Municipal Councils Fellowship on Business Management and Public Service Governance
Cameroon holds the seventh largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa and is rich in natural resources and minerals. Despite numerous conflicts, past and present, Cameroon is still regarded as an anchor of stability in a crisis-torn region.
However, the Cameroonian youth faces major challenges. Widespread corruption in public service, absence of real time market driven quality skills of its graduate population, skills mismatch in public-private sectors that continue to lower productivity and gainful employment locally and the resulting unfavorable conditions for investments; which means that much of Cameroon’s human development potential remains unexploited and/or under-utilized.
As of 2007, the Government of Cameroon set out its ambition to make Cameroon an emerging economy by 2035. This therefore formed the basis for a Growth and Employment Strategy Paper (GESP) that served as the road map for the country’s development drive and collaboration with international partners.
Addressing Cameroon’s Human Capital Market Challenges
While the government through the GESP attaches great importance to the modernization of Cameroon’s industrial capacity, it does not sufficiently elaborate a similar broader road map or labor planning strategy which will prepare young people finding it difficult to be absorbed in the current labor market and those planning to enter the labor market by 2035. Arguably many Cameroonian youths are finding it difficult to obtain paid employment, grow their small start-ups to scale and contribute gainfully to local economic growth and the government’s emergence ambitions.
With too many young people who all enter the labor market at the same time and failing to find jobs matching their skills and university training; the local economy is likely to continue to suffer from unproductive employment and poor integration of its huge youth demographic dividend. Most especially in the informal sector which is by far the greatest absorbing of youth capital and jobs in Cameroon [90.5%] as indicated in the 2010 study of youths and labor market by the National Institute of Statistics.
By investing to improve the employability skills and moral intensity of young Cameroonians preparing to enter the modern labor market by 2022, IGI supports local economies and society in Cameroon, to increase the fiscal earnings and economy growth of their communities which, in no small way, redounds with professional education of quality and moral values of the highest intensity.
Collaboration, Collective Learning and Growth
Municipal Business and Good Governance Fellowship [BMF], brings together the unemployed, new entrants into the civil service, representatives of small local businesses and start-ups, local administrators and graduates for labor market and public service integrity tailored short training courses over a period of four (4) to seven (7) days. It is executed in collaboration with local government authorities [Mayors and Government Delegates of Councils] with the strategic intent of facilitating their transformation of national development policies into value-creation and better growth prospects for ordinary citizens.
BMF Training Methods
Our training methods incorporate action-based learning, policy awareness dialogue, business management coaching, and best practices for benchmarking, simulations and case analysis. Lecturers and facilitators are leading business management, anti-corruption and ethics, good governance, public management and administration experts and practitioners from African and European universities, civil service, civil society and international organizations.
At the end of each training fellows receive a professional certification issued by International Governance Institute and the respective local authority. The initial BMF program was piloted with the Buea municipality supported by the Lord Mayor of Buea Council [ Ekema Patrick Esunge] in July 2016 and the Cameroon representation of IGI training nearly 300 participants from more various regions in Cameroon.
BMF Fellowship Objectives
In alignment with three key policy frameworks put forth by the Government of Cameroon such as the Growth and Employment Strategy Framework [GESP] the National Governance Program and the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, the fellowship training curriculum has been designed and framed to achieve the following:
Long Term:Reach out and Facilitate Upgrade of Labor Market & Gainful Employment Skills of Youths active in the informal sector in Cameroon
Reach out to up to 6,000 youths with inadequate skills in the current informal labor market by 2022
Upgrade, Modernize & improve the marketable and employment skills of youths active in the informal sector in Cameroon under two categories: Advanced Business Management & Public Service Integrity, Ethics and Good Governance
Boost Informal Sector Productivity Locally by 20% by 2022. Improve the ease of doing business including private sector activity and GDP outcomes
Ensure a significant value-added contribution of BMF Fellows and youth entrepreneurs to the national economy by 2035
Immediate Short Term:
|Goal||Indicator||Immediate Impact||Long Term Impact|
|Reach out and facilitate upgrade of Labour Market & Gainful Employment Skills of Youths active in the informal sector across 100 Municipalities||Reach out to up to 6,000 youths with inadequate skills in the current informal labor market across 100 Municipalities by 2022||Upgrade, Modernize & Improve the marketable and employment Skills of in youths in the informal sector across 100 Municipalities under two categories: