The Sustainable Approach to Promote Youths Development Initiatives (SAY-DEVIN) - Cameroon. This is a Social, Economic and Development Oriented Youth Outreach Programme that seeks to contribute in the fight to reduce poverty and enhance Livelihoods. It is a Non-profit making organization that specifically works with the RISKY and VULNERABLE Groups i.e. the Youths, Orphans and other underserved/marginalized socio- professional group of people in the society and those of the formal and informal sectors Ref.No.0021/E.29 /1111/VOL.8/APPB of 20th March 2006 at the Senior Divisional Office for Mezam. Headquarters - Based in the North West Province - Cameroon. Through its local and I... read more The Sustainable Approach to Promote Youths Development Initiatives (SAY-DEVIN) - Cameroon. This is a Social, Economic and Development Oriented Youth Outreach Programme that seeks to contribute in the fight to reduce poverty and enhance Livelihoods. It is a Non-profit making organization that specifically works with the RISKY and VULNERABLE Groups i.e. the Youths, Orphans and other underserved/marginalized socio- professional group of people in the society and those of the formal and informal sectors Ref.No.0021/E.29 /1111/VOL.8/APPB of 20th March 2006 at the Senior Divisional Office for Mezam. Headquarters - Based in the North West Province - Cameroon. Through its local and International partners (SAY-DEVIN) is able to arrange volunteer placements - bringing needed skills to young people in rural and semi-urban communities and offering volunteers a chance to immerse themselves in local culture for a unique life experience. Mission of SAY-DEVIN: SAY-DEVIN is a non-profit and community based organization with a mission to drive long lasting positive and responsible change and improve the living conditions by investing in young people, communities and local innovative ideas. Promote a self-reliance and highly responsible youth society based on a positive valorizing, integral and gender sensitive associative life VISION: A complete world where the youths are more responsible, free from indulging in irresponsible and unproductive acts. PHILOSOHY/ APPROACHES TO BE PROMOTED IN SAY-DEVIN -Interventions shall be purely technical -Promotion and encouragement of self-reliant spirit -Structures and programmes should meet the demands of the target group and partners. -The fight against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmissible infections should be intensified in all SAY-Devin's interventions - Access to health care of identified socio-professional groups is improved. -The program shall be transferable TARGET GROUP ((Young people (Boys and girls) Young development oriented individuals, socio-professional groups ranging from 17 - 35 years, Union of CIGs and, a federation of unions of CIGs. This programme will directly benefit 7000 youths and other vulnerable /marginalized groups of people in the North West and South West of Cameroon by the end of 2008. MENTALITY PROMOTED AMONG THE TARGET GROUP -Working as a facilitator, not as an initiator -Working as service provider, not as a funding/ donor organization. SUPPORT NECESSARY (REQUIRED) -Specialized training (capacity building) -Institutional support (logistics) GLOBAL OBJECTIVES: -Contributing towards improving the social impact of the youths of the informal/private sectors with particular emphasis on females and other vulnerable groups to facilitate, promote and strengthen the economic, social and organizational setup of carrier (SMEs) oriented organizations or movement in Cameroon. -To contribute towards the attempts to solve the social, economic and technical problems of the underprivileged communities with emphasis on youths and vulnerable groups of the informal or private sectors. -Contribute to the improvement of the standard of living of the youths. SAY-DEVIN'S AREAS OF INTERVENTION Community Development Decentralization Local Economic Development Agro forestry activities Gender and Development Education/ Sensitization Capacity Building HIV/AIDS HOW EACH PROGRAMME WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE VISION AND MISSION OF SAY-DEVIN (SAY-DEVIN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES) 1) Programme to facilitate the consolidation and promotion of youths (smes) oriented organisational dynamics. -Facilitate, strengthen and empower youth's economical oriented organizations or movements to influence the society, thereby leading to a positive valorizing and integral associative life. 2) Programme to promote Gender sensitive issues Facilitate and promote the awareness and implementation of gender mean treaming in youths oriented organizations/ activities. 3) Programmes to facilitate the promotion of microfinance/micro-enterprise development for youths (SMEs) oriented organisations. - Facilitate the setting up and promotion of a sustainable and efficiently managed network of savings/credit schemes with operational and financial self-sufficiency, leading to a more equitable distribution of financial resources. .