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March 28th 2016, Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa (PAID-WA), Buea.

On the 28th of March 2016, the book-“Africa can at last take off”-was presented and launched in the Fernand Vincent Hall, PAID-WA campus, Buea. This book was proudly published by the PAID press and the launch was privileged to have the Founding President of PAID (Dr Fernand Vincent) present. The Panel was moderated by Prof. Uwem Essia (Regional Director, PAID-WA) and comprised of Dr. Vincent Fernand (PAID International Founding father), Dr. Mrs. Teresia Elad (President PAID International), Prof. Emmanuel Kandem (SG PAID International), Mr Romuald Pial Eazala (Regional Director, PAID-CA), Dr. Roger Mondoue (PAID’s Editor in Chief), Prof Lambi Cornelius (Former Vice Chancellor, University of Buea, Vice Chancellor HIMS) and Prof Michel Tchotsoua (Author). The Panelists took turns in giving fascinating insights into the content of the book to an eager audience of over 200 PAID students and staff, PhD students from PAID and other higher institutions, and like-minded academics from the general public. They gave a current and unique view of how geometrics and the geostrategic approach can be used to foster development.

Introduction to the PAID Press

The PAID community is proud to have completed the trinity of the educational set-up by owning a printing press. This comes in to enhance the PAID PhD program as it aspires to publish thesis and other scholarly articles thereby aiding in disseminating knowledge.

Book Presentation

Is Africa really poor? Why has Africa stagnated whilst other regions with which Africa had same economic status in the 1950’s have visibly progressed? Amidst the huge aid donated to Africa in a bit to ameliorate the famine and war crisis, why have most African countries experienced little developmental trajectories? These questions and more have flooded the minds of African intellectuals as they ponder on the possibility of Africa emerging.

Money from West, donations or aid, call it what you would, has instead trapped Africa plundering most of her countries into a vicious cycle of corruption, slow economic growth and poverty. Anderson, 2014 illustrates this thus; whilst Western countries send about $30bn in development aid to Africa every year more than six times that leaves the continent “mainly to the same countries providing the aid.” So who is aiding who? It is in this light that proactive Scholars like Prof. Michel Tchotsoua have taken the initiative to write to educate the African community on the way forward in his book “Africa can at last take off”.

The book was summarized by the Chief Launcher, Prof Lambi Cornelius as: “the ‘key’ to an emergent Africa is using a geostrategic approach in strategically mapping and re-allocating its resources. He further stated that Africa is the richest continent with a lot of resources but Africans have underdeveloped Africa. Rounding up, he beckoned on Africa to use her potentials, talents and resources to build and develop Africa and not to rely on the Western World.

The Editor in Chief of PAID thanked the Regional Director of PAID-WA for his efforts and expertise in the visible structural, financial and academic advancements that has made PAID-WA “the place to be” in recent times. He commended the successes of the PAID Press this far and thanked the author for his confidence in the PAID press. He gave the Author’s profile stressing on his background in geometrics, thereby presenting him as not only a thinker, but a knowledgeable resource person on matters as these. He explained that much thought was given in the coining of the title and hence content of the book.

The Author thanked the panel and audience and reiterated the concept of geometric and geostrategic approach in sustainable development. He called on Africa and the PAID community in particular to take the initiative to drive this concept into a reality.

Among many things, the Regional Director of PAID-WA, Prf. Uwem Essia, called for many more initiatives like this.

The President of PAID crowned this by touching on the paradoxical but important issue of partnership with the western world as an ingredient of sustainable development. She expounded on the fact that it should be a two-way issue.

This discourse explained just enough to entice the audience to buy the book and find out more (this was demonstrated by the queue which positioned to get copies at the end of the session). The book launch was a success as the audience left pondering on the issues raised.

The launch was commemorated with light refreshments.

