The Management Board of COHESODEC hereby actively participates in the elaboration and adoption of this strategic development document aimed at laying down a working methodology of the organization for the next five (5) years. i.e. 2016 -2020. This document is expected to serve as a working instrument for all departments of COHESODEC as well as a reference document to all stakeholders working or intending to serve as potential stakeholders or affiliates with the organization. The idea is to match the objectives of COHESODEC with an effective anticipation methodology, so as to enable the real aspirations of the people of Cameroon met over a period of five years with a view to foresee social change in society.COHESODEC activities in the field are therefore aimed to serve as a catalyst for Cameroon’s growth and development.
However, there are some envisaged challenges that may hamper the smooth implementation of our set goals within this period as clearly stipulated in this document. There are five factors which at the same time account for the formulation of this five years strategic plan. These factors include; Stakes, the Vision and It’s Objectives, Implementation Strategies and Related Threats, Risk and Obstacles Which Constitute Challenges;
STAKES;
The main challenge is to secure project funding from stakeholders in the various thematic areas involved in the development process of the country as well as other development aspects aimed at ameliorating the living conditions of the vulnerable/marginalized and ensuring the social well being of all segment of Cameroonians. However, we believe as stakeholders in the development process of Cameroon, we will conveniently secure funding from foreign donors through official development assistance/direct foreign assistance, grants as well as from other benefactors of international institutions, private companies, U.N related funding agencies and the state of Cameroon through partnership which we believe will greatly complement our development efforts as nation builders to significantly ameliorate on the deplorable living conditions of a vast segment of vulnerable/marginalized Cameroonians once this major challenge is overcome. This will therefore enable us achieve our set objectives as well as attain our overall expectations which will significantly impact the population thereby ensuring sustainable development for all vulnerable Cameroonians thereby leading to the impartation of professional skills and subsequent incorporation into mainstream society of all the marginalized.

However, the overall objective will be to significantly ameliorate the social living conditions of all Cameroonians. The vision also has as medium term objectives to significantly alleviate poverty among the socially vulnerable/Marginalized and less privileged as well as ensure the consolidation of democracy and the promotion of good governance in all sectors of the country. Poverty alleviation implies bringing poverty to minimal levels that can be tolerated at the social level ensuring strong, sustained and job generating activities on the one hand and by increasing, extending and improving social services including health, education, housing , trainings, water supply, electricity, roads etc on the other hand .The vision also envisages changing the strategy of advocacy at the social level and ensuring the improvement of the living conditions of most Cameroonians through social services thereby enhancing the empowerment of all the underprivileged segments of our populations especially those in rural communities across the country.

Implementation Strategies;
To achieve the expected results/overall expectations, overall implementation strategies shall be highly considered. In terms of programming in phases, emphasis will first be laid on the setting up of milestones for significant improvements and amelioration of the living conditions of the entire population of Cameroon. Secondly, the organization will enhance the education, sensitization, mobilization, training, monitoring, support and employ information exchange strategies, ensure massive campaigning , lobbying and advocacy, organize press conferences with press men and women including the general population and all stakeholders in all health and social domains across the country, ensure that the organization actively participates in all health and social programs with regards to field implementation of projects and networking with all stakeholders through two phases will be underpinned by an ambitions strategy to ensure the advancement of democracy, good governance and management strategies with blueprint for a resource allocation strategy and development funding assistance strategy to the organization.

Threats, Risks, and Obstacles;
Achieving such ambitions and objectives requires proper mastery of some institutional, political, sociological and international factors that constitute threats, risks and obstacles to the achievement of the vision, at the political and institutional level, such factors include; political transitions which may take place admits violence and instability, participation of men and women of various social segments, social justice and peace.
At the sociological level, behaviours that stem from sociological fragmentation, needs to be addressed. At the international level, there is globalization with it’s series of constraints which should be foreseen.

Preparatory Process of the Strategic Development Plan

This strategic development plan was designed by the Management Board of COHESODEC. It therefore became necessary to brainstorm on a five years development strategy of the organization for Cameroon. In coming out with this plan, we resolved to embark on two approaches, that is the exploratory and the normative approaches, by so doing, we decided to put in place a five year development plan requiring long term planning implying we should set long term objectives from the outset and translate them into strategies and them to programs and projects based on prior diagnosis. However, the normative approach was most favoured as it is less consuming in terms of time, staff, equipments and funds. We established a system of information collection and analysis of the population’s expectations not leaving out statistics of past studies and we equally analyzed the choices of stakeholders and affiliates. We collected statistical data with regards to our survey based on seven perspectives; Health Institutions, Social Institutions, Social Development Institutions, Local Councils, Social Services, Infrastructural Development Institutions and Environmental Protection Institutions.

With all these surveys, we were able to get the needs and expectations of Cameroonians, based on our questionnaires sent out. This document is therefore a reflection of the opinion of Cameroonians. Also with regards to implementing future developmental projects with stakeholders and other affiliates, we resolved to the identification of several projects spanding from all aspects of health and social development for the improvement of Cameroon. This strategic development plan was designed based on the responses from the general public in relevant hypothesis of status quo for the improvement of Cameroon. The strategic development plan was designed based on the responses from the general public in relation to challenges faced in past visibility studies with the hope to meet the high expectations and needs of the population and policy ambitions for the Cameroonian people in the next five years. Strategies to render the development plan operational were developed based on challenges, essential stakes and expected results that ensued development projects implemented successfully in other countries leading them to their emergence.

 
STAKES;
The main challenge is to secure project funding from stakeholder in the various thematic areas involved in the development process of the country as well as other development aspects aimed at ameliorating the living conditions of the vulnerable/marginalized and ensuring the social well being of all segment of Cameroonians. However, we believe as stakeholders in the development process of Cameroon, we will conveniently secure funding from foreign donors through official development assistance/direct foreign assistance, grants as well as from other benefactors of international institutions, private companies, U.N related funding agencies and the state of Cameroon through partnership which we believe will greatly complement our development efforts as nation builders to significantly ameliorate on  the deplorable living conditions of a vast segment of vulnerable/marginalized  Cameroonians once this major challenge is overcome. This will therefore enable us achieve our set objectives as well as attain our overall expectations which will significantly impact the population thereby ensuring sustainable development for all vulnerable Cameroonians thereby leading to the impartation of professional skills and subsequent incorporation into mainstream society of all the marginalized.
 
The Vision and It’s Objectives;
This strategic development plan for the next five years which has as main aim to significantly ameliorate the living conditions of a substantial segment of Cameroonians equally hopes to helps to enable the country emerge by 2035.This strategic development document hinges on the results of past studies, identification of the populations needs, aspirations and ambitions of Cameroonians of all categories especially the socially vulnerable/marginalised groups who constitute over 65% of the entire population. In particular, the vision synchronizes the aspirations and hopes of the COHESODEC Management Board members as follows;
 
Ensure that All Terminal Diseases, Pandemics, Epidemics, Non Tropical Disease, Tropical Diseases, Transmissible Diseases as Well as Catastrophes are Significantly Reduced from the Country;
 
Promote and Encourage Nutrition-Intake, Sanitation as Well as Significantly Reduce Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Mortality, Not Leaving Out The Prevention of All Neglected Tropical Diseases in Cameroon.
 
Promote, Support and Ameliorate the Social Wellbeing of Orphans, Vulnerable Children, the Underprivileged, Women, Youths, the Elderly, Marginalized segment of the population and Refugees in Cameroon.
 
Promote and Monitor Transparency, Health and Social Governance, Professional Ethics, Human Rights, All Social Ills in Our Country Cameroon as Well as Advocate Against Climate Change.
 
Promote All Aspects Of Social Development, Create Thousands Of Jobs Through Income Generating Activities, And Promote Agriculture, Food Security And Livestock Production In Cameroon.
 
Sensitize and Mobilize All Cameroonians to Massively Participate in All Elections in Cameroon, Observe the Process and Uphold Democracy to Ensure Social Peace for the Country.
 
