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Uwem Essia
Regional Director
Pan African Institute for Development – West Africa (PAID-WA)Buea

Cameroon’s Excellent Investments potentials ..1

  •  An ambitious but realizable Cameroon Vision 2035.
  • Abundant mineral and agricultural resources.
  • A peaceful and happy population.
  • A stable macroeconomic environment - inflation rate below 3%.
  • A thriving middle class of consumers.
  • A gradually growing democracy and free Press. Diverse ecological and climatic conditions.
  • Vast agricultural and mineral resource potentials.
  • Enormous cross-border trade potentials:
    • Close neighbor to Africa’s biggest economy, Nigeria; Leading CEMAC country;
    • Cameroon feeds nearly all its neighbors.
  • A strong culture of civil obedience, especially with paying taxes. 


Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Africa’s Challenges and PAID’s Response

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Africa’s Challenges and PAID’s Response
Uwem Essia
Pan African Institute for Development – West Africa (PAID-WA)
Buea, Cameroon
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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expired in 2015. Like the MDGs, the SDGs seek to fight against poverty and hunger, promote human rights, and empower all in the society especially women and girls. To support the achievement of the SDGs by African countries, the International Association, Pan African Institute for Development (PAID), during its 47th Governing Council Meeting held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on the 16th – 17th of December 2015 discussed “Africa’s development challenges and PAID’s response”. The Meeting notes that Africa’s development challenges are numerous and multi-faceted. Hence, timely achievement of the SDGs will require an integrated multi-stakeholder approach. This paper reviews the progression from the MDGs to the SDGs, particularly key weaknesses of the MDGs that have been strengthened in the SDGs agenda, and makes proposals for enriching the SDGs further with PAID’s guiding principle of concerted, decent and sustainable development. The paper further discusses how PAID can support implementation of the SDGs agenda through a variety of training activities, research and development programs, and consultancy/support services.

Keywords: SDGs, MDGs, PAID, social economy, sustainable development, development challenges, climate change.


An Address Presented By a Representative of the Graduands, Mr. Christian Lambang Fonye on the Occasion of the 46th Graduation Ceremony of the Pan African Institute For Development – West Africa (PAID-WA) Buea this 24th Day of June 2016

An Address Presented By a Representative of the Graduands, Mr. Christian Lambang Fonye on the Occasion of the 46th Graduation Ceremony of the Pan African Institute For Development – West Africa (PAID-WA) Buea this 24th Day of June 2016

His Excellency the Governor, South West Region and his entourage;
Members of the Diplomatic Corp here present;
All other Protocol Duly Observed
Fellow Granduands,

I am sincerely humbled by this privilege to speak on behalf of all the graduands today. We are honored by the presence of the dignitaries here present.The presence of our parents, guardians, siblings and friends who have come from far and near for this occasion is also appreciated.

We are truly overjoyed that PAID-WA has in the last 2 years undergone significant transformation. There are now more classrooms with adequate desks. The library has been renewed with new books, journals and an e-library section. Irrespective of this mountainous terrain, a borehole has been drilled on campus for constant supply of water. The lecturers look well motivated and happy certainly because their salaries are now paid regularly. Internet service for the students has improved significantly. Demonstrational learning facilities like greenhouses and other agricultural farms have been provided. Indeed, many of us wish that the hand of the clock turns back because PAID-WA is now the place to be!

I recall that as students we had issues in the past regarding many of the changes that are taking place now. The students’ body indeed wrote to the Governing Council. It is a thing of joy that the bases for the protest no longer exist. We sincerely thank the Secretary General for his choice of a new Regional Director and his team. Now is the time to give him and the entire team the necessary support for more exploits.

Our collective desire is a PAID-WA that we can look back and proudly say that this is where we passed through; a truly international institution with students and staff coming from far and near, and certificates that are globally respected. There are adequate signs that with continuity and the support of all stakeholders, the PAID-WA of our dream is near in sight.

On our part as alumni of PAID-WA, we will continue to galvanize our relationships and work towards giving back to the institution in a number of ways. In this regard, we appeal to the institution to create a functional e-platform for the networking of all PAID-WA alumni.

We are graduating today with a feeling of satisfaction that despite the challenges we faced during the course of our study, the institution groomed us well. PAID-WA has and will always be that learning environment waiting for anyone who is ready to be transformed. Our satisfaction is that the knowledge and experience gained in the course of the training transformed us. PAID-WA has certainly reinvented itself as a unique brand in its pursuit and promotion of learning based on a sustainable development approach. We are extremely glad to be part of this transformational experience inspired by a tremendously effective leadership which has given PAID-WA a face-lift.