Free Coaching



The Management of the Pan African Institute for Development – West Africa (PAID-WA), Buea is pleased to inform ALL students (CAMCODA, SDC, ICM, BSc, PGD and Masters) that free coaching will be taking place on its Campus from 3rd to 31st August 2015. AREAS OF FOCUS

  1. Identifying, starting and growing a business.
  2. Identifying, getting and keeping a job.

Registration is ongoing (daily at the Store beside Academic Office)

Registration is ongoing  

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GUEST SPEAKER: Professor Emeritus Gottlieb Lobe Monekosso


GUEST SPEAKER: Professor Emeritus Gottlieb Lobe Monekosso

Brief Profile of the Cameroonian Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus, Gottlieb Lobe Monekosso who was recently crowned the Father of African Medicine is a Founding member of CUSS, Yaoundé Cameroon, former Director of the World Health Organisation for Africa Region from 1980 - 1985 and the former Minister of Public Health, Cameroon between 1997 to 2000.

Seminar Topic: Opportunities, Obstacles and Innovations in Public Health in Africa:

Some Recent Experiences


The Seminar took place on December 18th 2015 on PAID-WA campus beginning 11.00pm at Lecture Room 3.

With excitement, the students of Community and Public Health (both BSc and MSc) and their lecturers gathered to hear from this renowned father of Public Health in Cameroon. This is because it is common knowledge that his wealth of knowledge resulting from his numerous global exploits and position in the forefront of the fight of public health issues in Cameroon and Africa is immeasurable and a force to reckon with.

Thus with keen attention, the audience listened as he took us through the Public Health History of Africa. Slowly but eloquently, he provided both scholarly and experiential learning on the emergence of some diseases that have created historic impact on Africa; the various mitigation, response and adaptation strategies that the continent engaged in; and some success stories. These diseases included: Cholera, Small pox, Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and River blindness.

In this seminar, Prof. Gottlieb Lobe Monekosso explained the events that led to the Bamako Initiative and subsequently the institution of cost recovery mechanisms in African Health institutions. He closed the seminar by mentioning the catalytic factors that cumulated and led to the pooling of health personnel to form medical schools in the region such as Ibadan in Nigeria and Makerere in Uganda. These medical schools helped to the “discovery” of new diseases and new findings; and the influence of these on the health environment in the region.

This was followed by an influx of questions from the curious and excited audience, these the learned Professor answered patiently.

One question that plagued the audience and needed clarification was the difference between Community and Public Health. To this he answered by saying “first I am very happy with the Initiative PAID-WA has taken to train Community and Public Health professionals from the BSc level. This is very uncommon with us in Africa, but as we have discussed, most efficient and effective strategies were achieved when communities were engaged thereby enabling them to assume ownership of these strategies; thus emphasizing the importance of community health professionals”. He then went further to clarify the audience that these were two independent and autonomous professions which complemented each other in a well-defined and well-functioning health system.

The seminar ended with a frantic rush from the participants to get a photo shot with the Icon: Prof. G.L. Monekosso.

46th PAID Governing Council Meeting

The 46th Governing Council meeting of the Pan African Institute for Development (PAID) will be taking place in PAID-WA Buea, on the 12th and 13th of May 2015

The Ceremony Proper

8:00 – 9:00 Arrival of members of the Executive Committee and the Management Committee

9:00 – 9:30 Arrival of members of the Governing Council

9:30 – 10:00 Arrival of Special Guests

10:00 – 10:05 Arrival and welcome of the Government Delegate of Limbe

10:05 – 10:10 Arrival and welcome of the Governor of the South West Region

10:20 – 10:30 Singing of the National Anthem

10:30 – 10:40 Welcome address by the Secretary General of PAID

10:40 – 10:50 Speech of the President of the Paid Governing Council

10:50 – 11:00 A word by the Founding Father of PAID

11:00 – 11:05 Opening Speech by the Governor of the South West Region

11:05 – 11:25 Introduction of the new PAID’s Director

11:25 – 11:45 Installation of the Director of PAID-WA

11:45 – 12:15 Presentation of film: “Prosperity Builders”

