As the most diversified economy in Central Africa, Cameroon has experienced steady growth over the past ten years that has not been enough to reduce poverty (39% of the population lives below the poverty line). Poverty is increasingly concentrated among young people in the northern regions of the country, home to 56% of the poor population.
RESILAC works in the Far North Region, the most populated and poorest region of the country, and more precisely in four communes (Dargala, Koza, Mindif and Mora). While Cameroon has been a stable country for several decades, in recent years the Far North has been confronted with attacks by armed groups that amplify pre-existing problems of chronic malnutrition and food insecurity and lead to increasing population movements. Since September 2017, this situation has resulted in more than 500,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and an inflation rate of 30 to 60% on certain foodstuffs.
Data collected by RESILAC indicates that there are a large number of individuals in psychological distress, particularly women, a phenomenon strongly linked to socio-economic conditions. There are no centers dedicated to psychosocial support in the four intervention communes.
Sources: World Bank, WFP, AFD, Initial Baseline (Groupe URD-RESILAC)
The implementing partners in the country: ACF, CARE, CDD (via CCFD-TS) as well as 3 CSOs (AJED-MR, ALDEPA and ACADIR) who benefit from the support of the project and implement the activities in the field.
Institutional linkage of the project: The project is governed in Cameroon by operational and national steering committees, the latter of which are co-chaired by the Ministry of Planning and Land Management (MINEPAT) and the Ministry of Decentralization and Local Development (MINEDEVEL).