As a Management Development Institute (MDI), PAID WA's mission is to contribute to economic and social development of African countries, particularly West Africa, for the improvement of living conditions in these countries. In the pursuit of its strategic objectives, the Institute provides capacity development, consultancy and advisory services for its partners such as government agencies, international and national non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, and private corporations. This document seeks to showcase some of the research related activities of PAID-WA in the past ten years.
a) Some External Research Studies
Ø Socio-economic study of Bokosso, South West region.
Ø Environmental impact assessment for solar energy project.
Ø Evaluation studies on Community Initiative AIDS Control and Prevention (CIACP) program.
Ø Situation analysis of orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) in Ekondo Titi and Isangele Health Districts.
Ø Community Managed Development Initiatives (CMDIs): The Case of Cameroon.
Ø External evaluation of Ballotiral Programme in the North West of Cameroon.
b) PAID-WA's Specific Focused Studies
PAID-WA's strength is greatest in the domain of rural development. From 1969 when the Institute was created, several programmes have been executed in a bid to enhance rural development. Lessons have been learnt over the past 4 decades, with records of success stories in rural development and those that need to be perfected. From integrated rural development of the 70s, to a more holistic approach to community development currently, PAID-WA's focus is on participation as a watch-word. In this process, over 60% of communities in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon, in particular, have experienced PAID-WA's approach in the past 40 years.
The following key activities are carried out:
Village assessment studies empower communities through a participatory process of problem identification, prioritization and strategic planning for solving development problems. The main technique used is participatory rural appraisal (PRA). One of the major outcomes is a Suggested Development Plan (SDP), which is a micro-project emerging from the exercise.
Impact Assessment Study (IAS) provides an opportunity for villagers to assess past development projects (SDPs) with regard to effectiveness, efficiency and impact. Where projects have not been achieved, the assessment team made-up of insiders (from the community) and outsiders (the PAID-WA team) will identify possible causes and strategies of evolving the best way forward in subsequent initiatives. Below are examples of PAID-WA's study interventions in various communities in the past ten years:
- Village Studies of Bova, Mamu, Lysoka and Bonakanda
- Village Studies of Ebonji and Etam
- Village Studies of Bojongo and Mokundange
- Village Studies of Botaland
- Village Studies of Nguti and Manyemen
- Village Studies of Mautu
- Village Studies of Bwasa
- Village Studies of Lewoh and Fonjumetoh
- Village Studies of Small Ekombe, Ekombe Bonji, Kwa-kwa and Nake Bokoko
- Village Studies of Agyati, Bawum, Mbebali, Nseme and Mbebili
- Village Studies of Njindom, Guneku and Njinibi
- Village Studies of Kupe, Peng and Nsuke
- Impact Assessment Studies of Mbonge and Muyuka
- Impact Assessment Studies of Yoke and Malende
- Impact Assessment Studies of Kake II, Etam I, Ebonji and Kombone Mission
- Impact Assessment Studies of Elum/Muekan, Mueba/Ebonemin, Muaku/Njom and Nkack/Epenebel
- Impact Assessment Studies of Ikiliwindi, Kurumeh, Dikomi Bafaw, Manyemen and Nguti
- Impact Assessment Studies of Botaland, Wovia and Bojongo