Community Action for Development (CAD) is a conservation & development organization headquartered in Bangem recognized under the law governing non-profit making associations in Cameroon. It was legally approved in 2003 by the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization via Prefectural Order No. 480/A/G.42/162/PS as an apolitical and non-profit making civil society organization.
We exist to promote sustainable community development initiatives through biodiversity conservation, livelihood support, water and sanitation and building strategic partnerships. We work with local and indigenous communities in the South-west Region of Cameroon, particularly in the Bakossi landscape and the Southern Bakundu Forest Reserve Areas.
WHERE WE WORK
CAD works in the South-west Region of Cameroon, particularly in the Bakossi landscape and the Southern Bakundu Forest Reserve Areas in Kupe Muanenguba and parts of Fako and Meme Divisions. We work directly with women, men, unemployed youths, school children, peasant farmers, and hunters, retired and retrenched workers, Common Initiative Groups (CIGs) and cooperatives.
OUR THERMATIC AREAS
1) Institutional Governance
To promote an inclusive community development we integrate the fundamental principles of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in our actions. This is very important for an equitable and sustainable local development. We implement innovative strategies that will promote good governance, accountability and transparency for institutions and the local communities. This is mainly done through right-based approaches, gender voicing and social mobilisation with the support of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) Cameroon. CAD is working very closely with local and international institutions to promote these ideals across conservation and development efforts.
2) Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH)
Our WASH program aims at improving community access to potable water and sanitation facilities as well as promoting sanitation education as our contribution to national urgencies to reduce the prevalence of water-related diseases such as Malaria, Cholera and Typhoid to ensure a healthy life. We achieve this through support and prevention activities such as provision of potable water, sanitation facilities, Hygiene & sanitation education, water catchment protection, capacity building of community health agents and education for behaviour change.
3) Biodiversity Conservation & Livelihoods
One of our key strategies is the enhancement of local community involvement and participation in sustainable management of natural resources in and around protected areas and reinforce grassroots environmental protection efforts. We do this through conservation education, policy dissemination, anti-poaching campaigns and the provision of viable alternatives to hunting and trading in bush meat to local communities.
We integrate nature protection & sustainable development strategies that encompass food security, livelihood improvement and sustainable natural resource management. We work in close collaboration with local state services, NGOs, conservation cooperatives & Common Initiative Groups (CIGs) to increase public awareness on environmental issues, train community members on sustainable agricultural practices and support local people engage in alternative livelihood options such as pig farming, poultry farming, snail farming, organic food production via agroforestry, composting and other adaptive systems in the face of climate change.
Our governance structure
CAD constitutes of the General Assembly (GA) that is the main decision-making body, the Board of Directors that makes policies and directs the affairs of CAD and the Coordination or Executive Directorate charged with the implementation of the decisions of both the Board and General Assembly.
We employ a right-based approach in our development and conservation work with local communities and other stakeholders. In addition, we emphasise on learning-by-doing, and make use of other participatory methods such as: training, campaigns, extension, workshops, field visits, village meetings, exchange visits, projects and strategic planning.
Membership to Networks and Coalitions
CAD belongs to the following networks and coalitions through which capacities of member organizations are built and experiences and best practices shared:
- The South West Civil Society Organization Network (SWECSON),
- The UNDP’s Global Environment Facility Grantee Network, and
- The IUCN-PPI Grantee Network
- The Civil Society Coalition for Natural Resources management, Cameroon
- The Civil Society Coalition on Business and Industries