- Facilitate the setup and promotion of a sustainable and efficiently managed input shop (multipurpose shop) to have access to qualitative and affordable inputs for production. - Facilitate the setup of an organized and sustainable market system in order to have better prices for services rendered and goods produced. 4) Programme to facilitate the promotion and ensure sustainability and continuity in agricultural development. Facilitate the promotion of sustainable and profitable agricultural activities in youth's oriented organization. Promotion of rural entrepreneurs. SAY-DEVIN MAIN ACTIVITIES TO ACHIEVE HER MISSION, VISION, AND OBJECTIVES Facilitate the organization and set up of a recognized and organized youth development oriented organization/movement. Facilitate the training and equiping leaders/executing bodies on animation and management of their organizations. Facilitate and assist in the organization and progressive mastery of some agricultural and career/ trade oriented sectors on production, training, storage and marketing techniques. Facilitate and assist them to set up a self- managed and sustainable saving /credit programme to enable them to have access to small production loans and other financial services. Facilitate and assist them put in place a self-managed and sustainable inputs shop (multipurpose shop) to enable them to have access to quality inputs and materials for production at affordable and acceptable prices. Facilitate and assist them to set up a sustainable marketing and communication system to enable them to have better prices for the goods and services. Facilitate and assist them to set up an effective, continuous and sustainable solidarity/mutual health program or micro health insurance scheme in order to have better access to health care. Put in place mechanisms for the sustainability and continuity of SAY-DEVIN. Ensure the coordination of the programme Facilitate and assist in the fight against HIV/AIDS and other transmissible infections in targeted communities. Facilitate and reinforce collaboration between the formal and informal /private sectors. Facilitate and strengthen the capacities of youths through pieces of training, exchange visits, reflection workshops etc. Facilitate the provision of adequate human and logistical resources to health/ educational facilities through lobbying and fund raising. Facilitating the rehabilitation of existing youth and animation centers. Facilitate the creation of a computerized data bank on youth's oriented economic activities. Facilitate the concretization of business mastery for the North and South West Provinces of Cameroon. Facilitate and reinforce sensitization and information on youth-oriented activities through workshops, seminars etc. Facilitate and reinforce the encouragement of youth investment in agro-business and small and medium-sized entrepreneurs. Facilitate and promote a financing/subsidizing programme for real estate promoters grouped in associations. Facilitate and promote the development and awareness of gender-sensitive programmes. Facilitate and promote the creation of a consultation structure to ensure consistency and aligning of the action of the various economic interest groups. ACHIEVEMENTS EDUCATION AND SENSITIZATION. - Mobilized, educated and sensitized young people on the importance of groupings and collective associative life. - Facilitated, structured and restructured of 10 youth CIGs/ EIGs in Bambui, Bamenda, and Santa in Mezam division. - Assisted the youths to identify and organize themselves in productive economic groupings in on and off farming activities. - Carried out education and sensitization programmes on HIV/AIDs and gender-sensitive issues. LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. - Conducted three surveys on difference youth economic groups on the understanding and management of poverty reduction. - Elaboration od 100 technical fact sheet on economic growth for farmers in Kumbo, Bali and Wum area councils. - Two feasibility studies conducted on market opportunities and youth savings scheme. - Twenty individual and group projects appraised in Bamenda 2, Tubah and Santa subdivisions. - Assisted six young farmers' groups in Bambui and Santa to draw up microproject proposals for financing. - Assisted to mobilize, sensitize, set up a village bank and put in place a management BOD and tools in BIFANG village in widikum subdivision. ORGANIZATIONAL SET UP SAY-DEVIN. - The General Assembly; this is the highest decision making organ of the structure. - The BOD - a 7-man team - Programmes/Technical Units - made up of different component headed by competent technical teams. - Staff, partners and a pool of volunteers.
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