The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says Cameroon has been making progress in combating poverty. National household surveys showed that the population living in poverty declined 11 percent between 1996 and 2001. But the decline mainly benefited people who live in urban areas, 22.1 per cent of whom are poor, compared to 49.9 per cent of poor people in rural areas. In Cameroon, poverty is fundamentally a rural phenomenon.
The profile that emerged from the most recent survey also showed that there is no province in Cameroon that is untouched by poverty, the north-west being one of the most affect. The IFAD report says poverty in the provinces has worsened in the past 10 years, despite the decline overall.
Several studies, including official government surveys, show that women and children are particularly hard-hit: 52 per cent of the people in poor households are women, and half of the members of poor households are under 15 years of age. Among the major causes of poverty, Cameroonians generally cite a lack of job opportunities, declining incomes, inadequate road infrastructure, illiteracy and problems with access to land. Poor rural people believe that better living conditions would come with job creation, better communications and transportation, improved access to infrastructure and information, stable prices for staple foods and better access to health care, water and credit.
Our focus in Cameroon is on:
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with close to 58 percent living in poverty. The effects of this are massive structural deficiencies that inhibit the physical, mental, and educational wellbeing of the population particularly children. Schools lack infrastructure. Pupils are hungry and unfocussed. Nascent works in Malawi to help build a stable society by raising the nutrition profile of children and supporting education with teacher training, school meals and gardens.
An estimated 64 percent of Liberians live below the poverty line and 1.3 million live in extreme poverty, out of a population of 4.6 million, according to World Food Program. 41 percent of the population are food insecure leading to high malnutrition. 83.3 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day. Hunger is a symptom of poverty. Nascent works in Liberia to directly curtail hunger and give Liberia’s poor the agency and opportunity to develop self-reliance.
Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world with a per capita income of US$300. More than 85 percent of Uganda’s 32 million people live in rural areas and depend on farming for their livelihoods. Forty four percent of the population lives below the poverty line and 39% of the children malnourished to the point of stunting. Uganda has the third largest internally displaced persons (IDP) population in the world. Most IDPs depend on humanitarian organizations to meet their basic needs, and current needs far outweigh available resources.
Nascent Solutions recognizes that the people of Uganda, especially the poor, have a greater understanding of what their problems than any outside expert or agency can ever achieve. They are there in a much better position to advice on approaches to address them in a sustainable manner. It is for this reason that Nascent Solutions’ strategy for the country focuses on building ownership and harnessing and incorporating indigenous knowledge and culture into the design and implementation of our programs.
Our focus in Uganda is on:
Zambia’s economy has experienced strong growth in recent years, with real GDP growth in 2005-08 about 6% per year. Privatization of government-owned copper mines in the 1990s relieved the government from covering mammoth losses generated by the industry and greatly improved the chances for copper mining to return to profitability and spur economic growth. Poverty remains a significant problem in the country, despite a stronger economy.
Almost two-thirds of Zambia’s population live below the international poverty line – that is, around 7.5 million people. Rates of death and ill health as a result of HIV/AIDS are high, despite a rapid roll-out of treatment, as is the rate of maternal mortality. However, according to the UK Department for International Development, overall poverty levels have improved, with significant gains in urban areas, enrolment rates for primary education are rising, literacy is increasing, immunization coverage is more widespread and child death rates are falling.
There are vast disparities in living conditions between Zambia’s rural and urban habitants. For example, whilst 64 percent of the urban population have access to safe water, only 27 percent of the rural population are so fortunate. Moreover, 46 percent of the urban population lives below the poverty line compared to a massive 88 percent in rural areas.
Our goal in Zambia, as in all our other areas of operations, is to provided impoverished African women and youth, particularly in the rural areas, with the tools and skills to attain economic self sufficiency. This has meant using innovative approaches, which sometimes defy conventional wisdom by designing programs that are based on the traditional knowledge and ingenuity of our beneficiaries. An example is our very popular village credit and loan scheme in the Mpika district, which is based on an age-old African system of rotating credit among peer groups.
Our programs in Zambia are aimed at:
Sierra-Leone ranks a 180 out of 187 nations on the poverty index. 60% of Sierra-Leoneans live on less than $1.25 dollars a day. A majority of the population is poor. Food insecurity and malnutrition are rampant. Nascent works in Sierra-Leone to support the undernourished and malnourished and build a social base for food security.
As an organization that often operates in unstable societies, we have seen the destruction that can follow when civility is lost and violent measures are adopted. Thus, we reiterate our support for peaceful social engagement and respect for democratic principles and institutions.
Nascent Solutions Inc. is a humanitarian and development organization dedicated to creating a self-reliant poverty-free Africa. Our programs have impacted the lives of over 10 million children, women, and men. Nascent Solutions Inc. is a Tax Exempt, 501C3 Organization.
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