The CBC Health Services has launched a three-month mentorship project on Financial Management to improve the knowledge and practices of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) staff in Accounting and Financial Management. The project was launched during three-day
workshop that started on July 8, 2021 at the CBC Health Services’ Resource Center of Excellence Mvan, Yaoundé. With funding from the US Embassy in Cameroon, the workshop brought together over 20 heads of ten CSOs drawn from the Southwest, Littoral and Centre regions of Cameroon.
The Director of CBC Health Services, Prof Tih Pius Muffih presided at the workshop in the presence of the Cultural Affairs Specialist at the US Embassy, Mr. Tientcheu Mathias, CBC Health Services Grants Department Administrator, Mr Abanda Alphonse and CBC Health Services Senior Accountant, Mr. Tohntoh Joseph, who was the main facilitator at the workshop.
Opening the workshop, the Director of CBC Health Services, Prof. Tih Pius Muffih stated that “The training will go a long way to help CSOs in accountable management of limited financial resources in making sure that people living in poverty and those with disabilities that are being taken care of by these CSOs can be self-sustaining to take care of themselves in the community”
In the same light, the workshop Coordinator, Mr. Abanda Alphonse emphasized that “After these three-day training, we will be providing a continuous support to make sure that all the gaps that we would have identified in their various organizations be addressed adequately within the period of the project “
According to the Cultural Affairs Specialist at the US Embassy, Mr. Tientcheu Mathias, “In 2020, a report published by the UNAIDS in Cameroon identified financial management as one of the weaknesses in leading sustainability of CSOs in Cameroon. The report stated that most of these CSOs lack expertise, staffing and resources to establish a rigorous financial management. The report went further to show that few of these CSOs are able to be sustainable”. “This is why the US Embassy designed this project to increase the capacity of CSOs in Cameroon,” he added.