By Clodine Mbuli
Within the framework of the partnership formalized between the SEEPD programme of Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) and the Regional Delegation of Women’s Empowerment and Family North West (MINPROFF NW) in 2015, emphasis has been placed on capacity building on gender and disability mainstreaming in all women empowerment initiatives.
To further enhance inclusion especially of women and girls with disabilities, MINPROFF formalized partnership in 2016 with 9 NGOs involved in women’s empowerment in the North West Region (NWR) including PLAN Cameroon, IVFCam, COMINSUD, IDF, MBOSCUDA, UYO, ACMS, CHRAPA and JACOB’s Ladders. Since the formalization of this partnership, considerable progress has been made by these organizations in enhancing Disability and Inclusive Development (DID). Also, there has been a remarkable increase in the participation of women and girls with disabilities in organization’s activities.
However, many organizations had limited capacity in mainstreaming disability in project cycle resulting in limited involvement of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). With respect to this, MINPROFF Regional Delegation in partnership with the SEEPD programme organized specific capacity building workshops for Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association (MBOSCUDA) on July 25 and Integrated Development Foundation (IDF) from August 4-5, 2017 with focus on practical ways of building Inclusive Project Cycle Management.
In IDF, 14 staff attended the workshop including those from branch offices in Wum, Befang and Benakuma. In MBOSCUDA, a total of 16 staff (10 males 6 females) acquired skills in mainstreaming gender and disability in the project cycle.
The Regional Delegate of MINPROFF NW, Mr. Wirba Asan Litinyuy applauded the efforts of these organizations and challenged them to be pace setters in their communities. According to him, it is expected that many persons with disability shhould participate effectively and benefit equally at all levels of project implementation.
The Coordinators of IDF Oussematou Dameni T. and MBOSCUDA, Sali Django reiterated their commitment in enhancing disability inclusive development in all initiatives