Forsac-Tata et al
Greener Journal of Social Sciences Vol. 5 (1), pp. 020-035, January 2015
ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2015 GJSS
Manuscript Number: 020215027
The Contributions of Local Development Agencies towards Poverty Reduction: Case of the South West Development Authority, Cameroon
*1Dorothy Forsac-Tata, 2Joyce B. Endeley and 3Fondo Sikod
1Lecturer at the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Buea, Cameroon
2Professor of Agricultural Extension Services and Gender Studies, University of Buea, Cameroon. Email: joyceendeley@ yahoo. com
3Professor of Economics, University of Yaounde 2, SOA, Cameroon. Email: fsikod2002@ yahoo. com
*Corresponding author’s Email: dorothyforsac @gmail. com.
Tel: (+237) 699 938 603 / 677 747 302
Since the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals, the global focus on poverty reduction has been enormous. However, poverty still remains a major challenge especially in sub-Saharan Africa where the proportion of people below the poverty line is on the rise. Efforts towards poverty reduction in this region have included among other things the creation of local development agencies. This paper uses both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection to examine the contributions of local development agencies towards poverty reduction in the South West Region of Cameroon. The paper concludes that though local development agencies are a major partner in the fight against poverty, their successes are usually short-lived. No real transformation takes place as five years down the road, the number of poor does not reduce, nor the poor transformed into non-poor.
Key words: Poverty, poverty reduction, transformation, the poor.
Baye, M. F. (2005). “Growth, Redistribution and Poverty and Poverty Changes in Cameroon: A Shapley Decomposition Analysis”.
Breth, A. S. (Ed.) (1997). Overcoming Rural Poverty in Africa. Geneva: Center for Applied Studies in International Negotiations.
Chene, F. (1989). The Silent Revolution in Africa: Debt, Development and Democracy. London: Zed Press.
Cheru, F. (2006). “Building and Supporting PRSPs in Africa: what has worked well so far? What needs changing?”Third World Quarterly, Vol. 27, No 2pp 355 – 376. London: Routledge.
Cornwall, A. & Brock, K. (2005). “Beyond Buzzwords: “Poverty Reduction”, Participation” and “Empowerment” in Development Policy” Programme Paper Number 10 New York: UNRISD.
FAO (2010). The State of Food Insecurity in the World: Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises. Rome: FAO
I.M.F (2003). Cameroon: Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper Washington D. C: IMF.
IMF/World Bank (1999a). Building Poverty Reduction Strategies in Developing Countries Washington, DC: World Bank.
IMF/World Bank (1999b). Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers: Operational Issues. Washington, DC: World Bank.
IMF (2008). “Cameroon: Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper – Progress Report” IMF Country Report No 08/1. Washington D. C.: IMF
IMF (2010). “Cameroon: Poverty Reduction Strategy” IMF Country Report No 10/257 Washington D. C.: IMF.
Lipton, M. (1977) Why Poor People Stay Poor. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
McGee, R & Brock, K (2001). “From poverty assessment to policy change: processes, actors and data”, IDS Working Paper 133.
MINEPAT (2009), “Cameroon Vision 2035: Working Paper” MINEPAT.
Mkandawire, T & Soludo, S (1999). Our Continent, Our Future: African Perspectives on Structural Adjustment. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.
Murray, W. E., Koussary & Barton, J. R. (2009). “Land of Miracles? A critical analysis of poverty reduction strategies in Chile, 1975 – 2005” IDRC.
National Institute of Statistics (2008). “Tendances, profil et déterminants de la pauvreté au Cameroun entre 2001-2007” in Troisième Enquête Camerounaise Auprès de Ménages (ECAM 3).
NEPAD (2001). New Partnership for African Development.
Nji, A. (2004). Why the Poor Remain Poor: Key Elements for Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development, Yaounde: BumarKor Publisher Ltd.
Ravillion, M (2006). “Poverty and Growth” in Clark D. A. (Ed.) The Elgar Companion to Development Studies. UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Inc.
Thin, N. (2004). “Post-basic Education and Training, Enabling Environment and Pathways to Poverty Reduction” Background Paper for the University of Edinburg/DFID Research Project. University of Edinburg: Unpublished
UNDP (2003). Evaluation of UNDP’s Role in the PRSP Process, Volume 1: Main Report New York: UNDP Evaluation Office.
UNDP (2013). Human Development Report 2013 Oxford: Oxford University Press.
United Nations (2013). The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 New York: UN.
World Bank. (2001). Engendering Development Washington: The World Bank.
World Bank (2004). The Poverty Reduction Strategy Initiative: An Independent Evaluation of the World Bank’s Support through 2003. Washington, DC: World Bank Operations Evaluation Department.
World Bank Group (2014) “Prosperity for All” Ending Extreme Poverty” Washington, DC: The World Bank.
Zuckerman, E & Garrett, A (2003). Do Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) address Gender? A Gender Audit of 2002 PRSPs. Washington, DC: Gender Action Publications.
Call for Papers/Books/Thesis
Call for Scholarly Articles
Authors from around the world are invited to send scholary articles that suits the scope of this journal. The journal is currently open to submissions and will process articles promptly and publish ready articles daily in each current issue.
The journal is centered on quality and goes about its processes in a very timely fashion. Seasoned editors/reviewers will be consulted to review each article(s), profer quality evaluations and polish the articles with expertise before publication.
Simply send your article(s) as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.