Eligibility to PRA window Cameroon fine-tunes its strategy

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Le Ministre de l’Economie, de la Planification et de l’Aménagement du Territoire, Alamine Ousmane Mey, a procédé ce mardi 23 février 2021, au lancement de l’atelier national des consultations régionales en vue de l’élaboration de la Stratégie du Gouvernement en vue de l’éligibilité du Cameroun au guichet « Prevention and Resilience Allocation (PRA) ». C’était en présence de quelques membres du Gouvernement et de la Directrice adjointe des Opérations de la Banque mondiale au Cameroun, Keiko KUBOTA.

Despite the multifaceted challenges it is faced with (socio-political crisis in the North-West and South-West Regions, Boko Haram in the Far North Region and the influx of refugees in the East Region…), Cameroon is an ideal candidate to benefit from the World Bank’s PRA window, endowed with the sum of 669 million US Dollars. To achieve this objective, the country has to devise a strong and inclusive strategy which takes into consideration sector-based and regional view points as well as all challenges, adequate and targeted solutions. This was the purpose of the consultations launched on 23 February 2021, and which were pursued in the chief-towns of Cameroon’s ten regions for two weeks, thanks to the expertise of the Agora consulting firm, a World Bank consultant.

While opening deliberations, MINEPAT pointed out that actions to combat violence and conflict situations are in line with the objectives of the 2020-2030 National Development Strategy, notably pillar 4 which focuses on good governance, decentralization and State strategic management. Moreover, the objective of structural transformation of Cameroon’s economy into an inclusive development, backbone of Vision 2035, is the cornerstone of Government action geared towards sustainably preventing violence, conflicts and vulnerabilities.

Over the past few years, inequalities have considerably increased across the world due to factors such as conflicts, violence of all kinds, climate change, etc. The negative effects are especially more pregnant at the level of low and mid-income countries. To resolve this issue and especially intensify support to countries with factors of vulnerability, conflict and/or violence, the World Bank drafted an FCV (Facility, Conflict and Violence) strategy for 2020-2025, in order to strengthen the prevention and resilience system of the countries concerned.

As such, within the framework of the IDA19 funding cycle, the World Bank set aside a specific window dedicated to this issue. It is a window referred to as the Prevention and Resilience Allocation (PRA). PRA is intended to meet the needs of countries where there is a risk of escalation in vulnerability or towards high-intensity conflict or better still cases of violence as it is the case in Cameroon.