However, the overall objective will be to significantly ameliorate the social living conditions of all Cameroonians. The vision also has as medium term objectives to significantly alleviate poverty among the socially vulnerable/Marginalized and less privileged as well as ensure the consolidation of democracy and the promotion of good governance in all sectors of the country. Poverty alleviation implies bringing poverty to minimal levels that can be tolerated at the social level ensuring strong, sustained and job generating activities on the one hand and by increasing, extending and improving social services including health, education, housing , trainings, water supply, electricity, roads etc on the other hand .The vision also envisages changing the strategy of advocacy at the social level and ensuring the improvement of the living conditions of most Cameroonians through social services thereby enhancing the empowerment of all the underprivileged segments of our populations especially those  in rural communities across the country.
 
Implementation Strategies;
To achieve the expected results/overall expectations, overall implementation strategies shall be highly considered. In terms of programming in phases, emphasis will first be laid on the setting up of milestones for significant improvements and amelioration of the living conditions of the entire population of Cameroon. Secondly, the organization will enhance the education, sensitization, mobilization, training, monitoring, support and employ information exchange strategies, ensure massive campaigning , lobbying and advocacy, organize press conferences with press men and women including the general population and all stakeholders in all health and social domains across the country, ensure that the organization actively participates in all health and social programs with regards to field implementation of projects and networking with all stakeholders through two phases will be underpinned by an ambitions strategy to ensure the advancement  of democracy, good governance and  management  strategies with blueprint for a resource allocation strategy and development funding assistance strategy to the organization.
 
Threats, Risks and Obstacles;
Achieving such ambitions and objectives requires proper mastery of some institutional, political, sociological and international factors that constitute threats, risks and obstacles to the achievement of the vision, at the political and institutional level, such factors include; political transitions which may take place admits violence and instability, participation of men and women of various social segments, social justice and peace.
 At the sociological level, behaviours that stem from sociological fragmentation, needs to be addressed. At the international level, there is globalization with it’s series of constraints which should be foreseen.
 
Preparatory Process of the Strategic Development Plan
 
This strategic development plan was designed by the Management Board of COHESODEC. It therefore became necessary to brainstorm on a five years development strategy of the organization for Cameroon. In coming out with this plan, we resolved to embark on two approaches, that is the exploratory and the normative approaches, by so doing, we decided to put in place a five year development plan requiring long term planning implying we should set long term objectives from the outset and translate them into strategies and them to programs and projects based on prior diagnosis.However, the normative approach was most favoured as it is less consuming in terms of time, staff, equipments and funds. 

We established a system of information collection and analysis of the population’s expectations not leaving out statistics of past studies and we equally analyzed the choices of stakeholders and affiliates. We collected statistical data with regards to our survey based on seven perspectives; Health Institutions, Social Institutions, Social Development Institutions, Local Councils, Social Services, Infrastructural Development Institutions and Environmental Protection Institutions.
With all these surveys, we were able to get the needs and expectations of Cameroonians, based on our questionnaires sent out. This document is therefore a reflection of the opinion of Cameroonians. Also with regards to implementing future developmental projects with stakeholders and other affiliates, we resolved to the identification of several projects spanding from all aspects of health and social development for the improvement of Cameroon. 

This strategic development plan was designed based on the responses from the general public in relevant hypothesis of status quo for the improvement of Cameroon. The strategic development plan was designed based on the responses from the general public in relation to challenges faced in past visibility studies with the hope to meet the high expectations and needs of the population and policy ambitions for the Cameroonian people in the next five years. Strategies to render the development plan operational were developed based on challenges, essential stakes and expected results that ensued development projects implemented successfully in other countries leading them to their emergence.
 
Vision Statement
Our vision is to put in place a health and social structure to educate, sensitize support, assist , monitor, ameliorate, encourage, prevent malnutrition, transmissible and non transmissible diseases, promote proper nutrition and fight against all tropical diseases that affect children, women and adolescence. Our vision includes fighting to avert and prevent pandemics, epidemics from ravaging our population as well as advocate for the rights of orphans, vulnerable children, the under-privileged in our society. However, our main focus is on all health and social issues for example the fight against Malaria, HIV/AIDS, cholera, T.B, diabetes, mental health, fight against the sale of illicit drugs, provide social care to the ageing population, advocate for the social  rights of street children, women and all the underprivileged in our Cameroonian society, fight against neglected tropical  diseases, advocate for and prevent catastrophes’ through education, sensitization and also managing the outcome for a better Cameroon of the future. e.t.c in fact we are working in all domains that have to do with health and social development. COHESODEC’S vision is to live in a country where all its citizens live in absolute health, comfortable living standards where human dignity and human rights are respected and strongly upheld.
 
Mission Statement
Our mission is to improve on the health and social living standards of Cameroonians and to eradicate all terminal diseases, pandemics and epidemics that continue to pose a danger to our population. We also seek to strengthen and ensure effective mobilization, sensitization, communication and training on health and social programs, support and advocate for the rights of orphans and vulnerable children.
We seek to promote the wellbeing of a significant proportion of Cameroonians in several health and social domains as can be seen in our objectives. COHESODEC also mobilizes communities and strengthens their capacities to prevent, control and mitigate the impact of epidemics and pandemics in Cameroon. We intervene in crisis settings to improve on the social well being of victims of catastrophes, encourage survivals, promote and improve nutrition intake to all segments of Cameroonians. Equally we offer training, counselling and research in several domains as can be seen in our objectives. COHESODEC is a development organization in Cameroon having competence in diverse domains to render services to communities and related partners through a process of reflection, dialogue and action involving the active participation of all stakeholders to ameliorate the living conditions of Cameroonians. We also provide a form for sharing knowledge on contemporary development issues and developing local strategies for action. We empower/enhance capacities of target communities, groups and individuals for proper functioning, ensuring wellbeing and a significant improvement in the quality of life of all Cameroonians irrespective of their social or ethnic origins. We equally enhance institutional collaboration and networking with partners having similar objectives.
 
Principles /Core Values
Respect state laws, human dignity, promote positive norms and values of the society, respect organizational policies, promote health development programs, promote gender sensitive development issues, social protection and the promotion of good governance.
 
Identity Statement
COHESODEC is a national organization virtually working with all groups of people in diverse domains without religious, political or ethnic affiliations.
 
General/Major Objectives
 
1)      Eradicate and prevent all terminal diseases, pandemics epidemics, tropical and non tropical diseases, transmissible and non transmissible diseases and manage foreseen and unforeseen catastrophes in our Cameroonian communities.
2) Encouraged, support and promote nutrition-intake, balanced diets, clean water and sanitation, ensure food security and food self-insufficiency, so as to fight against malnutrition, hunger, infant mortality and high death rate in our Cameroonian societies. Organize seminars with all health and social stakeholders and build on their capacities.
3) Promote, support, ameliorate and encourage social care for orphans and vulnerable children, women, Refugees, the disable, the underprivileged, prisoners, pupils and students, street children, the old and all in health and social domains that are marginalized in our communities.
4) To create jobs to thousands of Cameroonians through the initiation of income generating activities, so as to stamp out unemployment, poverty and banditry from our Cameroonian society.
5) To advocate against all social ills such as rape, abortion, torture, prostitution, corruption, embezzlement, vandalism, jungle justice, homosexuality and lesbianism which constitute a major problem in our society.
6) Encourage, sensitize and mobilize all Cameroonians especially in social gatherings to massively participate in all elections in Cameroon, observe it’s outcome for social peace and fight against the consumption of harmful drugs, weapons and finally to mobilize widows, social youth and women groups, social agricultural and live stock producers and advocate for their social rights and responsibilities in our Cameroonian communities.
 
