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Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Kamerun
FES in Congo Brazzaville PDF

In 2013, FES activities in the Republic of Congo focused on the formulation of natural resources management policies and on the improvement of the Media environment.

Prohibition of non-biodegradable plastics in Cameroon: What accompanying measures for consumers and economic operators? PDF

Faced with the nearer coming date of application of the prohibition of non-biodegradable plastic bags by the Cameroonian state, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in partnership with the Association Citoyenne pour la Défense des Intérêts Collectifs (ACDIC) organized an atelier to discuss the issue. This atelier that took place on October 31st, 2013 in the conference hall of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation was massively attended by stakeholders involved in the question, namely the government, businessmen, consumers and the civil society.

Plastic, a world-wide issue PDF

The European Union too cannot continue to ignore problems resulting from the abundant use of plastics bags and other non-biodegradable packing materials. Therefore, a debate on the prohibition or strict regulation of the use of plastic is going on in the European parliament in Strasbourg.
Who will say that Africa is always “behind”? Rwanda was the first state to take action and control its heaps of non-biodegradable garbage. The prohibition of plastic bags implemented since some years is successful due to the ability to adapt and to have recourse to alternatives. If then prohibition is the solution, why not learning from our neighbor’s, Rwanda, successful case?

FES in the DR Congo PDF

FES considers that in the global and political context of the RD Congo, the issue of trade unions is of utmost importance for the promotion of social and distributive justice. Therefore, FES realized a study on the situation of trade unions in this country. This study is entitled “Cartographie des syndicats en RDC: vers une comprehension du monde syndical congolais » .....

Political parties of Central Africa faced with the constraint of professionalism PDF

The vague of democracy that went through Africa in the years 1990 led to the creation of many political parties and associations. In Cameroon for example, individual liberties have been codified through the law No 90/053 of December19th, 1990. Having only one party by 1989, Cameroon witnessed the creation of many other political parties after the birth of multipartism. Today, there are nearly 300 parties in Cameroon for a population estimated to twenty millions inhabitants....

Atelier de réflexion et d’échanges sur l’opérationnalisation de l’interdiction des sacs plastiques non-biodégradables PDF

Voyant la date de mise en application de cette inter-diction par l’État camerounais se rapprocher, la Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) et l’Association Citoyenne de Défense des Intérêts Collectifs (ACDIC) ont organisé un atelier de réflexion sur ce thème. Ainsi, le 31 octobre 2013 dans la salle de conférences de la FES à Yaoundé, l’atelier a vu la participation massive des différentes parties prenantes interpelées par cette question, à savoir le gouvernement, les opérateurs économiques, les consommateurs et la société civile......

L’impératif des alliances dans une démocratie PDF

« L’impératif des alliances dans une démocratie » part du constat que dans chaque démocratie, construire une majorité est nécessaire pour atteindre ses objectifs politiques. Cet impératif s’impose aux différents acteurs de la vie politique.

Il s’en suit donc que tout ce qui relève de la politique nécessite le dialogue, la prise en compte d’autrui et le compromis. C’est sur cette base que les coalitions et alliances d’intérêts peuvent être construites.

Une alliance n’est pas toujours facile à créer, tant à l’intérieur d’une organisation qu’avec d’autres. Le Cameroun, et notamment ses partis d’opposition, en sont un exemple éloquent.

Les contributions de ce livret posent la question de la création des alliances et celle de savoir comment celles-ci peuvent contribuer à la résolution de problèmes politiques et à la construction de l’action démocratique au sein des mouvements sociaux, des partis et des gouvernements. La motivation de la Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung pour la présente publication est de contribuer à une réflexion qui aidera les différents acteurs dans leurs efforts pour construire au Cameroun une démocratie forte, participative et stable.

« L’impératif des alliances dans une démocratie », format pdf, 1.555 ko


Educational reforms finally arriving in Cameroon? PDF

The status of an emergent nation that characterizes the Cameroonian 2035 vision requires new educational options for job creation, decent employment and education.  Contributing its own quota to the attainment of this vision, the Cameroon Teacher’s Trade Union (CATTU) has been engaging, with FES support, in a 3-month lobbying process that aims for a national education forum to hold in 2013. Making a case for education reform, CATTU presented its 4-point lobby document soliciting reforms in the school curriculum, financing of education, human resource development as well as text books policies as a result of various stakeholder consultations on 14 March 2013 at the foundation. Press conferences, audiences and massive sensitizations are CATTU’s advocacy strategies towards educational stakeholders; media, administration, policy makers, community and specialized agencies from March to June 2013.

Combating electoral fraud: second working session between the civil society and political parties PDF

The initiative against electoral fraud has increased in number thanks to the integration of other political parties and other members of CSOs that met on the 19th and 20th February 2013 in the conference hall of the foundation Friedrich Ebert to evaluate the platform of dialogue and collaboration put in place since the 9th October 2012. The overall goal of this initiative is to prevent electoral fraud during the local elections foreseen in 2013, and other subsequent elections. In addition to the ten other parties which are already sensitized on the necessity to work with CSOs for more effectiveness on the ground, PADDEC (Patriotes Démocrates pour le Développement du Cameroun) and UFP (Union pour la Fraternité et la Prospérité) also joint the initiative. On top of the seven initial CSOs, other organization such as ANAJEHCAM (Association des Jeunes Handicapés du Cameroun), LDL (Ligue pour les Droits de l’Homme), Droit au Droit or COSCA (Collective of CSOs in the Adamawa) became members the initiative.

