Governance Quality and the Crisis in Cameroon

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Public Dialogue on:

 Governance Quality and the Crisis in Cameroon (WEB SEMINAR)

Date: July 17, 2020 / Time: 3pm (Cameroon time)/ Duration: 90 minutes

Organizer: Nkafu Policy Institute, Think tank of the Denis and Lenora Foretia foundation

Background    

Cameroon is often described as a microcosm of Africa not just because of its physical and ecological diversity, but also due to its dual colonial inheritance of British and French sub-systems since independence and reunification. Though characterized by cultural diversities, the severing of the country between Anglophones and Francophones is the most visible diversity that have over the years attracted various attentions. The country is divided into ten administrative regions. Since independence, many pundits quickly criticize the quality of governance by the dominantly centralized governments as responsible for security and other development challenges. Ironically, the country is endowed with rich natural resources, including oil and gas, minerals, timber, and agricultural products. Despite this rich natural endowment, it would seem that the existing governance dispensation in the country since its independence from colonial rule has generated divisions, injustice, prejudice, growing inequalities among the citizenry on the basis of ethnicity, language and other class principles. Some ethnic groups seem to have been favoured over others in terms of appointments and resource allocation. The theory of regional balance in resource allocation and distribution of state resources as preached by the government is selective and discriminatory, this is possible because centralization gave the government of Cameroon tremendous authority over most aspects of politics and economic control. Therefore, that linguistic and cultural heritage that once contributed to making Cameroon a peaceful, prosperous and stable country, are today the root causes of the crisis that escalated from the 2016 lawyers’ and teachers strike in the Anglophone Regions of the country. To many non-partisan actors, the crisis which has been on for four years today is symptomatic of poor governance that have not been able to usher in socio-economic developments to make the population lead better lives. The consequences of these conflicts are so devastating that it appears there is urgency to debate and propose solid measures that will promote good governance and development. It is in this light that the Nkafu Policy Institute through its Governance and Democracy programme is creating avenues to encourage greater participation of the citizens in giving their views, on how good governance can be achieved in Cameroon in particular and Africa at large.

Objective of the event

The objective of this event is to engage scholars, youth leaders and the public in the search for sustainable solutions to existing governance lapses in Cameroon. The Anglophone crisis which is now in the 4th year and continues to make national and international headlines in the wake of government’s efforts demands continuous engagements from other sectors of the Cameroonian society such as think tanks to contribute to good governance which essential in resolving the crisis. The COVID 19 has also added a new dimension to the crisis.

This event which hopes to provide Scholars, Youth Leaders and Citizens a platform to amplify their voices would significantly contribute to good governance in Cameroon especially through the promotion of a democracy that works “. this is in line with the mission of the NKAFU Policy Institute, a think tank (research center) of the Denis and Lenora FORETIA Foundation, is to carry out independent research and provide in-depth and insightful evidence based recommendations that advance the development of Cameroon and other sub-Saharan African countries.

Who should participate?

This event aims to bring together participants from the public, private and civil society sectors, including youth leaders, journalists, researchers, displaced persons, traditional authorities, and scholars who have the potential to propose strategies and to deepen Good Governance in Cameroon.

Participation fees?

No participation fees fee is required. However, all participants are required to register online free of charge on our website by clicking the registration button below.

Thematic focus areas of the Public Dialogue

During the event, there will be presentations on major facts about the history of Cameroon and the various possible strategies to attain good governance and democracy in the country.  The event will consist of a 90 minutes’ open discussion.

The discussions will be organized around the following key thematic focus areas in Good Governance and democracy in Cameroon.

  • Overview of the Governance in Cameroon
  • The link between governance practices and conflicts in Cameroon.
  • Accountability as the fundamental requirement of Good Governance
  • A path to good governance in Cameroon and the restoration of lasting peace and security.
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