Specific Objectives/Goals
 
1. Eradicate and prevent all terminal diseases, pandemics, epidemics, tropical diseases, non tropical diseases that pose a threat to our Cameroonian society, catastrophes, transmissible and non transmittable diseases that remain a threat to the population of Cameroon.
2. Promote, support and ameliorate the living Standards of the underprivileged and disable in our society and country as a whole and ensure social protection on the environment by the population, so as to ensure the social wellbeing of all Cameroonians from the impending effects of climate change.
3. Ensure that social right of children, women, refugees, disable, and underprivileged are respected in our Cameroonian society.
4. Encourage and promote nutrition-intake, good health care and balance diets to all Cameroonians especially Children women and the less privileged in society so as to stamp out malnutrition from our country.
5. Promote access to social and health facilities by all, regardless of social status and background and to encourage affordable health and social care, so as to ameliorate the wellbeing and living standards of Cameroonians.
6. Ensure social insurance coverage for all regardless of occupation/ profession provided one is a Cameroonian and whether working in the public or private   Sector, be it primary secondary or tertiary sectors of the economy.
7. Support and ameliorate the living and working conditions of the social strata of our Cameroonian society especially concerning salary increases to auxiliary workers of our Country.
8. To create jobs to several Cameroonians through the initiation of income generation activities including all basic sectors of our economy, so as to completely stamp out unemployment and poverty in our Cameroonian society.
9. To sensitize and encourage Social mobilization of all Cameroonians to massively participate in all elections in Cameroon and to observe the electoral process to ensure social peace that is vital for the national Development of every Country.
10. Advocate and ensure that favourable social rights of inmates in our prisons are ameliorated and respected; this is to lay emphasize on all essential human rights of prison inmates and ensure that these rights are fully respected and our prisons serve as reformation centres’ and not centres for more crime and drugs abuse which lead to the untimely death of many inmates in our Cameroonian prisons.
11. Promote and encourage conducive social and infrastructural development and basic social needs to Schools so as to ensure a favourable study environment for pupils and students in Cameroonian Schools.
12. Look after orphans and vulnerable children in our society, accommodate street children and later re-unite them with their families or foster parents.
13. To fight against the falling moral standards in our society such as prostitution vandalism, theft and Jungle justice which remain a measure problem in our Cameroonian society,
14. To fight against social ills such as Torture, rape, abortion, corruption and embezzlement, homosexuality and lesbianism in our Cameroonian society.
15. Promote, support, modernize and encourage social groups that are aimed at improving and ensuring food security and food self sufficiency for Cameroon, thereby promoting agricultural sustainability for the future especially during periods of adverse climatic conditions such as drought which could render agricultural production low or practically impossible for the producing communities.
16. To promote, support and organize capacity building seminars and workshops in all health and social domains so as to enhance higher productivity, effectiveness and social skills in community governance as well as ensure greater efficiency in these sectors all over the country.
17. Promote and facilitate community development through the initiation of essential community based projects and ensure effective execution so as to improve and ameliorate the livelihood and living standards of local inhabitants of our country.
18. To fight against the consumption and use of harmful drugs and weapons such as tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, guns and several other harmful weapons that is dangerous to the health and social wellbeing of Cameroonians.
19. To promote social groups of livestock producers, bring them together, support and encourage their activities so as to increase meat production in the country as well as the level of protein intake of Cameroonians.
20. Promote and mobilize widows, advocate for their social rights and educate them on their responsibilities in their families and equally fight against human and especially child trafficking in our community.
 
HIV/AIDS Specific National Strategic Plan from  2016-2020
 In order to significantly reduce the incidence of HIV /AIDS in Cameroon as well as the inadequacies in the fight against the pandemic in all communities across the country, the Management Board of COHESODEC decided to come out with this peculiar strategic plan for the next five years to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic from Cameroon. The aim of this plan is to scale down morbidity and mortality linked to HIV/AIDS, other S.T.I infections and to reduce the To scale down the spread of HIV/AIDS among the general population and especially involving priority target groups through the implementation of effective preventive measures;
 To improve the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHIV/AIDS) through a better global care.
 To scale down the socioeconomic impact of the disease on PLWHIV/AIDS, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (O.V.C.’S) and other affected persons;
 To strengthen social mobilization and the appropriation of all other stakeholders in the eradication process of the pandemic;
 To strengthen health and community systems in the country in order to favour long term interventions
 To strengthen the availability of a strategic information system, its adequate use for decision making and the improvement of interventions;
 To strengthen coordination, resource mobilization and a national response management system.
socioeconomic impact of the pandemic on the country’s development. Specifically, these strategic development objectives for the 2016-2020 periods for the fight against the pandemic are as follows;
This HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan which is elaborated with the involvement of all the entire COHESODEC Management Board lays particular emphasis on the following principles; multi-sectorality, decentralization of interventions ,strengthening of leadership at all levels, increase involvement of PLWHIV /AIDS, intervention targets taking into consideration important aspects such as gender, human right and equity with regards to the Paris declaration , planning ,results based management and budgeting, good governance and the respect of environmental norms. The operationalisation of this national strategic plan will be done through sectoral, regional and local plans to fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic and S.T.I’s across the country. The monitoring of the implementation, progress and performance as well as evaluation will be performed within the framework of a national monitoring and evaluation national plan. This elaborated plan is broken down into seven (7) points as follows;
 
Strategic point 1; strengthening the prevention of HIV/AIDS and STI’s  transmissions;
Expected results; HIV/AIDS and S.T.I’s incidence is significantly reduced by half among the general population and specific target groups.
 
Strategic point 2; Strengthening the access to treatment.
Expected results; PLWHIV/AIDS’ life significantly improved upon thanks to a better access to a global and proper care in health structures and at the community level.
 
Strategic point 3; Strengthening the support given to PLWHIV/AIDS, OVC’s as well as affected people.
Expected results; the psychological, social and economic impact of HIV/AIDS on PLWHIV/AIDS, OVC’s and other affected people is significantly reduced during the period 2016-2020.
 
Strategic point 4; Appropriation of the fight against HIV/AIDS by all stakeholders in the eradication process
Expected results; the fight against HIV/AIDS is consolidated in different public, private (formal and informal) sectors and in decentralized local collectivities.
 
Strategic point 5; strengthening the health system in Cameroon
Expected results; the health sector has enough technical and operational resources in order to ensure an effective response to HIV/AIDS during the 2016-2020 period.
 
Strategic point 6; Strengthening strategic information.
Expected results; during the 2016-2020 period, an accurate and up- to –date strategic information is available and used by stakeholders for the response to HIV/AIDS.
 
Strategic point 7; Strengthening partnership, coordination and management
Expected results; during the period 2016-2020, national coordination and dialogue mechanisms with partners are strengthened and funds are effectively mobilized for the implementation.
 
TARGET
Our target include all children of both sexes from 0-18 years, women from 18 – 50 years and the ageing population of both sexes for 60 – 110 years old.
 
VALUES OF COHESODEC
Our values consist of identifying, anticipating and meeting up with the development needs of Cameroonians thereby significantly ameliorating the living conditions of the vulnerable and marginalized population of Cameroon as well as complementing and achieving the full potentials of the Organization. Below are some of our values briefly analyzed;
 
I, A Strong Mobilization Capacity;
By 2020, COHESODEC intends to have a strong mobilization capacity of all vulnerable Cameroonians, stakeholders and affiliates to work hand in glove to ensure the absolute realization of it’s vision which among others include a strong mobilization capacity which is vital for meaningful development within the health and social context of Cameroon thereby enabling/allowing for the significant improvement /amelioration in the living conditions of a greater segment of vulnerable/marginalized Cameroonians.
 
II, Visibility of Actions in the Field;
COHESODEC hopes to make its actions and activities visible in the field by 2020. The action of the organization expects to be much more visible in all it’s areas of intervention as well as create a great impact among Cameroonians in all social spheres and strata across the country. The actions of the organization expect to be made more visible through the involvement of all concerned citizens and stakeholders in the development process of the country. COHESODEC’s actions and activities in the field must not just be visible but impactful and significantly ensure the transformation of the lives of target vulnerable/marginalized Cameroonians across the country.
 
III, Integrity;
The organization seeks to promote strong moral principles among all Cameroonians citizens and it’s stakeholders/affiliates in a world dominated by dishonest people. By building a culture of personal and professional integrity among Cameroonians is a giant step towards accompanying the state of Cameroon in achieving it’s emergence vision by 2035. The culture of integrity which is lacking in most Cameroonians stems from the fact that not all public and private training institutions in Cameroon own moral instructors. 

