi et le respect de certains indicateurs internationaux en matière de dette publique. Elles [...]

The African Continental Free Trade Area: Are we putting the Cart before the Horse?

By |2018-05-08T02:42:12+00:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

By Melaine Nsaikila Many in Africa have celebrated the recent signing of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) in Kigali on March 21, 2018 creating the African Continental Free Trade Zone. A pan-African initiative bringing into play the largest interstate market in the world. It is the biggest trade agreement since the World Trade Organization started operations after its signing on April 15, 1994 replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). AfCFTA is a great idea in its own right. However, a perennial question actually seeks answers to the extent to which the continent is prepared for [...]

Top 5 Trends in Digital Health in Africa

By |2018-05-08T02:17:16+00:00April 15th, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

By Odette Kibu* and Denis Foretia** Technology has affected a wide range of sectors in our society, including agriculture, economic, education and socio-political sectors, positively. Digital technologies have transformed the way people work, shop, and socialize. The advantages of digital technology are used by healthcare providers and they have begun deploying digital tools to better understand and serve their patients. Digital health is defined as the merging of digital and genomic technologies with health,healthcare, living, and society to enhance the efficiency of healthcare deliveryand make medicines more personalized and precise(1). The convergence of science and technology in [...]

Increasing Development Outcomes through Evidence-Based Policy Making

By |2018-03-03T04:41:33+00:00March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

Across the world, policy specialists have expressed serious concern on what has been referred to as the rising gap between official public policy and policy implementation. Particular to some nations, especially the nations of Sub-Saharan Africa, is the rising curiosity of researchers and experts concerning the policy making process; given that this part of the world remains the least developed. This is the case, in spite of the numerous development interventions from donor countries and development institutions, in a multitude of sectors. Recent research on development has many social scientists and even policy makers attributing this lag in development and [...]

Its Time to Rebase Cameroon’s GDP

By |2018-03-03T04:59:19+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Publications|Tags: , , |

By Lontum Edwin Nchadze Initiated by Ghana in 2011, large-scale upward revisions of GDP estimates have been announced by several African countries in recent years. These announcements preceded an exercise carried out in each country; the revision of methods and base data used to calculate the Gross Domestic Product(GDP), known as rebasing GDP. In 2014 alone, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia all completed rebasing exercises, which led to significant revaluations of their GDPs: Nigeria’s GDP nearly doubled, Tanzania’s grew by 33%, Kenya’s and Zambia’s increased by 25%, and Uganda’s rose by 13%. What is GDP Rebasing? Typically, GDP figures [...]

Political Echoes from Uganda

By |2018-01-06T00:48:09+00:00December 16th, 2017|Categories: Publications|Tags: |

A legend is told of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (c. 519–430 BC), an aged Roman farmer who stood up to be counted during his country’s dire time of need. On prompting by his embattled compatriots, Cincinnatus abandoned his plow to assume despotic authority over the state. After sixteen days of absolute power, he had vanquished the enemy and saved Rome. He then laid down his sword, relinquished his power and returned to his plow. Cincinnatus is often quoted as the epitome of civic virtue, modesty and service for the greater good; a transformer who thought not of himself, but a higher cause. [...]