The State of Development Cooperation, CSO Enabling Environment and CSO Development Effectiveness: Cameroon Case

The core rights of civil society – the rights to freedom of association, assembly, and expression – propel and underlie all aspects of development.

This report highlights the need to foster a socio-political climate that will be conducive to CSOs, Government and other development actors all working together in strengthening Cameroonian stakeholder ownership of the “common goals and shared principles” vision on which the SDGs, and the MDGs before them, were founded. The report will thus examine five strategic areas for effective development cooperation to work both in theory and in practice; namely:

• Socioeconomic context
• Legal and regulatory framework
• Political environment o Governance context
• Sociocultural context

Last but not least, the report builds on the CPDE Case Study of 2013 where a number of key recommendations were made. In addition, it touches on transversal Enabling Environment2 indicators such as CSO-Private Sector partnerships, migration, or regional terrorism which were either not featured, or emphasised in the initial Cameroonian Enabling Environment Report. Nevertheless, these growing trends affect not just the capacity of CSOs to optimise their gains, but that of the State to tap into these for its own survival.

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