The Presidential Plan for the Reconstruction and Development of the North-West and South-West Regions (PPRD)
The Presidential Plan is the main instrument put in place to drive reconstruction and development activities in the North-West and South-West regions. In accordance with the recommendations of the Major National Dialogue, the PPRD is made up of three pillars: (i) recovery; (ii) reconstruction and (iii) development.
The recovery phase, which is currently being implemented in “fast-track” mode for a period of three years, is hinged around three pillars: the promotion of social cohesion; the rehabilitation of basic social infrastructures and the revitalisation of the local economy.
With regard to the promotion of social cohesion, this pillar aims on the one hand to restore the sense of national belonging of the populations of the North-West and South-West, and on the other hand, to rebuild the distorted relations within communities and society. Priority interventions in this area are: (i) providing vulnerable households with reconstruction kits (cement, metal sheets, iron, wood, etc.); (ii) financing the reconstitution of official documents and certificates lost by victims; (iii) organising training workshops on the concepts of social cohesion for women, young people and opinion leaders; (iv) strengthening the skills of community leaders in conflict prevention and the promotion of dialogue; (v) strengthening the capacity of civil society and community-based organisations; and (vi) organising cultural activities that promote living together, sharing and solidarity.
With regard to the rehabilitation of vital infrastructure, the objective is to restore/rehabilitate the destroyed assets of public and private persons. In particular, this involves improving access to basic social services and rehabilitating community infrastructure.
With regard to revitalisation of the local economy, the goal is to support economic recovery in both regions, to promote income-generating activities and to create jobs. The expected results in this area are (i) revival of agricultural, pastoral and fish-farming production; (ii) rehabilitation of economic infrastructure and (iii) support for economic recovery.
In the implementation of the Plan, some principles are required, namely:
- “Build Back Better” to ensure that reconstruction interventions substantially improve people’s living conditions compared to their pre-crisis situation;
- compliance with international human rights standards;
- prioritisation of vulnerable people in the targeting of beneficiaries;
- putting in place of a gradual approach in the implementation of projects, starting from accessible areas to the more sensitive areas;
- local ownership of the Plan by traditional chiefs, religious authorities, youth and women’s groups, community-based organisations, etc;
- enhancing the ‘One-UN’ approach with a particular focus on the ability of agencies and partners to collaborate and triangulate information.
The initial budget for activities of the recovery phase is estimated at “`89 billion CFAF“`, with the Cameroon government providing 10% of the funds in the form of counterpart funds.
EVOLUTION AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE SECURITY CRISIS IN THE NORTH-WEST AND SOUTH-WEST REGIONS 2017-2020
Released August 2021
A joint collaborative work between Cameroon Government and the UNDP