Promoting Sustainable Development
All over the world, people and nations are gradually realising that current distribution pattern of development are clearly unsustainable and there is a need to preserve the integrity and the natural resource base of the environment both for present and future generations.
Most African nations are endowed with abundant resources which could contribute immensely to their industrialisation, but extraction has not been without problems as depletion is a commonplace.
CEDCOW recognises that sustainable development is a matter of society as a whole and individuals, government, NGOs and civil society must mobilise to carry on actions to strengthen the environment. We equally believe that sustainable development cannot be achieved without active partnership involving the entire segment of the society.
We recognise that sustainable development can actually be achieved by enabling and empowering people so that they acquire relevant training, tools and assistance to anticipate a future free from hunger and poverty.
We design and implement sustainable development projects and work with NGOs to increase the scope, impact and sustainability of economic and social development efforts.
CEDCOW work with partners in Cameroon, Gambia and Sierra Leone to provide a coherent framework for intervention deemed relevant to safeguard the environment and direct development efforts more sustainable and practical. Conversely, CEDCOW also involve our partner organisations in policy preparation and decision making regarding sustainable development issues, eg environmental education, awareness programmes, advocacy, project design,etc to ensure individuals and organisations carefully assume their responsibility in safeguarding resources for future use.
CEDCOW will also advocate for full implementation of measures to promote sustainability, such as providing incentive and deterrents to complement legal text, to give greater weight to policy of environmental protection, land and forest laws. Land in some communities need to become more rationale to encourage people's involvement in ecological regeneration.
Poverty eradication and sustainable development "our approach"
Eradicating poverty is the greatest global challenge facing the world today and equally constitutes an indispensable requirement for sustainable development particularly in developing countries.
The World Earth summit in Rio and the 2002 World summit on sustainable development in Johannesburg reinforced the commitments of the Millennium Development Goals:-to integrate sustainable development into policies and programmes. CEDCOW also believe that challenges to sustainable development such as poverty, political instability, conflict and the environment should be integrated into development policies and practice. We therefore recognises that the empowerment of people living in poverty also involve the delivery of health services, sanitation, increase food availability and affordability, increase access to sanitation and promoting full and equal participation in development.
However, economic growth especially in Sub Saharan African has been highly varied and depends on primary commodity of an enclave nature eg mineral, oil and agricultural products. Conversely, their vulnerability to shock, whether induced by terms of trade or weather is critical to sustain growth and poverty reduction. Other challenges include: political instability, weak capacity to generate jobs, climate change, which is increasing the vulnerability of African countries to natural disasters, and threatening economic growth and development.
Enhancing the connections between Agriculture And Sustainable development
Agriculture is the backbone of African economy and approximately 80% of the continent live in rural areas and depends on agriculture for their livelihood. It is the main source of income and employment in Africa and account for 20% of Africa's GDP and 60% of labour force. Agricultural development is of fundamental importance to the achievement of broad-based economic growth and sustainable development. The Green Revolution of the mid-1960s, which brought about increase in food production and rural incomes, as well as sustainable modernization of agriculture and rural transformation elsewhere in the world, greatly missed Africa. Efforts to reduce hunger in the region have been hampered by natural and human-induced disasters.
The most significant constraints on agricultural development, and food security, are political unrest and armed conflicts. These have prevented farmers from producing, displaced population, and destroyed infrastructure. Poor governance, and weak institutional capacity has also contributed to poor policies that have proven incapable of addressing the challenges of agriculture and rural development. Brain drain, hasty implementation of inadequately worked-out reforms and urban bias are prevalent in most of SSA while macroeconomic conditions have also been unfavourable to agriculture, undermining its competitiveness.
Cognisance of the challenges CEDCOW commitments is geared at:
- Promoting economic growth through pro poor perspective.
- Promoting diversification of economic activity in Africa .
- Promoting trade development, social protection and gender empowerment.
- Improve revenue collection and public expenditure management.
- Improve data collection and information to monitor poverty eradication.
- Promote agricultural reform and transformation including specialisation and new technology.
- Promote agricultural Management practices.
- Promote market oriented production system As commended by the economic commission for Africa.
CEDCOW also believe that Attainment of sustainable development in Africa will require the following techniques and actions:
Sustainable increase in agricultural productivity.
Harmonising population growth with level of food productivity.
Better stewardship of the environment.
Utilisation of science and technology to promote food security and sustainable development.