12:15 – 12:25 Visit of PAID-WA Campus

12:25– 12:30 Family photo

12:30 – 13:30 Cocktail

13:30 Start of the Governing Council Session








Arrival and registration of participants



Introduction of participants



Word of welcome from the Regional Director



Presentation of PAID and PAID-WA



Expectations and fears  



Presentation of PAID-WA’s activities, programmes and methodology



Presentation of the various programmes


11. 30am

Presentation of log book and student/teacher evaluation format



Presentation of pedagogic calendar and lecturers



Payment of fees



Conditions for award of transcripts, certificates/diplomas



Registration procedure



Code of conduct



Use of the library



Use of the IT center



Questions/Answers session



Tour of campus and group photographs


  • EV:      Elizabeth Vefonge
  • AP:      All Participants
  • UE:      Uwem Essia (PhD)
  • AC:     Ayuk Caroline
  • JA:       Juliana Anchang
  • NK:     Njie Kelvin
  • MC:     Monjowa Christiana
  • AS/P:   All staff and Participants
  • CL/JG: Che Lovelyne/Julius Gisi
  • HODs: Mr Otu and Mr. Otteh
  • TR:      Tiangum Rosetang
  • JN:       Joseph Ngwa






Arrival and registration of participants



Modalities for registration



Meeting with programme coordinators

All Coordinators


Registration of courses


  •  EV:      Elizabeth Vefonge
  • NK:     Njie Kelvin 

 You may also download a PDF version of this program here


International Conference Validating Visual Heritage in Africa

From 2013 until today African Photography Initiatives has been engaged in the project “Cameroon Photo Press Archives. Protection, Conservation, Access” (EAP542) which included the conservation and partial digitization of the Buea Press Photo Archives (BPPA) (holding a total of approximately 100.000 negatives and 14.000 groundsheet-pages), teaching and research activities in Switzerland and Cameroon as well as the preparation of exhibitions, talks, a website and several publications. The BPPA’s images cover major political, social and cultural events in Cameroon’s Anglophone zone during the period from 1955 to about 1995. The project, however, not only dealt with the Buea Press Photo Archive’s content as such – images, groundsheets, register books etc. – but also very much with the repository itself as an institution located at the crossroads of political, social and cultural developments and dynamics.

In order to stimulate discussions about, and set out an agenda for, the space(s), value, role and future of photographic collections within the broader framework of the ‘Archive’ African Photography Initiatives is pleased to announce the conference Validating Visual Heritage in Africa: Historical Photographs and the Role of the “Archive”. The conference organised in collaboration with the Universities of Buea, Cameroon and Basel, Switzerland will be held at the Pan African Institute for Development in Buea (Cameroon) on 27 – 29 January 2015.

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Volunteering for PAID-WA

What is Volunteering for PAID-WA 

The Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa (PAID-WA) recognizes volunteerism to be an important instrument in promoting capacity building for development. Volunteers who chose PAID-WA have not only been part of transforming communities, students, and other individuals, they are transformed into competent professionals, trainers, and development practitioners.

PAID-WA uses volunteerism to minimize the challenge of limited opportunities available to free – will dedicated national and international persons. These are individuals seeking to join the professional sphere, build a connection with local communities, and demonstrate their passion to learn and share knowledge and to change lives.

The approach for volunteering in PAID – WA is very suitable for international students seeking internship abroad.In this way, PAID-WA also provides internship placement for the student to hone their skills and gain international perspectives on many issues.

PAID-WA volunteering Hub

The perspectives of former volunteers invite the rationale to establish a volunteer hub. The current volunteers are drawn from diverse disciplines and provide a strong backbone to PAID-WA. In the domain of teaching, PAID-WA cannot do without them.

The Hub of PAID-WA volunteers contribute in extending PAID - WA services to a greater number of stakeholders through research, consultancy and support services.

Voices of some Volunteers

“As a volunteer, I have been involved rather than used.” My involvement in lectures, research supervision has equipped me with additional skills that I have equally used to support and complement existing skills of salaried workers (Asongwe Godswill Azinwie, Ph.D. Research Fellow)

I have the opportunity to connect academic knowledge and field practice. In PAID-WA, I have been given dedicated responsibility to supervise and manage agricultural field work for PAID-WA and students (Che Samuel, MSc.)

