Evaluation of Public Policy in Cameroon

“What is the role of the population and CSOs in the evaluation of Public Policy in Cameroon and at what point do they come in?”

It was in a bid in seeking strategies in enhancing civil and political rights that Ambe Michel Bruno C. (COMINSUD) attended a capacity building seminar for Civil Society Organisations and Political Parties on the theme “Follow up and Evaluation of Public Policy within the framework of the Implementation of Civil and Political Rights in Cameroon”.

Joining other 35 participants across the Nation, this seminar organised by the Human Rights Commission of the Cameroon Bar, held in Kribi on November 17th and 18th 2016, was focused on strengthening the state of law in Cameroon supported by an active civil society involvement in monitoring and evaluating public policies in Cameroon especially related to the respect of civil and political rights.

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Drilled on the steps and tools in monitoring and valorisation of results of evaluation exercises to stimulate change and action from government for the respect of human rights, COMINSUD as a rights promotion organisation and as the North West Regional Coordinator of RECODH was given the opportunity to share her experience in rights promotion and protection alongside her efforts in strengthening the respect of the rights of freedom of assembly and public demonstration in the North West Region.

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Ambe M. Bruno C. sharing COMINSUDs experiences in Public Policy Evaluation and civil rights protection

Key among the recommendations of the seminar were:

  1. Strengthening of the role of non state actors in the process of conception, implementation, and evaluation of public policies in Cameroon in a general manner and specifically in the domain of civil and political rights.
  2. Strengthening of the powers and prerogatives of parliamentarians in the process of evaluation of public policies in Cameroon.
  3. The amelioration of the legal framework guiding freedom of public assembly and public demonstration in Cameroon to avoid potential public disorder.

written by Ambe Michel Bruno C.

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Capacity Development for the implementation of Human Rights

COMINSUD’s Ambe Michel Bruno C. attended a capacity building workshop in the Human Rights and Governance sectors on Planning, Monitoring and Denunciation within the framework of COMINSUD’s position as the North West Regional Coordinator of RECODH.

This workshop, which took place from 19th to 22nd January 2016 in Mbalmayo, was the first national concertation activity geared towards ushering in a new partnership between RECODH and AGEH within the framework of the 3 year project titled: “Capacity Development with RECODH and its Member Organisations for better Accompanying the Populations in enjoying their Rights”. This project is part and parcel of the Civil Peace Service by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

COMINSUD joined 15 other participants (Regional Coordinators and the National Coordination) for the training that enabled the network and their organizations to better participate in the development of the 2016 Action Plan of RECODH at the National, Regional and Divisional levels. Participants were drilled and introduced to the planning tool “ROMA” (Result Oriented Management).

Group Work Exercise on Development of 2016 Action  Plans

Group Work Exercise on Development of 2016 Action Plans

This workshop and AGEH’s support will enable COMINSUD as the Regional Coordinator to effectively link and collaborate with other Civil Society Organizations involved in the protection and defense of human rights in the North West Region (NWR). Through this partnership, RECODH and COMINSUD will be accompanied to engage more effectively in constructive dialogues and influencing decision-making and practices related to human rights issues, and to engage with policy makers at the local level to improve the general environment for the local population in enjoying their rights.

Speaking shortly after the workshop, the Regional Coordinator for the Far North Region, Markeziah Ezechial, said that the training workshop was an important milestone in his work in Human Rights protection and defense and thanked AGEH for the opportunity.

On his part, the representative of COMINSUD said,

“The workshop has helped me; to get a better understanding of the tools and approaches used for monitoring of the implementation of fundamental human rights instruments at the local level; and to get the techniques used for systematic planning and evaluation. Now I am ready to infuse these newly acquired skills into our human rights work at COMINSUD”.

From February 1st, 2016, COMINSUD will join other regional focal points in putting in place the Divisional Focal Points of RECODH, paving way for what is considered will be a progressive and enriching step for the implantation of the network in the 34 councils in NWR.

Ambe Bruno (COMINSUD) presenting rights issues for the  North West

Ambe Bruno (COMINSUD) presenting rights issues for the North West

… Human rights and fundamental freedoms are respected …

This is part of the dream participants of the “Workshop for the elaboration of the 2016-2018 strategic plan of RECODH” shared at the end.

55 representatives of civil society organizations active in human rights promotion and defence from the 10 regions of Cameroon discussed during the workshop hot human rights issues and ways to approach them.

Fon Nsoh (COMINSUD) dicussing in the working group "Land Rights"

Fon Nsoh (COMINSUD) dicussing in the working group “Land Rights”

working group "Right to education"

working group “Right to education”

The participants identified the strategic objectives and developed corresponding activities of these priority themes:

  • Women’s Rights
  • Land Rights
  • Right to Food
  • Right to Education
  • Access to Justice
  • Right to liberties and freedom of Individuals

The Workshop ended with the vision all the organization developed together:

By 2020, Cameroon becomes a state where human rights and fundamental freedoms are effectively respected, without any discrimination, through the performance and credibility of the members and leaders of RECODH, engaged and deployed throughout the national territory.

CNHRO / RECODH is the “Cameroon Network of Human Rights Organizations” or “Reseau Camerounais des Organisations des Droits de L’homme” respectively (www.recodh.org)

Land grabbing, violence and arbitrariness – what can we do?

In 2010 the “Cameroon Network of Human Rights Organizations” (CNHRO/RECODH) was founded. COMINSUD is the North West Regional Coordinator of the network. We invited partner organizations from the NWR to identify challenging Human Rights issues in our region eg:

  • Abusive arrest and detention sometimes associated with corruption practices;
  • Land grabbing and land governance challenges;
  • Exploitation by tax officials via arbitrary assessment of business taxes;
  • Gender based violence

The issues will be presented in the strategic planning workshop of CNHRO/RECODH and shall be included in the next strategic plan (2016 – 2018).

Ambe Bruno from COMINSUD facilitated the meeting

Ambe Bruno from COMINSUD facilitated the meeting