PEP researchers' findings and expertise raise keen interest among policy makers and advisors in Cameroon

Yaoundé, Cameroon - November 15, 2012

PEP National Policy Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon

Several national government, media and international development partner representatives were convened by a group of PEP researchers based in Cameroon to attend a policy conference held at (and in collaboration with) the Regional African Center for Labour Administration in the capital Yaounde.

The event was organized to inform both the general public and policy stakeholders, at the national level, of the research findings/conclusions and ensuing policy recommendations from three different PEP-supported studies conducted in Cameroon, in recent years. 

These projects used various methodological approaches, fostered through PEP-supported research, to conduct scientifically-sound analysis of the following issues:  

The global theme of the conference was “How to improve measurement and understanding of poverty in Cameroon”, to share the researchers’ acquired knowledge in the use/application of cutting-edge methodological approaches, techniques and tools for the analysis of poverty and related issues in the specific context of their home country. 

Policy Impact

The event benefited from both wide national media coverage, as well as key attendance from relevant policy-related decision-makers and advisors from national and international institutions. For example:

  • Representatives from the World Bank and SNV World – institutions known to play an important advising role for policymakers in the country – both expressed amazement of the researchers’ advanced level in terms of scientific approaches, as well as interest in having them collaborate and share findings with their respective institutions directly.
  • The Permanent Secretary of the Committee in charge of monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the national Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) - who plays a supervising and direct advisory role with the heads of all Government Ministries – commented  the presentations at length, praising the high value of the results and of the academic achievements, wishing also to collaborate with the researchers to ensure that their findings are taken into account in PRSP-related decisions and initiatives.
  • Finally, a representative from the National Bureau of Statistics – who had also expressed great interest in the researchers’ advanced methods of multidimensional poverty analysis – contacted Dr. Paul Ningaye a few days after the conference, to require his collaboration and advisory in the integration of new monitoring/measurement indicators in the 2013 ECAM4 (data collection) surveys - for national statistics to better reflect gender-related and multidimensional aspects of welfare in the future.

The researchers’ presentations were followed by questions and discussions over their content, to which also actively participated other key attendants, such as the head of the Prime Minister’s Service Division, as well as key officials from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economy and Planning.

Find more examples of national policy conferences organized by PEP-supported researchers in their home countries here: http://www.pep-net.org/communications/national-policy-conferences/
Find out more about recent findings from PEP-supported research in developing countries here: http://www.pep-net.org/home/pep-research-findings/

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