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Cameroon: The Stakes and Challenges of Governance and Development

Tangie Nsoh Fonchingong, John Bobuin Gemandze

Publication Year: 2009

This book deals with the important subject of governance and development. Even more significantly, the book has the merits of critically evaluating the concept of good governance in an African context, identifying the internal factors that impinge on good governance and development, and proposing solutions. It provides empirical evidence on the extent to which inappropriate governing strategies are the main internal obstacle to development in Cameroon. The authors discuss factors contributing to precarious and problematic governance from multidisciplinary perspectives, and demonstrate the extent to which such inadequacies impede positive social change. To promote effective development, the authors argue for the implementation of a good governance strategy that comprises, inter alia: adopting appropriate development strategies; decentralizing administration to make for popular participation and ensure accountability; taking the necessary steps to fight corruption; and ensuring the enforcement of property and cultural rights.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Notes on Contributors

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pp. vii-ix

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Preface

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pp. xi-

In November 2005 the department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University Cameroon organized a seminar under the theme ‘‘The Challenges of Governance and Development in Cameroon.’’ The seminar was intended...

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xiv

List of Tables and Figures

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pp. xv-xvi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-9

Development, whatever it means (and it means different things to different people) is indispensable for the well being of people. Africa, the birth place of the humankind and the cradle of civilization is in dire need of...

Section One: Governance and Development

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pp. 11-70

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Introduction

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pp. 13-14

The three chapters that make up the first section of this book focus on the extent to which the government of Cameroon is implementing an appropriate ‘good governance’ programme/policy for development...

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1. Governance and Development: A Review of the Debate in the Cameroonian Context

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pp. 15-36

Governance has become a catchword in the development discourse today. In fact Kaufmann (2005: 41) states that governance – which remains a sensitive and misunderstood topic – is now being given a higher priority in development...

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2. Corruption, Governance and Development in Cameroon

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pp. 37-54

Of all vices in modern society corruption is one of the most pervasive, and although it is currently held to be one of the main obstacles to economic progress in the developing countries, its current existence is, irrespective...

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3. Governance and Poverty Alleviation in Cameroon: Challenges and Opportunies

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pp. 55-70

The state is a response to demands from society, invented as an instrument for improving society’s collective capacity. Thus, major changes in the economic and political realms do influence the design of state structures...

Section Two: Governance and the Higher Education System

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pp. 71-124

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Introduction

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pp. 73-

This section focuses on public university administration and has two chapters which analyse students’ crisis and the appointment of personnel to posts of responsibility within the context of good governance. The thrust of the argument...

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4. Governance in the University System and Students’ Crises in Cameroon

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pp. 75-109

The Students’ crises that wrecked the University of Buea in 2006 and 2007 academic years caught the authorities of the university and those of the Higher Education Ministry off guards and for the first time these authorities...

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5. Governance in the University System in Cameroon: The Appointment of Principal Officers

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pp. 111-124

Governance of the higher education system in the Republic of Cameroon is mostly in the hands of appointed administrative personnel. They occupy different positions with varied job demands or role expectations...

Section Three: Governance and the Economy

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pp. 125-160

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Introduction

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pp. 127-

Governance and economic performance in Cameroon is the focus of this section. In the two chapters that make up the section the authors have demonstrated by the use of statistical data that there is an indisputable relationship...

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6. Governance and Doing Business in Cameroon

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pp. 129-146

Good governance is epitomized by predictable, open, and enlightened policy making (that is, transparent processes); a bureaucracy imbued with a professional ethics; an executive arm of government accountable...

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7. Governance and Economic Growth

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pp. 147-160

As the UN Secretary General—Kofi Annan put it, “Good governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting development.” Around the world, more people are recognizing...

Section Four: Governance and Societal Issues

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Introduction

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pp. 163-164

This last section of the book focuses on societal issues and has three chapters and a conclusion. The tree chapters are contributed by historians as case studies in more or less historical perspective. They concentrate on the media...

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8. Changing Times, the Media and Governance in Cameroon 1961-2005

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pp. 165-184

With the attainment of independence in the 1960s most, if not all, Africans thought the political leaders that succeeded the colonialists would guarantee their hopes and aspirations. However in less than two decades, it was realised...

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9. Governance and Land Conflict: The Case of Aghem-Wum 1966-2005

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pp. 185-197

Aghem is the host village of the headquarters of the Menchum division which is one of the seven administrative units of the Northwest province of Cameroon. The North-west province is situated in the western...

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10. The Afo-A-Kom and Governance in Kom (C.1865 – 1973)

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pp. 199-210

According to Hugh Honour and John Fleming (1995), most works of African art were created for a purpose, whether religious, social, political or exceptionally, to express the artist’s inner vision...

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11. Conclusion: The Problematic of Governance and Development in Cameroon

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pp. 211-214

The contributors to this volume offer a wide-ranging, multidisciplinary and an in-depth exploration of governance policy in Cameroon. It is not practicable to review all the critical issues they have raised here...

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956715619
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956558452

Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2009