COHESODEC therefore seeks to strongly advocate and ensure that the situation is reversed through massive education and sensitization campaigns using all media organs, seminars and workshop where strong advocacy will be made for policy change. Given that COHESODEC’s Management Board is made up of people of high moral integrity and social standing in society, this board is determined to build a Cameroonians society of people with high moral integrity.
 
IV, Transparency;
By 2020, COHESODEC intends to promote transparency in all spheres of national life in Cameroon. Corruption and injustices which are almost becoming a way of life in the country must be significantly stamped out. COHESODEC hereby seeks to wage a relentless war against corruption through launching a mass anti-corruption campaign nation wide and to advocate strongly for the Cameroon anti-corruption commission to be empowered not just to be publishing the list of corrupt Cameroonians but to be given the absolute mandate to prosecute in collaboration with the judiciary and to punish all those found wanting in arts of corruption. COHESODEC Management Board members in drafting this document have hereby pledge their total commitment to teach by example. In this regard therefore, they have promised to judiciously manage the funds of the organizations in absolute transparency/fairness so as enable COHESODEC achieve it’s overall objectives as clearly stipulated in this five years strategic development document.

Equally, all COHESODEC Management Board members have renewed their commitment to present sequential reports with regards to the work done in their respective departments as per the constitution of the organization, to also fully respect the internal rules and regulations of the organization and to be accountable of all funds spent in carrying out the organization projects/activities. Accountability is therefore a watch word in COHESODEC, reason why all stakeholders, affiliates and members of staff working with the organization must strictly respect all agreements, memorandum of understanding etc as well as the internal rules and regulations respectively governing the organization.
 
V, Durability;
COHESODEC seeks to work for durable and sustainable development by 2020. The organization shall institute and implement programs and projects that are impactful in all Cameroonian communities and society as a whole as well as ensure long lasting, remarkable and precious sustainable programs to Cameroonian communities. COHESODEC also seeks to institute and implement projects that are transformational, durable and will significantly ameliorate on the living conditions of a significant proportion of Cameroonians. Durability will therefore be assured in the quality of projects executed/implemented by COHESODEC in all target communities across the country.
 
VI, Valorisation;
COHESODEC intends to muster great courage to achieve it’s rather very demanding mission of promoting democracy and the fight against human rights violations and abuses. The accomplishment of the vision and it’s objectives equally requires great courage as there exist several threats and distractions in the realization of this rather demanding but fulfilling task. Valour being an indispensible virtue for advocacy and sustainable development must therefore be upheld to ensure the success of all envisaged projects vital for the health and social advancement of Cameroon. Valorisation will therefore constitute a tool for COHESODEC in it’s efforts to ameliorate the social wellbeing as well as enhance the development of Cameroon.
 
VII, Good Management;
Enhancement of good management which is an indispensable backing for strategic development enables COHESODEC’S leadership to be dynamic, responsible, proactive, constantly anticipating cyclical and structural adjustments and putting in place at all levels of responsibility performances-oriented management principles which are attractive and ensures accountability. Good Management will equally enhance fruitful partnerships necessary for the accomplishment of the organizations visions and the diversification and development of new forms of partnerships vital for the development and advancement of Cameroon we believe will equally be very necessary for these development prospects. 

COHESODEC’s leadership led by it’s Management Board, must therefore put in place virtues of transparency, integrity, moral probity humility love and respect which are widely accepted qualities of good management which is and remains the most remedial aspect necessary for the successful and proper management of project funds as well as the prudent implementation of developmental projects of the organization. Good management in COHESODEC also allows for careful monitoring of human resources output and the evaluation of progress in project implementation. Equally, good management in COHESODEC entails the ability to foresee any foreseeable and unforeseeable risks and obstacles involved in the management of all projects implemented by the organizations through it’s visions or in collaboration with the organizations Management Board.
 
VIII, Be A Leader in Thematic Areas of Health and Social Development;
By 2020, COHESODEC intends to emerge as leader in all thematic areas of health and social development in the country. However, this can only be made possible through extreme hard work and substantial impact in all communities across the country.
With a decentralized administration in COHESODEC at the service of development, COHESODEC hope to become a leader in these thematic areas of health and social development by the end of this envisage period of i.e 2016-2020 as stipulate in this strategic development document. COHESODEC being a committed and forward looking organization is determined to play it’s significant role vital for the emergence of Cameroon by the year 2035.Implementing giant projects and respecting project guidelines will therefore allow for an effective leadership in these focused thematic areas which are quite diverse as can be seen in our general and specific objectives.
 
IX, Adequate Participation;
The organization intends to ensure adequate participation in all events of national life with regards to the celebration/ commemoration of all national/U.N instituted days .COHESODEC shall be actively involved in such commemorations to create awareness and significant impact in all areas/aspects of society as scheduled by 2020.The COHESODEC Management Board shall where need be allocate resources and ensure the active participation of the entire population in such international days/commemorations. The organization will equally ensure adequate participation in national and international events where the role of Civil Society Organizations is highly solicited. COHESODEC likewise intends to ensure active participation in elections and animation of community life in target communities across the country. The organization shall from time to time organize events in various communities across the country and ensure the active participation of all the entire population as well as stakeholders and affiliates in programmed life transforming activities. The organization shall however actively participate in all facets of national life as concerns health and social development by 2020.
 
X,   A Culture of Performance;
By 2020, the organization must be known and renounced for it’s great performance in all its programs and projects. As a matter of fact, strategies to be implemented by the organization shall record a high level of performance and thus significantly impact on the lives of the target population in various communities. Equally, Performance oriented management principles will be highly enhanced as well as transparency and publication of the organizations accounts. The organization will therefore ensure effective planning, programming, budgeting, controlling and effective realization of programs and projects following the results- based management approach instituted by the Management Board. The culture of performance exigencies based on equality and equity are generally incompatible and must therefore be greatly enhanced to ensure a significant amelioration in the living conditions of most vulnerable Cameroonians.
 
 
XI, Proper Communication/ Social communication;
In terms of communication, the objective will be to include a strong communication component and to build the capacity of the media so that they can inform and become a communication instrument. Also our intention here will be to develop and assist the private media and to ensure an intensive as well as integral media coverage nationwide. Moreover, dialogue, debates and expression forums will be encouraged to promote exchange and debates of ideas to enable decision makers take action to ameliorate the living conditions of Cameroonians especially the most vulnerable and marginalized segment of the population. Special emphasis will also be place on social dialogue to ensure the inclusion of all development actors in the decision making and consultation forums. Furthermore, the capacity of the media will be built and enhanced on improving disaster communication, information, warning, catastrophe management mechanisms, enhance the protection potential of the population from the harmful effects of climate change particularly by promoting sustainable development and project management of natural resources, improving funding mechanisms, developing strategies of how to reduce various form of pollution i.e. soil, water ,air etc-improving drainage and solid waste management systems, ensuring the protection and sustainable management of ecosystems.

By 2020, the organization intends to effectively communicate all its programs and projects to ensure the general appraisal and appreciation of the entire population as a whole. The organization’s communication officer is charged with the task of effectively communicating the rationale of the organization. The communication officer of the organization must therefore make, maximum us of the print and audio-visual media landscape in Cameroon to market the organization’s mission/vision to potential funders as well as educate, sensitize and advocate of our programs and projects to the entire population. Communication, being an indispensable tool of work in this era must therefore be properly utilized to ensure the achievement of the organizations objectives by 2020 as anticipated in this strategic development document of the organization.

However, through effective communication, the organization intends to achieve most of it’s set goals through the dissemination of information, educative programs, publication of scheduled seminars and workshops etc. All these we strongly believe will go a long way to market the organizations endeavours of effective sensitization and implementation procedures which will therefore help the organization attain its set objectives by 2020.
 
