The amount worth about 100.7 million Cameroonian Francs CFA, is the part of an effort, to help Cameroonian government, complete ongoing projects that are aimed at reducing the difficulties, faced by those seeking refuge in Cameroon and displaced persons of the Ongoing sociopolitical unrest in Anglophone regions, who are now living in most French-speaking zones of the country.
The agreements to these were signed in Washington D.C., Thursday April 11, on the sidelines of the annual meeting of officials of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, IMF with representatives of needy governments across the globe.The agreements consist of financing two projects, which includes one to improve access to education for these persons, considered to be, not only amongst the most vulnerable but are in a category they refer to as the poorest of the poor.The other is to create social networks to recruit manpower for the execution of labour intensive projects that require the use of both unskilled and highly skilled manpower.
In an official statement sent to the press on the subject, government specified that the development projects were financed in the ratio of 60 million dollars for the social network project and 130 for the education reform project.
The former will reinforce ongoing projects that aim at putting in place pilot programmes for money transfer to improve livelihoods of the most vulnerable and poorest of the poor already identified in some localities across the country. It added that councils where such persons have been spotted; including communities hosting the mass of refugee influx and internally displaced persons would henceforth have money transferred directly to their accounts to enable them take care of these categories of persons.
The document made known that there were presently not less than 372,542 refugees being hosted by Cameroonian communities. They plan to provide funds, through money transfer to councils for them to execute such jobs. It equally announced that some 23,000 persons were already employed for this project, with 8,500 of the hands being refugees and or internally displaced persons.
For the second project which targets the education sector, they revealed that it aims at improving equity in the accessibility of basic education to the vulnerable and poorest of the poor. They stressed that such access must also aim at making sure that the type of education given to the disadvantaged is of good quality.
Consequently, the donors promised to embark on the recruitment of more teachers to beef up basic education for refugee children and children of the internally displaced.