Why volunteer with PAID-WA

The advantages of volunteering at PAID-WA are numerous (see organizational profile).Download


  • PAID-WA is an international Non-governmental Organization and an academic institution with a diplomatic status.

Core Values

  • Excellence,
  • Field Orientation,
  • Professionalism,
  • Political and Religious Neutrality
  • There is no restriction race or color.

Areas of Work

The institution’s mode of operation motivates individuals to acquire new expertise, share knowledge and work in different settings.

  • It addresses diverse development issues in its training programs at all levels (see programs) and consultancies. Volunteers with any qualification have an opportunity to teach, conduct research and prepare publications.
  • It has extensive field experience: The institution has carried out community studies in more than 40 rural and semi-urban communities, developed micro projects and assessed their development impact. This experience gives it a unique approach facilitating assess to community institutions for development purposes.
  • It offers volunteers the opportunity to get hands-on experience with grass root communities: Volunteers have the chance to get closer to issues of gender and, sustainable livelihoods. PAID-WA provide volunteers adequate linkages to work with orphans and vulnerable children and Youth in remote communities of the North West and South West region of Cameroon.
  • It provides opportunities for volunteers to actively participate in rural and urban engineering, and others interested in the conservation of nature.

Other Unique features of PAID-WA

PAID-WA is special in a variety of ways, ranging from its facilities, its unique methodology of imparting knowledge and skills, the services it renders and its quality of training.

Academic/Professional Staff and Experiences

PAID-WA’s staff come from a variety of cultural, national and disciplinary backgrounds, supplemented by a reliable network of external consultants from Universities and the private sector. Many of the staff are distinguished and internationally recognized lecturers and researchers. The interaction between the staff with external consultants produces very encouraging results. It makes PAID-WA recognized as a clearinghouse for highly skilled, experienced and dedicated individuals, available at all times to respond to development needs and related issues.


The Institute has a hostel of 36 rooms that can accommodate 72 persons. Optional single or double rooms are also available. For security and comfort volunteers are offered boarding and lodging on campus. They simply need to indicate clearly their interest when applying for volunteering

Support Services

1. Health Service and insurance coverage

The general hospital and private clinics are close to the campus. Volunteers have easy access to medical services when the need arises. PAID-WA also facilitates insurance coverage for all volunteers or international students.

2. Catering And Housekeeping Services

The Institute runs a canteen from Monday to Friday weekly, as well as a campus shop for necessities. The housekeeping unit takes care of the laundry, cleanliness of the lodging facilities at a modest rate.

Sports and Recreation

The Institute has a multi-purpose sports court and some indoor games facilities including table-tennis. It is also close to the Buea Municipal Stadium and Mountain Club which has Lawn tennis, table-tennis and badminton courts.

PAID-WA Campus, Buea

PAID-WA is situated in Buea, the capital of the South West Region of Cameroon. It has a pleasant and secure location that provides an ideal learning and working environment. PAID-WA occupies a surface area of about 9.6 hectares in the Government Reserve office area of Buea.It is located on the slopes of Mount Cameroon, at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level providing the town with a pleasant, temperate climate. It is also close to the coastal town of Limbe and also to other major towns like Kumba, Tiko, and Douala.

It is one of the most used campuses in Cameroon, not only for academic and research purposes but also for national and international workshops, seminars and conferences. PAID-WA Buea is fast extending its professional training programs to other Regions of the country and the world at large. Since 2010, three Learning Support Centers have been established in the North West, Littoral and Centre Regions of Cameroon to meet potential target population who show interest towards our programs yet do not want to be displaced.

The campus also has lecture halls, an audiovisual unit, a cyber café and a library with an e-library service.

If you are interested in:

  • Lecturing
  • Conducting Applied Research
  • Online lecturing
  • Communication and Publications
  • Community-based work
  • Community project design
  • Tree domestication and nursery development
  • Organic vegetable cultivation
  • Sustainable animal production systems (goats, poultry, snail-raring)
  • Mushroom cultivation
  • Environmental education for schools
  • Waste management with local councils
  • Community health programs
  • Sustainable Horticulture
  • Ecotourism
  • Working with orphans and vulnerable children
  • Working with youths
  • Working with schools

Then PAID-WA is a place for you.