XII, Great and Significant Impact and Positive Influence In Society;
COHESODEC hopes by 2020 to create a great and significant impact as well as positive influence in society through its programs and projects. The organization equally hopes to transform Cameroonian communities through these programs and projects and to ensure improved living standard and the social wellbeing of all vulnerable/marginalized Cameroonians. By this, the organization hopes to make social inclusion of all vulnerable/marginalized groups of people in society its major priority thus creating significant impact and positive influence among the Cameroonian population. This impact can only be made more visible in society through the outstanding strategies the organization hopes to use in achieving its objectives. COHESSODEC must not therefore just be said to be having influence in society but be seen and its impact felt in society.
 
XIII, Militant Spirit;
COHESDODEC’s staff, stakeholders and affiliates hoping to work with and in collaboration with the organization must have a militant spirit to advocate for and on behalf of the entire Cameroonian population. Militant spirit is highly required in the organization to enable the administration and staff properly advocate on behalf of the entire population in target communities across the country especially in the domains of human right violations and democracy enforcement advocacy and advancement. With a high militant spirit approach, COHESODEC hopes to significantly ameliorate the health and social living condition of all Cameroonians thereby allowing for the total achievement of all the organizations set objectives, ensuring it’s mission and vision of nation building is made possible and making Cameroon a better place to live in by all.
 
XIV, Responsibility;
All persons working with or for COHESODEC must portray responsible attitudes at work or towards work. Responsibility must be complementary with human dignity and integrity with regards to project implementation and responsibility in all action by all functioning within the framework of project execution and program implementation. All working for or with the organization must therefore be responsible in all aspects as well as endeavour to respect the constitution as well as the internal rules and regulation enforced.
 
XV, Moral Probity and the Culture of Dialogue;
All personnel, stakeholders and affiliates working for or with COHESODEC must likewise portray aspects of moral and financial probity as well as the culture of dialogue and the maintenance of pace and order within and without the organization. COHESIDEC staff, stakeholders and affiliates working with and for the organization shall therefore use the moral values of dialogue and peace resolution to resolve conflicts in the organization and communities wherever the need arises.
Moral probity and dialogue are essential qualities that should and must be applied by all linked to or related to the organization in one way or the other. The qualities of moral probity, inculcating the culture of dialogue and peace negotiation as well as the constitution and internal rules and regulations of the organization are vital and must be respected by all working with and for the organization.
 
 
XVI, Humility, Love, and Respect;
Humility, love and respect are key components adopted by the Management Board of the organization and meant to be respected by all working with or for the organization to respect and uphold with regards to implementing projects in the field as well as work in the offices of the organization. All staff and volunteers working with or for the organization are expected to express a loyal and humble spirit towards all communities where they are assigned or called upon to serve as well as to their colleagues. Similarly all working with COHESODEC in whatever capacity must express humility, love and respect to all communities and persons they come across with regards to rendering humanitarian services to mankind in whatever part of the country they are called upon to serve. These qualities are indispensable for effective and successful work in the organization as well as community development.
 

Major Strategies to be Undertaken in the Implementation Process of the Vision through Project Realization

 
General strategies to be considered in the achievement of the vision goes beyond simple strategies as it suggest core guidelines for several major aspects of health end social development which makes the vision a realistic endeavour and serves as guide to the various general strategies to be implemented. Such strategies are a response to the challenges and stakes mentioned in the previous sections and functions alongside. The monitoring and evaluation of these strategies will operate through mechanisms introduce for lower scale planning frameworks. There are also appropriate mechanisms for the implementation of policies as well as special mechanisms for the evaluation of results. As such a balance sheet will be prepared at the end of the implementation of this strategic development plan to assess the results achieved and find new guidelines for the next strategies to be implemented between 2020 and 2025. The tools lay special emphasis on the participation of different segments of the population as well as activities to enhance social cohesion in all spheres. The strategies identified to face such challenges include among others;
 Mobilization and Effective Participation of  all Stakeholders and the entire Population,
 Social Communication, Facilitation and Training,
 Sensitization and Education of the Population,
 Intervention, Support and Encouragement of the Marginalized and Vulnerable,
 Partnership With Donor, Funding Bodies, Stakeholders, Affiliates and the State Of Cameroon,
 Capacity Building Workshop, Seminars and Conferences,
 Motoring ,Campaigning ,Lobbying and Advocacy,
 Research and Publication of statistics on several diverse issues working on,
 Promote and Employ Information Exchange Strategies,
 Organization of Press Conferences  With Media Stakeholders with Regards to the Promotion    of Health and Social Domain Programs and Concepts,
 Active Participation in all Health And Social Programs as Well as ensure Effective Field Implementation of Programs and Projects,
 Network, Question and Dialogue With all Stakeholders Including the Government,
 Development of Strategic Development Plans of State Institutions and Affiliates and other
     Stakeholders.
 
Scope/ Area of Operation/ Intervention Area
We intervene throughout the entire 10 regions of the Republic of Cameroon-(in all communities where the need for service arises).As a matter of fact, we intervene basically in virtually all communities in the entire territory of the republic of Cameroon. In fact, we intervene all over the territorial jurisdictions of Cameroon whenever and wherever necessary to ameliorate on the deplorable living conditions of Cameroonians.
 
Resource Mobilization Strategies
Realizing the strategic development plan will absolutely require exploration and mobilization of resources, to ensure a significant amelioration of the living conditions of most Cameroonians and to ensure that a significant proportion of Cameroonians are less vulnerable/ marginalized. Indeed, there are varied sources of financing with special features which are typical to each funding partner. Some of these funding partners other than membership fees of members of the organization include; foreign donors through official development assistance/direct foreign assistance, grants, private companies and other benefactors of international institutions, through U.N related funding agencies, and through partnership with the state of Cameroon. 

Resource mobilization mechanisms will be adjusted to the peculiarities of each financing source and department underpinned by modalities for the mobilization of each type of resource. In this respect therefore, emphasis will be laid on an increase of partners along with the exploration of new forms of partnership on the one hand and the improvement of grants to handle pressing challenges with on the other hand. This resource mobilization strategy will build on the creation of a permanent dialogue framework with the State of Cameroon, all envisaged international funding bodies of national and international Non Governmental Organizations/Civil Society Organization. Achievement of the objectives set out in this strategic development document will largely depend on the effective implementation of projects that will ensue. In implementing such projects, a medium term operational tool will be used as reference framework for the organization’s policy.

Using this as a reference framework for the organization’s policy and tools of operation will help the organization to have a proper mastery of it’s priorities. It will also ensure that it is owned by all stakeholders and affiliates working with the organization. All development actions will converge around such a tool which will enable coordination of all development resources. To this end therefore, this reference framework will serve as a national development strategy which will be owned and shared by all national development stakeholders and this will be realistic notably in terms of potential financing and binding for all development actors. It is in this framework that the organization will recall during each period, it’s role of strategic guidance which will be divided into thematic strategies to be implemented under the organizations budget.
 