I end this speech by enjoining my fellow graduands and current students alike to be good ambassadors of PAID-WA so that its name continues to resonate in the minds of many, globally as a worthy flag bearer of sustainable and concerted development

I thank you all.

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Mindful of the fact that the Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa (PAID-WA) has as its core objective:- sustainable development, the Food Processing Program was established as one of the

programs of the PAID-WA’s Vocational Training in Green Enterprise aimed at transforming the high quality yields from the PAID-WA Greenhouses into value added products. This aims at empowering the PAID-WA students economically by teaching them innovative ways of appropriately processing agricultural products with the view of facilitating their marketing and ensuring durability. These students are therefore job creators for themselves and others, thereby reducing unemployment rates. This program is useful to development actors and/stakeholders in economic agencies and rural councils to improve livelihoods and generate revenues as every interested member of the community is given the opportunity to benefit from it.

Objectives of the Food Processing Program

The objectives of the Food Processing Program are: To train the students with vocational skills in food processing as a tool for development and job creation; To help the students to develop business concepts with respect to food processing. To coach and mentor students on enterprise development and to follow up these students to enable them achieve their goals.


The scope of the program spans from national through international community activities and projects. Since the beginning of this program in February 2016, ten (10) students have been trained in different fields. All ten (10) students were trained in Tomato Processing specifically: Tomato Ketchup and Tomato Paste. Three (3) students were trained in Fruit Juice Processing specifically: Mango Juice, Orange Grape, Lime and Lemon Juices. This processing comprises a technique wherein products have a shelf life of up to one year. The Program recorded a success on multiple dimensions in that a student has already launched his fruit juice business barely one month after the training; and that PAID-WA was awarded a prize at the International Trade Fair which took place in Yaoundé.

A Collection of PAID-WA Fruit Juice-Healthy Living

The Yaoundé international trade fair

The trade fair organized in Yaoundé to run from the 29th of March to 9th of April 2016, was a good opportunity for PAID-WA to showcase the output of the Food Processing Program. The ten (10) day event brought together over 1000 exhibitors which included: new innovators, investors and market opportunists.

PAID-WA actively participated in this Trade Fair with her first products (the fruit juices) branded HEALTHY LIVING. A variety of these juices: Oranger, Lemon Spirit, Lime Zest and Grape Fruit Juices were exhibited. Though these products were just newly being introduced into the market, it recorded tremendous success with over 250 bottles sold within 3 days of the event. Also the stand received more than 1000 visitors which included: prospectors, ministries, investors, students, intents and whole buyers. Most of these clients sought to know where they could get our products with some indicating interest to be part of the next training sessions.

At the end, PAID-WA brought home a trophy for empowering the youngest entrepreneur in food processing, and we hope to sail to the highest heights with this positive vibe received just at the beginning.

Healthy Living Juices Exhibited at the Yaounde International Trade Fair

By Catherine Lekeya Foletia
Consultant for Food Processing
Coaching and Mentoring


The Misconception about the Term “Women Empowerment”

This article seeks to clarify some misconceptions around the term ‘women empowerment’, especially because women empowerment does not only involve giving freedom to girls and women, but also involves working with boys and men to defeat poverty. Empowerment means being strong and enabled as well as having improved income, independent decision making and a sense of freedom. Since the approach to women empowerment varies with respect to cultural norms, this article argues that the ill formed perceptions and misconceptions that simply pitch girls and women against boys and men need to be reconstructed urgently.

So much has been said about women empowerment in the global context. In the context of Cameroon, quite strangely, many people, including women hardly understand the term. For example, to some women, empowerment means women are already equal to men in that they have brought about economic change for themselves, which is increasingly viewed as the most important contributing factor to achieving equality between women and men.

In a simplistic way, some women consider equality with men as a freedom and right to eat, drink and dress as they like irrespective of their cultural background or marital status. In this regard, a clergyman once told his congregation that “to preach women empowerment is to bring feminism in the church”. There is another school of thought that believes that women should dominate men and consequently men should take up domestic chores such as cooking, laundry and child care. The above and other misconceptions about the essence of gender equality by many women served as a serious hindrance to the accomplishment of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3. Among the women folk, the misconceptions have made many women to become lazy, undisciplined, and generally lawless. This has also distanced men from supporting the cause of achieving gender equity and improving the conditions of women.

Women’s empowerment should most appropriately be conceived as a multi-dimensional social process that helps women to gain control over their own lives, communities and their society, by acting on issues defined as important. Empowerment occurs within sociological, psychological, economic and political spheres at various levels, with a concentration on education and employment which are an essential element to sustainable development. Women empowerment should create a social environment in which women can take decisions and make choices either individually or collectively for social transformation and strengthen innate ability by way of acquiring knowledge, power and experience. Women empowerment is also the expansion in women’s ability to make strategic life choices in a context that promotes the exercise of free choice. Once the woman has obtained their basic and strategic need, they are expected to also assist other weak and vulnerable persons. Empowerment also includes actively thwarting attempts to deny them those opportunities thereby encouraging and developing the skills for self-sufficiency.

