C’était le 30 juin 2021 à Yaoundé, sous la coordination de Charles Assamba Ongodo, Directeur général de la Coopération et de l’Intégration Régionale au Minepat et Président dudit Comité.
During this 3rd session of the National Steering Committee of the Lake Chad Inclusive Economic and Social Recovery Programme (RESILAC), participants exchanged on the evolution of the implementation of activities, achievements and especially the exit strategies of the project, which ends this year 2021. Since 2018, when the project started, several achievements have been made in the four target localities (Mindif, Dargala, Koza and Mora) of the Far North region, which are beneficiaries of the project. Actions were carried out in the domains of social cohesion, economic recovery, institutional support and knowledge production. More concretely, 08 worksites were carried out in the form of labour-intensive activities, mobilising 1046 young people. Among these young people, more than half have become self-employed through the creation of income-generating activities in the fields of agriculture, animal husbandry, small-scale trade, sewing, etc.
In addition, 171 village savings and loan associations have been created with more than 4,000 members and a financial mobilisation capacity of nearly 45 million CFA francs. 54 community micro-projects have already been funded and support in mental health and care practices has been provided to the great satisfaction of the beneficiaries. Abakar Abdou, the First Deputy Mayor of Mindif, was full of praise for the project, which he said had contributed to the reconciliation of the various communities that used to look at each other as enemies. The same reaction came from the beneficiaries of the Koza council who, thanks to RESILAC, are living in harmony with the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Boko Haram. The Far-North Regional Council is not to be outdone, as it has relied on the work and studies carried out by RESILAC and its partners to draw up its strategic development plan. The partners were also generally satisfied.
According to Shanti Moratti, Country Director of Action Against Hunger and leader of the consortium of NGOs implementing the project, by the end of May 2021, the data collected since the start of the project indicated a completion rate of 123%. To this end, the MINEPAT Director General of Cooperation and Regional Integration, also Chair of the RESILAC Steering Committee, congratulated all the actors involved in the success of this project, aimed at providing an adequate response to the needs of the populations most affected by the Boko Haram security crisis and climate change in Lake Chad. He also thanked the donors, notably the European Union and the French Development Agency, which are funding the project to the tune of 36,100,000 euros for a period of four years (2018-2021) in the four countries of intervention, namely Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.
In Cameroon, RESILAC is implemented by a consortium of international NGOs composed of Action against Hunger, CARE and Groupe URD. It is also supported by national and local NGOs, including the Diocesan Development Committee (CDD), the Local Action for Participatory and Self-Managed Development (ALDEPA), the Youth Association for the Development of the Rural World (AJED-MR) and the Cameroon Association for Inter-religious Dialogue (ACADIR).