Researchers having a personal or institutional project to carry out in Cameroon are also welcome.

For further inquiries about our volunteer, please send an email to:

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Aux Présidents de la Commission de la CEDEAO et de l’UEMOA

Arrangement pour la Pauvreté Economique (APE)

                        des Paysans de la CEDEAO

Messieurs les Présidents,

Un adage nous enseigne que : « si nous nous ne nous occupons pas de nous-mêmes d’autres viendront le faire comme bon leur semblera ! ».

La CEDEAO regroupe 15 pays et a un PIB de 675 milliards de dollars en 2013. Elle compte 300 millions d’habitants en 2014 et selon les prévisions, 425 millions en 2030. Elle fait 5 millions de km2. Elle est la 1ère productrice mondiale de cacao. Elle est une grande productrice de bananes, d’ananas, de gomme arabique, de noix de cajou, d’huile de palme, de céréales, arachide, et bien nantie en produits d’élevage et de pêche, etc. A cela s’ajoute, les grandes richesses minières, forestières et les grands fleuves.

Le processus d’intégration a commencé il y’a 35 ans. La population ouest-africaine était estimée alors à 109 millions dont 65% de jeunes. Ceux qui avaient entre 20 et 35 ans à l’époque ont aujourd’hui entre 55 et 70 ans et ils sont toujours en attente de sursauts permettant d’améliorer leurs conditions de vie.

Pourquoi et comment cette région est, et continue d’être victime, de la coopération internationale ?

Est-ce lié au fait que : (i) nous avons été colonisés ; (ii) nous n’avons pas de secteur privé suffisamment consolidé ni d’industries ; (iii) nos monnaies ne nous appartiennent pas ; (iv) nous sommes pauvres ; (v) le discours d’intégration reste théorique à côté des pratiques nationalistes avec une multiplicité de systèmes d’éducation, de santé, d’administration, et de langues officielles ?

Comment expliquer aux paysans de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, eux qui ont été invités dans une méthodologie participative à élaborer les deux politiques agricoles de notre région (PAU et ECOWAP) qui ont mis l’accent sur la réappropriation de notre alimentation, de nos marchés et de notre sécurité et souveraineté alimentaires. Ces politiques qui ont demandé aux paysans de s’engager dans la transformation maîtrisée de leurs systèmes de production...

Comment les convaincre que la compétition avec les produits agricoles de l’Union Européenne va faire leur bonheur en mettant entre parenthèse l’application de ces politiques agricoles ?

Après plusieurs accords et conventions, ceux de Yaoundé et Lomé, celle de Cotonou en 2000 se compose de deux chapitres : (i) "le Fonds Européen de Développement – FED" avec moins de 30 milliards d’euros pour les 77 pays sur 20 ans ; (ii) la négociation pour l’ouverture du marché dénommé "Accords de Partenariat Economique – APE". Les américains en son temps avaient été plus courageux en disant "Trade, Not Aid". Notons sur le FED (9ème, 10ème ou 11ème) que sa dotation par habitant et par an a toujours été d'environ 4 euros !


Les ACP, et en tête la CEDEAO, ont préféré le FED au développement de leurs pays. Initialement prévue pour 2007, la signature vient de se faire.

Nos chefs d’Etat nous ont dit à Dakar « une négociation a une limite » !

L’Union Européenne nous a signifié cette limite : « il n’y aura pas de fonds FED si on ne signe pas les APE » !

« Ventre affamé n’a point d’oreilles ! »

Dans toutes nos interpellations, on nous dit que toutes les dispositions sont prises pour un contrôle strict et des normes de rétrocession en cas de besoin... en somme, utiliser les miettes de la signature pour développer nos pays !

Qu’en est-il de notre lutte à l’OMC pour notre coton ?

