The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the Government of Japan, is awarding grants worth 300.000 USD to 18 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to strengthen their projects for early recovery in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.
These projects will also support economic recovery and promote social cohesion in crisis affected communities. To this effect, a ceremony for the signature of the grant agreements between UNDP and the CSOs will take place on 31 July 2019 at Hotel La Falaise in Bonanjo, Douala as from 9am.
The ceremony will be led by the Resident Representative of UNDP Cameroon, Mr. Jean-Luc Stalon and attended by H.E. Tsutomu Osawa, Ambassador of Japan to Cameroon.
The ceremony will be followed by a capacity building workshop for the grants awarded CSOs. An Early Recovery Mechanism-Small Grants Facility has been established by UNDP, with initial funding 300,000 USD (a part of the funding for the Facility coming from Japan), to provide grants to local CSOs.
With the technical support of the Cameroon Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Program, a call for proposals was launched in May 2019, and over 60 project proposals were received. Projects contributing to a better environment and adopting a genderbased approach were prioritized in the selection of projects.
18 projects were finally selected and approved by an inclusive steering committee meeting in June 2019. 13 projects will be implemented in the Northwest region while four projects will be implemented in the Southwest region. Several projects will addresslivelihood issues but also community dialogue and economic recovery.
One project for social cohesion through sports will be implemented in both regions. UNDPs support to early recovery and social cohesion in the Northwest and Southwest regions is a contribution to the wider effort of the Government of Cameroon and UN agencies in Cameroon to promote social cohesion, reduce vulnerability and assist in efforts for recovery in the two regions.