Social Inclusion, a process of ensuring equal opportunities for all persons so they can achieve their full potential in life, is the main focus of the Democracy and Empowerment (DEW) project. Within this phase of the project we cover 15 councils (Bamenda II, Bali, Bafut, Ndop, Babessi, Kumbo, Oku, Nkambe, Ako, Belo, Fundong, Batibo, Njikwa, Wum and Benakuma) out of 34 in the North West Region.
Several advocacy discussions with Council officials (Municipal and Traditional) and other stakeholders were organised in these Municipalities. Councils were encouraged to increase the percentage of their annual budgets for the underprivileged (youths, OVCs, PLWHA, widow(er)s, elderly by at least 40%.From these meetings it was realised that:
- Babessi Municipality with 25 Councillors in its draft budget for 2016 has allocated 6,000,000 frs CFA for needy persons and has gone as far as identifying them in the 4 Fondoms.
- Batibo Council too has set up a strategy to identify needy persons and has promised to assist at least 100 in 2016.
- Njikwa acknowledged the fact that besides the holiday jobs offered to 25 youths in the Municipaity, they have not been very committed in addressing the needs of vulnerable persons. As such the 1st Deputy Mayor in his concluding speech said they would take the concept as a challenge and even though they have adopted their 2016 budget they are very flexible and ready to assist some vulnerable persons.