A notre humble avis, on s’attendait à ce que la CEDEAO cède et signe eu égard au contexte sociopolitique difficile (la guerre civile dans le Sahel, la crise politique en Côte d’Ivoire, les dernières élections au Ghana, Boko Haram au Nigéria, Ebola,...) mais aussi à la pression de l’Europe sur les Etats. Ceci malgré le fait que la raison juridique de l’engagement à l’OMC qui était à l’origine de la légitimité des négociations des APE a pris du plomb dans l’aile :

  • Le Doha Round processus de correction des contradictions dans les négociations sur l’agriculture a été bloqué par le véto USA-Europe ;
  • Ces mêmes puissances se sont engagées dans des négociations commerciales bilatérales.

L’Europe a bien profité de son amitié avec nos régimes pour nous mettre la pression au moment où la stabilité base de développement est menacée. C’est ça "le partenariat aussi" ? Profiter des faiblesses de ses partenaires pour avancer des pions ? ... Bravo !

Dans notre région, les peuples sont habitués à des décisions prises sans qu’ils ne comprennent jamais le pourquoi !

Comme le suicide collectif n’est ni permis, ni accepté, à ce jour de la signature des APE, je voudrais tout simplement partager avec vous les responsables, notre désapprobation. Je constate qu’à partir de 2015, nous retournons à "la CEDEAO des Chefs d’Etat", après avoir créé "la CEDEAO des Etats" et espéré "la CEDEAO des peuples" !

Les peuples prendront acte comme ils ont pris acte plusieurs fois au gré des consensus et des politiques contre leurs intérêts.

J’espère que les hommes et les femmes particulièrement les paysans, les paysannes et les militants de l’intégration pour un avenir radieux dans notre région, continueront de résister parce que, dans une partie de l’Afrique, et avec toute l’Afrique, l’apartheid a été vaincu.

C’est cet espoir qui nous fait croire que l’histoire jugera !

Je vous souhaite une bonne fin d’année dans la préparation d’un PASA continu et encadré !


Le 12 décembre 2014

Exploitant familial à Bamba Thialène (Koumpentoum) Sénégal


The views expressed by Mamadou Cissokho are correct and justified. ECOWAS has remained largely alien to the real challenges of integration and development in the West African sub-region. The issue remains that the countries that make up ECOWAS are still tied to apron-strings of their colonial masters consciously and unconsciously. The problem is not with ECOWAS alone, but also how the various governments manage their affairs. There is need for African governments to support African people and businesses to relate better through regional trade, and building and sustaining progressive relationships and partnerships without having to need much help from the West and other advanced regions. We should learn to dine with our former colonial masters with a “long spoon”.

One way of doing this is to ensure that currencies of African countries are mutually convertible within Africa. The current situation is that even when two or more African countries are engaged in cross-border trade and migration, their banks lack formal mechanisms for mutual convertibility of local currencies. A glaring example is what happens between Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Chad and Nigeria, where cross-border trade runs into billions of U.S dollars, and populations and tribes share common ancestry, and economic and cultural bonding, and informal and formal movement of persons go on almost on a minute bases. Yet it is difficult to open a naira account in Cameroon, Chad or even Gabon and a Franc CFA account in Nigeria, but it is very easy to open a pound sterling, dollars or euro accounts in these countries. Equally it is much easier for a French bank to operate in these countries than for a Cameroonian based bank to operate in Nigeria and vice-versa.

As rightly noted by Mamadou Cissokho, ECOWAS needs to shift its focus from having a common market, to ensuring convertibility of currencies of its member countries within the region. Rather than seek to have a common ECOWAS currency, each country should have its independent monetary system, but there should be mechanisms for converting the different currencies without having to buy the dollar or Pound Sterling first. What Africans need is for our governments to come together and make policies that formalise existing trade relationships. Once it is possible for a Cameroonian, a Chadian or a Congolese to take his Francs CFA to a Nigerian bank and have naira without passing through dollars, then 60% of Africa’s problems would have been solved; the demand for Dollar and Pound Sterling will fall, and production of local needs by sister ECOWAS countries will grow.

All it takes to achieve this is for the Heads of States to agree that banking institutions should create department/unit for converting African currencies in all the banks, such that intra-African trades can be carried out without the Pounds, Dollars or Euros.

Uwem Essia

Regional Director

PAID-WA, Buea, Cameroon

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