Compromise: a solution to solve the political crisis in the DR Congo? PDF

The training seminar on the « art of compromise » was organized in Kinshasa from the 5th to the 7th February 2013 by the foundation Friedrich Ebert, in collaboration with CNEM (Nation Centre for Mesologic Education). Almost fifty participants coming from ten different regions of the DR Congo took part to seminar. In total, the twenty most representative political parties attended this training session.

The imperative of building alliances in a democratic system, the case of Cameroon PDF

The public debate on the “Imperative of building alliances in a democratic system” was held at the foundation Friedrich Ebert on the 9th November 2012. Almost sixty (60) participants attended this public discussion, namely some members of the diplomatic corps, political party leaders, representatives of the trade unions, of the civil society, as well as some university professors.

Capacity building of trade unionists in Agriculture PDF

The capacity building workshop of trade unionists in the agricultural sector, organized by FES in partnership with CED (Centre for Environment and Development) was held from 6th to 7th December 2012 at the conference hall of the Mont Fébé monastery and on the 8th December 2012 at the conference hall of the foundation Friedrich Ebert. Almost 25 trade unionists coming from big agricultural regions of Cameroon and from big agro-industrial societies such HEVECAM, SOSUCAM, SOCAPALM, PHP took part in this workshop.

Social accountability: an efficient tool to fight against poverty in the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) PDF

The CNEM (National Centre for Mesologic Education) has organized a capacity building seminar for members of political parties and civil society organizations on “social accountability”, from 24th to 25th October 2012 in Kinshasa, DRC in partnership with the foundation Friedrich Ebert. This seminar brought together 50 participants from 13 political parties of the majority and the opposition, as well as 10 other NGOs.

Fighting electoral fraud in Cameroon PDF

The manual “How to prevent and combat corruption in Cameroon” was officially launched at the Mondial Hotel, Bamenda, Cameroon on Thursday, 11th October 2012. 100 representatives from political parties, civil society, the media, local and administrative authorities took part in the launch and received a host of concrete suggestion on what they can do to eradicate fraud in future elections.


International conference on large scale land grabbing in Central Africa PDF

An international conference on the topic “large scale land grabbing” was held in the premises of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Yaoundé), from Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd August 2012. The conference brought together participants from six countries of Central Africa, made up of researchers, jurists, academics, consultants, media practitioners, and representatives of the NGOs.

The Youth and political parties: a platform of discussion and dialogue PDF

The workshop on the theme: “The Youth and Political Parties” was held in the conference hall of the Friedrich Ebert foundation Cameroon/ Central Africa, from 22 to 23 November 2012. Almost 25 young militants of the different political parties from the presidential majority as well as the opposition attended the workshop. Nine (9) different political parties were represented altogether : the RDPC (Rassemblement Démocratique du Peuple Camerounais), UNDP (l’Union Nationale pour la Démocratie et le Progrès), UDC (l’Union Démocratique du Cameroun), UPC (l’Union des Populations du Cameroun), SDF (Social Democratic Front), CPP (Cameroon People’s Party), AFP (l’Alliance des Forces Progressives), MRC (Mouvement pour la Renaissance du Cameroun), and FSNC (Front pour le Salut National du Cameroun). Participants came from eight (8) different regions out of the ten (10) regions of Cameroon.

Compromise: An advanced school of democracy PDF

« How to reconcile diverging interests, how to manage conflicts in a pluralistic society?” These are questions that are at the heart of the book “The Art of compromise”, written by Prof. Thomas Meyer that was publicly discussed at the Friedrich Ebert foundation on the 10th December 2012. Professor Fabien Eboussi Boulaga and Professor Pius Ottou engaged in a discussion with more than 40 people coming from international organizations, political parties, civil society organizations, and the Medias. The debate was moderated by Mrs. Evelyne Owona Essomba.

African Media Barometer in the Democratic Republic Congo PDF

The official launch of the African Media Barometer (AMB) in the Democratic republic Congo took place in Kinshasa, on the 26th October 2012. Nearly 50 participants took place to this official launch, among others the Director of cabinet of the Ministry of the media, representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, the media and political authorities.

8th edition of the FES Summer University/Central African Trade Unions/Oct.1-4/2012/Yaounde PDF


Over 20 Central African trade union leaders are expected in Yaounde from October 1st to 4th 2012, for a capacity building seminar to enable them play a more constructive role in the formulation

Democratic political culture in DR Congo and Germany PDF

Three Members of Parliament from the majority and opposition as well as a representative of the extra-parliamentary opposition in Congo got a taste of political life in Germany. Discussing with members of the state parliament of Thuringia, life in a “Grand Coalition” between ideologically opposing parties of social democrats and Christian democrats was shared. Uwe Höhn, leader of the SPD parliamentary group explained that “Political constellations may force you into a coalition with a party that is actually your opponent. However, in some circumstances you have to bear responsibility and agree with your partner on what can be achieved together in a temporary coalition”

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