Men should look at ‘women’s empowerment’ as a useful move for sustainable development and talking about it freely makes men and women to be more sensitive of their mutual needs. The process of empowerment recognizes and acknowledges gender differences, and the negation of femininity or masculinity; it serves a good starting point to redressing inequality and sundry discriminatory acts in the society. Accordingly, women should see their empowerment as going far beyond the normal celebrations of the International Women’s Day. It should include discussions of their rights and more seriously how the general improvement of their livelihood can contribute positively to development. Woman should rise above the empty noise of marginalization to self-questioning on who they are and what they can contribute to development.

Among other things, women can be empowered through education. Women who lacked the opportunity to have quality early education can enroll into adult learning programs. Others without paid employment can empower themselves financially by starting new businesses. Empowerment has to do also with the knowledge of human rights and how to participate in social activities and local governance effectively.

PAID-WA Buea is seriously involved in fostering women’s empowerment by training its students and participants on issues related to women’s empowerment, as mainstreamed in the common core course titled, “Gender and Development (GAD)”. Apart from that, women who have empowered themselves in various fields and skills in PAID-WA have been placed in key positions in the institute.

PAID-WA Women on the move. 2016 International Women’s Day Celebrations: We make sure that women are part of decision making and their ideas and solutions are part of the discussion

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Registration Opened

Registrations for the six (6) months Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching Courses are now opened at the Cisco Network Academy in PAID-WA against the August session. Deadline for registration is July 30th.

Learn networking fundamentals and advanced concepts with hands-on practice and simulations to develop your skills.

Course Summary

The CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum is a gateway to entry-level networking jobs and IT careers. The curriculum consists of 4, 70-hour courses: Introduction to Networks, Routing and Switching Essentials, Scaling Networks, and Connecting Networks. The first 2 courses prepare you for the Cisco CCENT certification exam or to study CCNA Security. All 4 courses are recommended before taking the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification exam.

With the PAID-WA Cisco Network Academy, you:

  • Develop a working knowledge of routing, switching, network applications, protocols, and services.
  • Study with an instructor in the classroom and access expert content online anytime.
  • Practice what you learn on both real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool. 
  • Get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests.
  • Prepare for the workplace with collaborative projects and presentations.
  • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

For more information:

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PAID PhD Methodological Seminar in Applied Sciences for Development, PAID-WA, Buea

March 26-30th 2016, Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa (PAID-WA), Buea


In an era when there is a dire need for the incorporation of sustainability in all development initiatives, it is of paramount importance to employ meticulous and systematic empirical methods and approaches to development in order to steer the society along a sustainable pathway.

The Methodological Seminar aimed at guiding the PAID PhD students on Research Methodologies and Procedures that should be applied to development.

Seminar Setting

The seminar, organized by Prof Roger Mondoue (Director of the Doctoral Program), took place at the PAID-WA Buea campus. It started with an opening session conducted by Prof. Uwem Essia (Regional Director, PAID-WA) and Prof Roger Mondoue (Director of PAID PhD Program). The seminar presentations were both in French and English and had a book launch interlude entitled “Africa can at last take-off”. The methodological seminar came to a close on the 30th of March 2016 with light refreshments offered by PAID-WA to provide a forum for which participants, presenters and staff of PAID-WA to network.

Twenty seven PhD students, made up of three females and twenty four males coming from Cameroon and Chad with varied backgrounds brought to the conference a valuable mix of experiences, perspectives and expectations.

The presenters included: Prof Roger Mondoue, Prof. Uwem Essia, Prof Emmanuel Kandem, Dr Fernand Vincent, Prof Roger Edimo, Prof Dili Pilai, Prof Michel Tchotsoua and Prof Fonkeng Epah. They presented different approaches, insights and views to scientific writing, both at the theoretical and practical levels. This gave a better understanding of the many perspectives that can and should be taken into account when defining and implementing development research.

Aims and Objectives

The seminar took participants through the research methodology process, starting from the goals and objectives of Applied Development Research, through writing an internship report and a master’s thesis, to writing research articles and scientific works, and finally to theoretical and practical aspects of writing a doctoral thesis.


The seminar was highly appreciated by the participants as they indicated the need for more practical sessions and similar opportunities as this to engage in further discussion and exchange so as to re-enforce their research competencies.

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