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:
Nascent Solutions – Cameroon
2828 Nascent Circle, Tobin
P.O. Box 129, Kumbo
North West Region, Cameroon
Tel: (237)233-221-049/ (237)677-596-804
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:
Nascent Solutions – Soroti – Uganda
Plot 33-39 Ogonda Road, Soroti Municipality
P. O. Box 865, Soroti, Uganda
Tel: 011 256 782 607 182.
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:
Nascent Solutions – Mpika District – Zambia
World Vision Zambia (Mpika ADP) Complex
Stand # L1653/M, P.O Box 450191, Mpika
Tel: 260 977 793640 or 969 969660