Strategies For The Development Of Indigenous People Assessed

The intersectorial Committee for programs and projects involving indigenous people has evaluated strategies  to ameliorate the living conditions of  this group of people during COVID-19.
The evaluation was made ahead of the 26th edition of the  international day of Indigenous People to be celebrated on August 9, 2020

The workshop was chaired by the Minister of Social Affairs Pauline Irene Nguene this Friday August 7, 2020.

She indicated that the promotion and protection of the fundamental Rights of Indigenous People constitutes a major action in the implementation of the Head of State’s social policy.
In this regard, diversed programs and projects are carried out in favour of  Indigenous People by the government and its partners which are aimed at guaranteeing their access to citizenship, basic social services and socio professional integration.
Indigenous people in Cameroon are made up of the Mbororos, Bakas, Bakola, Bagyelis and Bedzan.

The theme of the 2020 edition of the international day of Indigenous People is *COVID-19 and resilience of Indigenous People*.
The day has been celebrated in Cameroon since 2008.
The event coincided with the 7th Ordinary session of the intersectorial Committee for programs and projects involving indigenous people.

*Strategies Proposed*

– Establish a synergy  of action for the maximum protection of indigenous people against COVID-19

– Draw up an inventory of the needs of indigenous people in the fight against COVID-19

– Strengthen the operational plan for the protection of indigenous people against COVID-19

– Capitalize on good practices resulting from the interventions of Social actors in favour of indigenous people against the Corona virus pandemic

– Mobilize all actors involved in the protection and promotion of indigenous people in matters concerning the social , economic and Cultural stakes involved and  the fight against COVID-19

– Continue to reflect on the establishment of a strategic framework for the development of indigenous people by consolidating the national development plan for indigenous people in relation to Cameroon’s development vision for 2035.

Natacha Lehman

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