Partnership with Stakeholders, Donors and Funding Bodies
The development policy spelled out by the COHESODEC Management Board will be implemented in the context of assertion of the strategic role of the organization and mobilization of various partnerships notably with the local councils, other Civil Society Organizations, the State of Cameroon, International technical and financial partners. The new paradigm shift of the organizations to engage with other stake holders for the realization of common goals was required by this COHESODEC strategic development planning document which will through more light on partnership that is proportioned and targeted as well as gives room for regulation, terms of reference with regards to partnership and renewals.
Through this strategic planning document which is conducted following a participatory approach, the Management Board Members of COHESODEC have clearly spelled out general guidelines that will guide the organization’s policy and components during implementation.
Also, this document will through more light on budgetary and financial aspects and will allow for positives anticipation in the medium and long term through an integrated and coherent approach towards the achievement of the objectives of the long term development and plan for the organization. COHESODEC will therefore have to design, Implement and Monitor the Institutional as well as legal regulatory framework that control the actions of all stakeholders and affiliates and falling within the scope of laid down standards in order to ensure the smooth functioning of all operations with regards to Agreements, Conventions, Accords Contracts, and Memorandums of understanding e.t.c.
COHESODEC will therefore complement the efforts of the State of Cameroon, affiliates and other stakeholders where any fruitful partnership is necessary or already exist or intends to be established in future to address all problems, challenges and obstacles within certain spheres of interventions upon the validation of any binding instrument laid down to serve as terms of reference for both parties, duly prepared and signed by both structures. As a Civil Society Organization, COHESODEC will pursuant to it’s objectives ensure the provision of health and social services for poverty alleviation and social advancement of all health and socially vulnerable/marginalized groups of people in Cameroon, safe guard and promote national cultural heritage, common values, the fight against cases of abuses promote all health and social programs, ensure social mobilization for the integration of all productive forces and democratization within the context of decentralization. Play a watchdog role for the defence of human rights in general including those of workers, women, children minority groups etc.
Also, within the context of partnership characterized by opening up and increasing integration with the entire human community in Cameroon and abroad, COHESODEC will engage a strategy of international partnership aimed at ensuring effective insertion of Cameroon in the global sphere. Such strategy, we strongly believe and hold, the organization will lay focus on partnering with technical and financial partners so as to help improve/ameliorate the living conditions of most vulnerable Cameroonians, promote diversification and development of new forms of partnership; in broad terms, it will all be about enlarging and improving the nature and scope of contributions of foreign partners in the national development process of the organization.
Equally within the context of partnership, COHESODEC will contribute significantly in enhancing good governance which is indispensable for backing development strategies aimed at enabling Cameroon have more than ever before a responsible, dynamic pro-active leadership to ensure the putting in place at all levels of responsibility; Performance  Oriented Management Principles by so doing improving on good governance in Cameroon. Also, we strongly believe that such partnership strategy will help COHESODEC intensify the fight against corruption in Cameroon.

Such reinforcement will be associated with a number of actions such as ensuring the implementation of Performance Based Oriented Management Mechanisms allowing for the Promotion of Merit, Results Based Management Principles and Accountability of stakeholders and affiliates. All this will be done through education, sensitization and advocacy campaigns. Through such partnerships as well as the provision of  financial resources, COHESODEC will significantly contribute in improving on the judicial system in Cameroon, by ensuring an increase in the staff strength, create new courts, adjust mechanisms and procedures of the sociological context to enable fast paced file processing and the issuance of verdicts and the execution of court decisions; promote  a democratic culture through ensuring the effective establishment of institutional bodies and the adoption of more reliable operational and transparent regulatory mechanisms which will gradually allow  for electoral processes and an improvement in the quality of political debates.

 Moreover, through such partnership, COHESODEC intends to ensure through advocacy that the decentralization process is completely applied within all spheres of decentralization. Also, COHESODEC will significantly contribute  in strengthening the operational capacities of the state actors through strategic development planning and management as well as on tools and  procedures and ensure the introduction of Results Based Management Principles through capacity building programs which will enable the state play its role within the new framework.
 
Rationalizing the Organizations Resource Allocations
Rationalization of allocations will hinge on a programming of actions and optimum allocation of budgetary resources in the medium term (3-5 years).At the level of the Management Board of the organization, it will be about making the level of the Management Board, it will be about making  the most comprehensive and sound estimate of budgetary resources expected and allocating budgetary resources in an optimal manner, in accordance with the priorities of the period and following criteria such as visibility and relevance clearly put in place. Also, at the level of the Management Board, resources will be allocated in priority to projects retained in this development strategic document following a budget program approach. Budgeting must be pegged to the first year of budgetary programming in the medium term so that the Management Board members and staff of the organization will gradually boost development operations in the field and create significant impact of actions.
Rationalization of resource allocation will also depend on the establishment of an effective monitoring/ evaluation framework, discontinuation of the organizations actions. Monitoring / evaluation will be concretized with the preparation of executive reports and evaluation of programs/ projects and strategies at the end of the financial year by the Management Board or implementing departments of the organization. In such reports, emphasis will be laid on the gaps in planning, programming; budgetary commitments and effective realization following the Results Based Management approach. It will also be necessary within the organization to ensure quality and effective application of accounting standards and ensure that COHESODEC applies all principle of transparency and publish their accounts annually. This will enable the organization as a Civil Society Organization play its appropriate role as a nation builder within the corporate framework of teaching by example through ensuring maximum accountability and transparency in resources management.
 

TREATS, RISK FACTOR AND OBSTACLES

The objectives of this vision clearly stipulated are subject to a number of risk and uncertainties likely to hinder the accomplishment of this 5 years strategic plan. There may be foreseeable or unforeseen dangers, risky bets or other obstacles that may hinder or prevent the successful realization of this lofty vision. Some of these factors among others include;
 

1) The Issue of Political Transition;

Since independence, there has been only one political transition in Cameroon at the helm of the state, which took place peacefully and in an exceptional manner. Pursuant to the constitution, future transitions will come through elections. Possible drifts and the challenge of results in Cameroon each time an election has been organization is not to be overlooked, during the process of political transition; there is the risk of instability likely to undermine the continuation of institutions of the republic.
It could however turn out as a critical point in the democratic process and development. Also, glaring conflict between operational needs and the exigencies of democracy might threaten the implementation of the vision from the stand point of separation of power owing to the independence of the judiciary which is constantly under criticism and demanding for the election of judges in our courts.
 
2) Social Justice;
Exigencies of equality and equity are generally incompatible. Positive discrimination leads to placing on the advantage one or several given communities, penalized by retardation or a particular weakness which might prevent them from competing under the same conditions as the other. In a country that is sociologically segmented, positive discrimination is aimed at inhibiting the centrifugal drives of communities would, on the pretext of low representation make claims and protest, thus bringing about civil disorders.
This principle is unanimously accepted in it’s general formulation, but in practices usually gives room for different interpretations since it practically runs contrary to the principles of equality and to the exigencies of performance. Also, an increase in the number of marginalized people or groups which willingly or not, finds themselves excluded from economic channels either temporally or on a permanent basis is often due to the hard conditions of the market economy and the lack of efficiency of social regulatory measures.
 
3) Participation:
    In Cameroon, the administrative hegemony of French and English whose command requires school attendance poses as an obstacle to the participation of some social groups in the management of public affairs. This in fact has divided the population into two groups, the first which constitute the majority but has a low literacy rate, is excluded from the spheres of decision making and from debates on major issues. The second is the intellectual class that is open to the world, takes part in public debates and monopolizes decision making and power. 
 
4) Sociological Fragmentation;
With the big sociological diversity that characterizes the country’s poor handing of sociological forces can provoke such drifts as political tension, increase in irredentist drifts and the development of networks of allegiance. The latter are notably set and tribal lobby groups engendering such ills as nepotism, tribalism, clientelism and can constitute a hindrances to the smooth functioning of the system. In order to reduce this risk which is already pointing to the horizon, there is need for systematic vigilance. Also, negative cultural influences through mass communication channels are flooding our markets with standard products. Cultural imperialism, despondency e.t.c which constitute unprecedented hegemony in scope and depth and is a threat to cultural identify or to the identity of the people of Cameroon as a whole, whereas history teaches that there can be no sustainable development of a country or people without its culture at the very basis of such.
 
5) Family Logic as Against the Social Efficiency;
Ethnic tribal and family ties regularly run into the management of public affairs and sometimes to the detriment of efficiency and good performance. Relationships bring about inefficiency and inertia. This trend is noticeable both in the public and private sector of the country, where appointments and even transfers increasing go against the quest for results and preservation of national integrity. The much needed dynamics for achievement of the ambitious goals of this vision would seriously be undermined if there is no change especially as we envisage going into partnership subsequently within this 5 years period of the development strategic plan with the state so as to ensure the entire success and satisfactory implementation of this vision’s objectives.
 
