Civil Society and the Search for Development Alternatives in Cameroon

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Emmanuel Yenshu Vudo
African Books Collective, 2008 - Social Science - 227 pages
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Recent developments have witnessed the emergence of civil society as a major development actor whose potentials and capacity, especially in Africa, are often taken for granted and treated as limitless. A critical assessment of some of these structures (NGOs, religious organisations, trade unions, home-based associations and the youth) and the legal and political context of the operation of civil society in Cameroon shows a popular effervescence that is visible in social development initiatives. Although this would complement the state and free enterprise, it is however often frustrated by the states suspicion in a context of rising social awareness and protest that is assimilated with political opposition or attempts at manipulation along partisan lines. This book is a call to reform the framework of civil society and assess its components and roles in shaping the future of Africa. Emmanuel Yenshu Vubo is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. He obtained his Doctorate from the University of Yaounde in 1991 and has served in several capacities at the University of Buea.
 

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Contents

A Balance Sheet of Economic Development Experience since Independence
35
The Legal Framework of Civil Society and Social Movements
46
The Evolution of Trade Unionism and the Prospects for Alternatives to the Labour Question
61
Religious Organisations and Differential Responses to the Economic Crisis The Roman Catholic Church and the Full Gospel Mission
72
On the Viability of Associational Life in Traditional Society and HomeBased Associations
95
Traditions of Womens Social Protest Movements and Collective Mobilisation Lessons from Aghem and Kedjom Women
125
Microcredit Financial Sector Reform and Welfare
142
Focus and Quality of NGOs as Partners in Development
157
NGO Involvement in Environmental Protection in the North West Province
180
Political Leadership StateCivil Society Relations and the Search for Development Alternatives
191
The Youth the Challenge of the New Educational Order and Development Alternatives
206
Towards a Synthesis
218
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