Rural development and community self-help – internship 2013 in Cameroon

This article was translated from French and was published at and (cet article en francais)



Alternatives for Sustainable Development (Alternatives Durables pour le Développement – ADD) is a social organization for non-profit work for local development in Central, South and East Cameroon.Its action is mainly the improvement of the standard of living and people living in rural and urban areas, with particular emphasis on the participation of women and youth in the development process of their communities. To operationalize this mission, ADD is active on three areas: sustainable management of natural resources, community health, local governance and decentralization.

In 2010, ADD has developed a Strategic Plan towards 2017. Its mandate is to improve both the civic involvement of community stakeholders in the processes of local governance and community access including poor and marginalized to basic social services, to support local producers and creative wealth of employment, in order to fight against poverty and contribute to sustainable human development.

To achieve these goals, ADD retained as the main strategy and the conduct of action research to better understand different context of the work area. These studies establish a baseline shared by all stakeholders and from which changes can be achieved. They must lead to projects in which the staff of the association must develop its know-how, and cause changes that may be directly or indirectly attributable to the action of ADD. It will make a detailed plan of the targeted villages with municipal authorities Nkolmetet.


Two main objectives of this study are assigned as follows:

  1. Make an inventory of local development in the target villages. Drive diagnostics in the target villages to establish a baseline of their current state of development (acquired, constraints, opportunities, threats)
  2. Obtain quantitative and qualitative data in the following areas: administrative data and sociological environment, description of the physical and geographical environment, use of space, the economic sector, infrastructure and identify the potential social, economic, environmental, cultural …
  3. Conduct a prospective analysis of data collected in the target villages to rob, to summarize, enrich and present them to stakeholders for validation highlight information to identify community needs, priorities and development axes capacity; collect data ensuring efficient planning of the development of villages.
  4. Provide a framework (training report, project) effective information and support for local initiatives identified as having value.
    • Prepare the internship report: the internship report will be developed gradually as and a copy of the final version will be left to ADD.
    • Develop a framework of joint project to different villages present the context of the project, describe the relevant issues that arise in the area of ​​intervention of the project justify the project (problem tree, tree solutions), develop a logical framework of the project, describe the risks of implementation of the project, describe the viability political, social, economic, environmental project, budgeting activities, interact for research support.

In addition, the study responds to the need to develop local human resources, optimize the management of local resources, improve relationships with stakeholders and to better manage local heritage. In addition, students must comply with the recommendations of the following major trends:

  • guiding the process of development towards poverty reduction and wealth creation;
  • taking into account the strategic interests of different social groups (women, youth, farmers, entrepreneurs, technical services, municipality);
  • participation of communities and other stakeholders involved in the installed or common (private, state or civil society) considered as a resource that can contribute to the analysis of situations, making proposals and taking responsibility.


The proposed methodology to collect data relevant to the development of the monograph is based on three axes:

  1. The administration of questionnaires administered questionnaires are mainly for village communities. They aim to get data from the lifestyle villagers, the village economy, access to infrastructure, etc.. Thus, the questions should be based on different areas such as: agriculture, farming, harvesting, health, education, trade, infrastructure, environment, etc..
  2. The collection of secondary data: secondary data collection will be done through the documentation provided by the City of Nkolmetet, or based NGOs working in the area, the decentralized services of the State, heads of villages, local associations etc..
  3. The meeting with the leaders of organizations involved in local development: the interviews can take place at several levels. In fact, students can talk with the leaders of deconcentrated state present in the locality. The objective was to obtain information on the operation, the role and interactions of services.


To achieve the objectives, students:

  • will be presented to the authorities, political, religious, administrative authorities;
  • make a contact and work with many village communities of the Municipality of Nkol Metet with the various public and private services involved in the study areas targeted by the course;
  • will schedule their raids and collect field data during surveys and interviews;
  • make information retrieval with ADD and other structures or centers;
  • analyze the context of the study area (social, economic, political, cultural, administrative, physical, …);
  • conduct a debriefing meeting on the results of the study;
  • will undertake voyages of discovery in Cameroon.


Students selected for this study have an obligation to:

  • Produce an internship available at ADD. This should be accompanied by a monograph of the villages studied and relevant recommendations for sustainable endogenous development of target communities;
  • Produce a project folder available to ADD.


The internship will take place in the town of Nkolmetet, Nyong and So’o, central region of Cameroon.Villages will be selected in consultation with the municipal authorities. Interns will eventually move to other cities to meet others who can help their integration and implementation of these tasks.


  • Community members (association leaders, religious leaders, traditional leaders, opinion leaders, men, women, youth, rural entrepreneurs, etc.).
  • Economic actors
  • Local representatives of the decentralized services of the state (DA + DD / PROFF, AADER, EPIA, ACOP, FASTING AS, District Health Services, Health Centres, Sub prefecture, …)
  • The mayor of Nkolmetet,
  • Civil society (NGOs, consultancy, training center)
  • Research institutes (IFORD, ICRAF, IRAD, PEAKS)
  • Personnel and documentation within ADD,


Monitoring of the course will be conducted by an employee designated by the Secretary General of ADD. It is to assist students based on their needs. The evaluation will take place during the last week of the course. Students organize a debriefing session results. They deliver their thoughts on the overall conduct of the course and will if necessary, suggestions of their choice on the experience.

PERIOD From March to September 2013 (negotiable)


Stanislas BINELI (Secretary General)
Alternatives for Sustainable Development (ADD)
BP-281 Mbalmayo Cameroon
Tel: (00237) 77 53 10 11
Tel / Fax: (00237) 22 28 15 44
Email :
Skype: stanislasbineli45

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