6) Climate Change and Other Environmental Threats;
How can we meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs? National development calls for a broad vision guaranteeing the well-being of men, long term projections of the consequences of current activities, total involvement of all actors; in fact, it is also an appeal to the entire humanity for the conservation of the common global heritage. The quest for sustainable development will also imply curbing threats such as climate change and loss of ecosystems in conjunction with global community.
 The phenomenon of climate change observed worldwide over the past few years is of permanent importance as it causes considerable ecological, economic and social damages on the people. Such phenomenon has as effect depletion of water reserves due to changes in the water cycle, degradation of rivers and streams, increase in the number and /or intensity of storm events, continued and constant periods of low rainfall and rise in temperatures. Desert encroachment in the northern regions of Cameroon is already causing damages as well as hampering social development in the region. In addition, Cameroon will have to devise appropriate strategies to address other threats such as deforestation, biodiversity loss, air and ocean pollution, storage of household refuse, industrial disasters, oil slicks degradation of water sources, oil degradation, volcanic activity, poison gas emanations, land slides, rock slides and floods.
 

OVERALL EXPECTATIONS

By 2020, the Management Board of Community Health and Social Development for Cameroon – (COHESODEC) expect to see significant achievements in the attainment of its set objectives as stipulated in this strategic development plan and to visibly witness significant improvements in the living conditions of Cameroonians especially the most vulnerable segment of the population and marginalized groups of people spread across the country. Also, the Management Board of the organization by the end of this five year strategic development plan expects to see a significant reduction in the prevalence rate of terminal diseases, pandemics, epidemics, non tropical diseases, tropical diseases, transmissible diseases as well as catastrophes are significantly reduced from the country.

 Also, the Management Board of COHESODEC at the end of this  period of the vision expects/hopes to see a significant reduction in the number of cases of human rights violations, abuses among orphans and vulnerable, women, youths, the elderly, the entire marginalized segment of the population and Refugees in Cameroon greatly ameliorated upon,—Equally, we expect to see a significant improvement in nutrition-intake, sanitation as well as a significantly reduction in maternal, neonatal and infant mortality, not leaving out the prevention of all neglected tropical diseases in Cameroon. 

Also, we expect to see transparency, health and social governance, professional ethics, human rights, all social ills in our country Cameroon as well as advocate against Climate Change significantly improved upon. Also, we expect to see all aspects of social development improved upon, thousands of jobs created through income generating activities, and agriculture, food security and livestock production significantly ameliorated upon. Finally, by the end of this strategic development planning vision period, we intend to see more Cameroonians massively participate in all elections in Cameroon, the active role of the Civil Society Organizations taken into consideration as they are mandated the key role to observe the  electoral process and uphold democracy to ensure social peace for the country.

Tentative Program for the Implementation of the Strategic Development Plan of the Organization (COHESODEC)-2016-2020

 
With regards to the implementation of this vision, it was decided upon by the Management Board of the organization that this development plan be set to run in two phase .i.e.2016- 2018 and phase II from 2019-2020.However, with the overall objectives to significantly ameliorate the living conditions of all Cameroonians and to enable the amelioration of the vulnerable and marginalized populations an enable them become masters of their own destinies through social inclusion in all segments of society. However, the programs shall not be chronologically implemented in the order presented below. Here below are some areas of intervention which the organization hopes to engage in and to effect meaningful change within this five year strategic development plan 2016-2020.
 
 Promoting And Consolidating Sustainable Development,
 Intensifying Environmental Protection And Climate Change Control And Fighting Against Desert Encroachment,
 Intensifying Agricultural Development,
 Implementing Specific Development Programs,
 Devising And Building An Appropriate Framework For Partnership,
 Rationalizing And Refocusing Specific Programs On Job Creation Especially For The Marginalized And Vulnerable Groups Of People In Target Communities Across The Country I.E. Woman Youths And Disable E.T.C,
 Strengthening Mechanisms For The Fight Against Social Exclusion,
 Promoting And Rewarding Excellence And Hard Work In The Public And Private Sectors,
 Strengthening National Social Communication,
 Improving Access To Quality Social Communication,
 Improving  Access To Quality Social Services Nationwide,
 Intensify Anti-Corruption Drive,
 Strengthening Results-Based Management Principles,
 Protecting And Ensuring The Sustainable Management Of Forest Ecosystems,
 Promoting Merit And Accountability,
 Improving The Functioning Of The Judicial System,
 Promoting High Turn Out In Elections,
 Increasing Transparency And Credibility In Public And Private Institutions In Cameroon,
 Strengthening Solidarity In The Decentralization Process As Well As The Full Implementation Of Decentralization In Cameroon,
 Ensuring Equitable Representation Of All Segments Of Society,
 Promoting The Development Of Cameroons Culture As A Whole,
 Intensify Sensitization And The Fight Against Identify Confinement,
 Promote Transparency In The Electoral Process And Elections In Cameroon,
 Strengthening Strategic Planning In State And Private Institutions,
 Strengthen Corporate Governance, Account Publication And Protection Of The Rights Of The Minority,
 Initiating Major Programs On Health I.E. The  Eradication Of Major Prevalent Diseases, Pandemics, Epidemics And Catastrophes,
 Enhance The Eradication Of Tropical, Non Tropical And Transmissible Disease In Cameroon,
 Promote Sanitation And Hygiene, Preventing And Managing Water Borne Diseases Such As The Outbreak Of Cholera, Dysentery, Typhoid  Etc,
 Strive For A Significant Reduction In Maternal, Neonatal And Infant Mortality In Cameroon,
 Prevent And Manage All Neglected Tropical Disease In Cameroon,
 Promote, Support And Ameliorate The Social Wellbeing Of Orphans, Vulnerable Children, The Underprivileged, Woman, Youths, The Elderly, Refugees And All Other Marginalized Groups Of People Living In Cameroon,
 Promote And Monitor Transparency In All Sphere Of National Life(Society),
 Promote Health And Social Governance Across The Country ,
 Promote Professional Ethics In All Spheres Of National Life,
 Prevent Human Rights Violations And Abuses In Cameroon,
 Stamp Out All Aspects Social Ills In Society,
 Promote And Strengthen All Aspect Of Social Development In Cameroon,
 Create Thousands Of Jobs Through Income Generating Activities To Significantly Reduce The Rate Of Unemployment In The Country Especially Among The Most Vulnerable And Marginalized,
 Promoted And Significantly Step Up Agriculture, Food Security And Livestock Production In Cameroon,
 Sensitize And Mobilize All Cameroonian To Massively Participate In The Electoral Process And All Elections In Cameroon, Notably 2018 And Subsequent Elections In The Country, Observe The Process And Uphold Democracy To Ensure Social Peace In The Nation.
                       OUR PARTNERS
  Some of our partners among others include;
 Cameroon National Commission On Human Right And Freedoms- (NCHRF)
 Early Childhood Development- (ECD Cameroon)
 Cameroon Network Of Human Rights Organizations-(CNHRO)>(RECODH)
 North-West Association Of Development Organizations -(NWADO)
 Cameroon National AIDS Control Committee-(NACC)
 Réseau des Synergies Contre les Pathologies Tropical-(RESYPAT)
 Several other C.S.O’s across the Country through networking.
 
