Cameroon

Cameroon is one of our pilot countries in West Africa. The project activities are coordinated by CBM.

In Cameroon we will focus on high level advocacy for disability mainstreaming in humanitarian action as well as technical support and capacity building for mainstream humanitarian actors and Organisations of Persons with Disabilities.

Current activity: Mapping of humanitarian capacities of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) and Disability-focused NGOs in Cameroon 

Background

Cameroon has a total population of about 27,6 Mio people, with at least 2,9 Mio people in need of humanitarian assistance. The support structures for groups of vulnerable people are often disrupted during different crisis and access to basic infrastructure and income opportunities remains difficult for those displaced.

Three protracted, humanitarian crises impact nine out of ten regions of Cameroon: ongoing conflict and violence in the Lake Chad basin and in the North-West and South-West regions, as well as the presence of over 325,000 refugees from the Central African Republic in the eastern regions (East, Adamawa, and North). Natural disasters, conflict, and violence lead to forced displacement, human rights violations, family separations, stigmatisation, and exploitation of those displaced. 

CBM has implemented projects in Cameroon since 1972 by working with local partner organisations. Humanitarian programming as well as disaster risk reduction activities have become a major component over the past years.

Disability-Inclusion in Humanitarian Response 

A CBM analysis from 2020/21 concludes that in the interventions of various humanitarian organisations only 1.5% of the target group are people with disabilities, which suggests that the needs of people with disabilities have not yet been adequately considered. Initiated by Advocacy work form CBM and partners, there has been some improvement in the Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) 2020, 2021 and 2022, which address the needs of persons with disabilities more adequately. HRP 2021 also highlights for the first time the need for disability mainstreaming in various sectors. 

The CBM humanitarian country team Cameroon took part also in the development of the HRP 2023 and was able to advocate successfully for disability-specific indicators.

Updates from all Pilot Countries

South Sudan Launched the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

By Heidi Villikka|17. August 2023

On 15th August 2023, South Sudan proudly launched the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with the theme: Disability Rights are Human Rights, Leave No One Behind. This remarkable achievement was the result of numerous advocacy events, including round table discussions with key government stakeholders, civil society organizations, UN agencies, national […]

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Workshop on Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Programing

By Heidi Villikka|9. August 2023

On 20th to 22nd June and 17th to 19th July 2023, HI’s Somalia & Somaliland team conducted their 3rd and 4th Review, Adapt, Action and Learning Laboratory workshop (RAAL Lab) in Mogadishu and Hargeisa respectively for the protection partners. The training participants were selected from international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies […]

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Training for Country Directors and Programme Managers on Inclusive Humanitarian Action in Cameroon

By Heidi Villikka|6. June 2023

High level training on mainstreaming disability in humanitarian action by operationalizing the IASC guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with disabilities conducted under the “Phase 3 – Leave No One Behind!” -project in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 29th to 31st May 2023. Our project partner CBM organized a 3-day training on inclusive humanitarian action to strengthen […]

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