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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2011): Community regeneration and development - overseas

The impact of government on grassroots level community development initiative in the Northwest region of Cameroon

A.A. Alasah

Community Development Journal, vol. 46, 2011, p. 196-212

This article critiques government policies promoting community development in rural communities in Northwest Cameroon. It argues that the failure of development in Cameroon is not due to the lack of well designed plans but to the government's inability to implement them. Government's efforts to translate its plans into action for the benefit of communities are failing due to corruption, lack of law enforcement mechanisms, ethno-regional segregation, and lack of participation in decision-making by local people.

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