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CREATING AND MANAGING A CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION

SUMMARY

The civil society environment in Cameroon was liberalized in the 1990s following the socio-economic crisis that rocked the country.

One way of effectively participating in development consist of coming together into groups. The corporate bodies born from these groupings have to be recognised by the authorities in order to allow them play their role of actors of development in all transparency and legality. In other words, the fundamental element for the credibility of an organisation is its legal recognition which confers to it what could be equated to an “identity card”, a recognition card of its existence as a legal person and actor of development. Basically, this element of identification facilitates inquiries into the law chosen by the promoters of the association since, the functioning and organisational rules, and even the  means of control depends on this law.

The legislation on associations does not unite the norms for founding or creating associations, but has laid down basic provisions that can be applied to all forms of organisation subject to particular requirements. It emerges that the Cameroonian legal environment for associational movement is diversified and complex, not easing the task for its acquisition by a good number of persons.

Creating and Managing CSOs in Cameroon is a guide whose objectives is to assist all those who in future would want to create an association or to shape already existing ones to comply with the Cameroonian legislation. It provides information on the range of choices put at  the disposal of actors, by bringing out specific aspects of each form of organisation, in order to throw more light on the decision to adopt this or that law, by considering the  objectives assigned to the organisation to be formed.

The diversify of the laws notwithstanding, the principles of the organisation and functioning of civil society organisation (CSO) bear some differences to the same canons. This guide leans heavily on the universally recommended requirements to all organisations anxious to participate sustainably to social development. The reader will also find the necessary information for the daily management of human, financial and material resources.

 

PREFACE

 

 

It was as a result of the socio-economic crises that Cameroon underwent beginning the 1990s that the civil society environment was remodelled and enriched with a certain number of texts that enable the expression of most components of civil society. In its support for sustainable development, the “Canadian Public Assistance Programme’’ has built a well established popularity as a result of the interest that it has for issues of governance in general and to the emergence and consolidation of social entity, capable of responding to the fundamental principles of efficiency as is defined in the strategic document, “For a more efficient International Aid: the new approaches of Canadian International Assistance Programme”. Also the Canadian Bilateral Aid Program for Development is guided in its mission by the conviction that sustainable development is possible only if actors to development and singularly those who work at the micro level have information and know how  indispensable for their strengthening.

It is in this context that the “Support Project for the Organisation of Civil Society in Cameroon” is situated. Pro-CSO has opted to offer multiform support possibilities to civil society organisation (CSO), ranging from sensitization to information on key questions and notably those that have features related to the HIPC Initiative and the SDPR, training on themes related to projects management and institutional development.

Considering the enthusiasm manifested at the publication of the first editions of Pro-CSO Info, treating the legal framework of CSOs in Cameroon, the management of pro-CSO chose to offer to the CSO community in Cameroon and actors of development, this publication which examines important questions which are not often raised in Pro-CSO Info. It is our hope that this document will not only serve as a guide to future promoters of CSOs, but equally provide possibilities of ameliorating the internal governance of exiting CSOs.

Creating and managing a Civil Society Organisation in Cameroon : Legal Framework and Managing Principles, is situated within the prolongation of the activities of information and training organised by Pro-CSO for the benefit of  organisations in some regions of Cameroon. This pamphlet is a dynamic process considering the fact that the legal framework of CSOs is susceptible to change. Beyond the exhaustive census of legal texts structuring civil society in Cameroon, the importance of this study is based on the analysis of these texts in order to bring out the general and specific conditions for the creation of CSOs in Cameroon. It is neither a critical examination of the legal framework of civil society in Cameroon, nor an analysis  of the impact of this framework on the development of civil society, in order to see in prospective whether the present environment constitutes an obstacle or a stimulant to CSOs.

This study is the first among a series of analysis and reflections that shall be carried out in the coming years by Pro-CSO. From now henceforth, and in conformity with the plan of work of the project, a pamphlet on the manual of procedural of CCF/HIPC is in course of publication so as to enable CSO to subscribe to the requirements on project elaboration as formulated by CCF/HIPC.

 

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