Lenneke Tange found herself in Ngoumou, a village in the district of Mefou and Akono in the Central Region of Cameroon, on her first working day at World Dynamics of Young People (WDYP). A good start being half of the work, that Thursday 26thMay, a field visit was organised to prepare the awareness raising and training day related to the participative monitoring of public investment budget project (BIP Project phase II).
Together with Caroline Yankep (President of WDYP), Alice Tchoumkeu (Vice-President and BIP project Coordinator) and Michel Fokou (Programme Coordinator of WDYP), Lenneke had the chance to visit the districts where the project is carried out. She participated in several working session with local partners in the field. Through the questions posed during the visits, she was able to understand more of the different aspects of the project. She could also evaluate the progress of the project up to this level, the difficulties that were encountered and the attempts to solve them.
Very happy to have the opportunity to immediately join a field visit, she shared her first impressions: “We have visited the following districts where the project to monitor the public investment budget is carried out: Bikok centre, Ngoumou, Akono and Mbankomo. In these places we have met the local partners and discussed the progress of the project. According to me the meetings were well organized: the partners were informed beforehand and partners in the field were contacted by phone. Next to discussing the progress of the project, information concerning the awareness raising and training day that will take place on Friday 3rd, June was shared.’” The explanations and information were clear according to her and there were enough possibilities to ask questions. “I think it is very important to talk face-to-face with the people in the field in order to ensure a good and smooth execution of the project. During our visit we received the preliminary lists of participants for the sensitization of the 3rd of June. The field visit helped me to better understand the activities of WDYP within the BIP project and I am looking forward to be at the meeting next week.”
The BIP project is part of the “Youth Political and Juridical Culture” programme. It is a logical continuation of the project “Acquaintance with and ownership of Democratic Institutions.” WDYP tries to interest youth for governance instruments of the country at central and decentralized level. The participation of the youth in the project to monitor the local government investment budgets helps to ensure that the projects are actually realized as they are planned. The project also aims at preventing corruption or bad management that can cause the projects not to be completed at all or to be realized in a poor way.