COHESODEC CONSTITUTION
 
PREAMBLE
• Considering the resolutions taken at the Executive Board meeting of the 18th of January 2013,
• With regards to the need to promote Community Health and Social Development for our country, Cameroon;
• Considering the efforts made by the government in the struggle for health and social Development, of our country,
• With regards to the need to eradicate and prevent all terminal diseases pandemics, epidemics, tropical and non tropical diseases, transmissible and non transmissible diseases and to prevent/reduce social catastrophes in our communities and country as a whole,
• Recognizing the need to build and promote the health care offered to orphans, vulnerable children, the disabled, the underprivileged in society, ameliorate the health conditions and living standards of Cameroonians and to advocate for the social rights of women, children, refugees and the malnourished children in our communities,
• Mindful of the privileges granted by the Almighty God, the Cameroonian constitution, the African charter on Human rights and peoples and the universal declaration of human rights which all provides a platform for the building of a free, just and egalitarian society,
• Considering the need to build a moral society for a sustainable Cameroon free from corruption, embezzlement of public funds, the fight against torture, rape, prostitution and crime etc,
• Mindful of the need to create jobs through the initiation of income generating activities to Cameroonians and to fight against the high rate of unemployment which results to poverty in our society,
• Recognizing the need to socially mobilize Cameroonians to massively participate in all the social processes of elections in Cameroon,
• With regards to the need to stamp out social ills such as child abuse, mobilize widows and advocate for their social rights and responsibilities in all communities across the country,
• Considering the fact that the government has as aim to promote and facilitate community development, youth participation in community development and support the activities of social youth and women groups,
• Owing to the need to build up the professional capacities of health and social staff in all our community establishments across the nation,
• Mindful of the fact that the government of Cameroon seeks to promote the social living standards and infrastructural development in all health and social structures of our communities in particular and country as a whole,
• Recognizing the need for the promotion of nutrition- intake, address the issue of malnutrition and ensure balance diets and good health care in all Cameroonian communities,
• Mindful of the fact that we need to promote excellence in all health and social structures of our society as well as ensure affordable health care in our health units,
• Considering the fact that food aid and other social amenities need to reach affected populations in crisis situations and emergencies on time,
• With regards to the fact that social land acquisition laws needs to take into consideration community interest, gender equality as well as ensure that social conflicts in communities are amicably resolved so as to enable social peace reign,
• Mindful of the fact that all stakeholders in collaboration with the government needs to put hands on deck to eradicate as well as significantly reduce the high rate of Neonatal and Maternal mortality not living out Child Labour from our Cameroonian society e.tc,
 
We the Executive Board Members of Community Health and Social Development for Cameroon (COHESODEC) from several works of live have decided to create a Health and Social platform where all these problems, difficulties and challenges shall be harnessed, handled and redressed for the betterment of our communities in particular and a more desirable Cameroon of the future.
 
ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
PART I
ARTICLE I
FORMATION
A National non-profit making Association is hereby formed and headed by eight (8) Executive Board Members. The Association shall be governed by the law governing the creation of Associations in Cameroon. This Association shall be non-profit making and apolitical.
 
ARTICLE II
NAME
The Association shall be known as “COMMUNITY HEALTH AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT FOR CAMEROON” or referred to as (COHESODEC) On all invoices, announcements, publications and correspondences with the public or third parties, handwritten or printed issued by the Association, the name of the Association shall immediately be preceded or followed by the word COHESODEC clearly written in full with Reference of the registration.
 
ARTICLE   III
SEAT AND TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION OF THE ASSOCIATION
The activities of this Association shall extend throughout the entire Republic of Cameroon. Thus, the Association shall be a National Association with Branches established through out the territorial jurisdictions of Cameroon.
ARTICLE   IV
REGISTERED OFFICE
The Registered Head Office or seat of the Association shall be situated in MANKON BAMENDA MEZAM DIVISION of the NORTH WEST REGION and shall have as postal address P.O Box 317 BAMENDA. The registered office shall be transferred to any other part of the Republic of Cameroon with authority from the Executive Board Members. It shall extend its activities to all regions of the territory of Cameroon with no restrictions to race, colour, tribe, ethnic group or cultural entity.
 
ARTICLE V
MISSION
Our mission is to improve on the Health and Social living standards of Cameroonians and to eradicate all terminal diseases, pandemics and epidemics that continue to pose a danger to our population. We also seek to strengthen and ensure effective sensitization, communication on health and social programs and to support and advocate for the rights of orphans and vulnerable children. We seek to promote the wellbeing of a significant proportion of Cameroonians in several health and social domains as can be seen in our objectives.
 
ARTICLE VI
VISION
Our vision is to put in place a health and social structure to educate, sensitize support, assist, monitor, ameliorate, encourage, prevent malnutrition, transmissible and non transmissible diseases, promote proper nutrition and fight against all tropical diseases that affect Children, women and adolescence. Our vision includes fighting to avert and prevent pandemics, epidemics from ravaging our population as well as advocate for the rights of orphans, vulnerable children, the under-privileged in our society. However, our main focus is on all Health and social issues for example Malaria, HIV/AIDS, cholera, T.B, diabetes, mental health, fight against the sale of illicit drugs, provide social care to the ageing population, advocate for the social rights of street children, women and all the underprivileged in our Cameroonian society, fight against neglected tropical diseases, advocate for and prevent catastrophes’ through sensitization and also managing the outcome for a better Cameroon of the future. e.t.c, in fact we are working in all domains that have to do with health and social development.
 
ARTICLE   VII
MAJOR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES/GOALS
1. To eradicate and prevent all terminal diseases, pandemics epidemics, tropical and non tropical diseases, transmissible and non transmissible diseases and manage foreseen and unforeseen catastrophes in our Cameroonian Communities.
2. Promote, support, ameliorate and encourage social care for orphans vulnerable children, youth, women, refugees, the disabled, the underprivileged, prisoners, pupils and students, street(destitute) children, the old(ageing population) and all areas in health and social domains that are marginalized or not properly handled in our communities. Organize capacity building seminars and workshops for all stakeholders in all health and social domains and fight for the respect of all human rights, professional ethics, ensure affordable health care to all, transparency, create an orphanage as well as ensure the respect of all social rights of all Cameroonians.
3. Encourage, support and promote nutrition-intake, balanced diets, clean water and sanitation, ensure food security and food self- sufficiency, so as to effectively fight against malnutrition, hunger, infant mortality and high death rate in our Cameroonian Society. Promote and improve on family welfare as well as fight against child trafficking in our communities.
4. To create jobs to thousands of Cameroonians through the initiation of income generating activities, so as to stamp-out unemployment, poverty and banditry from our Cameroonian Society. As well as institute social programs to avert the impending effects of climate change and global warming thereby enhancing social and environmental protection for sustainable development.
5. To advocate and monitor against all forms of social ills such as rape, abortion, torture, prostitution, corruption, embezzlement, vandalism, jungle justice, homosexuality, lesbianism etc which constitute a major problem in our society as well as Reward Best practices with Excellence in all health and social sectors of our country.
6. Encourage, sensitize and mobilize all Cameroonians especially in social gatherings to massively participate in all elections in Cameroon, observe it’s outcome for social peace and fight against the consumption of harmful drugs, use of weapons and finally to mobilize widows, social youth and women groups, social agricultural and livestock producers and support as well as advocate for their social rights and responsibilities in our Communities.
 
ARTICLE   VIII
LIFE FORMATION
1. The existence of the Association shall begin on the date which is entered in the Register of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization (MINAT) unless otherwise.
2. The Association shall exist for a period of 99 years.
 
PART II
ARTICLE IX
FINANCIAL RESOURCES
 Financial resources shall be drawn from the following sources;
1. Registration dues.
2. Annual contributions.
3. Donations from Partners
4. Funding bodies, etc.
 
All COHESODEC Funds shall be deposited into a credible financial institution, whose signatories shall be the following: The Board Chairman, the Secretary General and the Treasurer. The position of elected officials and non employees shall be non-remunerative, however expenses reasonably incurred in carrying out the activities of COHESODEC shall be reimbursed upon justification to non members of our humanitarian Association. A proper accounting and control method shall be put in place to ensure proper and transparent management and use of COHESODEC’s funds.
 
ARTICLE X
GENERAL PROVISIONS
SOME STRATEGIES TO BE EMPLOYED BY THE ASSOCIATION (COHESODEC)
X.1) Campaigning, Lobbying and Advocacy
X 2) Capacity Building Workshops and Seminars
X.3) Monitoring, Support and Encouragement
X.4) Promote and employ Information exchange strategies.
X .5) Education and sensitization
X 6) Research and publication
X .7) Press conferences with all stakeholders in all Social and Health domains
X.8) Communication and facilitation
X.9) Active participation in all health and social programs and field implementation
X.10) Training and Networking
X.11) Question and dialogue with all stakeholders including the government
 
 
 
ARTICLE XI:
LOGO:
The logo of the Association shall be a hand-shake surrounded by the name of the Association (COHSODEC Cameroon.). This shall remain the permanent logo for the Association unless the Board decides otherwise.
 
ARTICLE XII:
MOTTO:
The motto of the Association shall be “Community Welfare, Our Priority”
This shall remain the permanent motto for the Association unless the Board decides otherwise.
 
ARTICLE XIII
MEMBERSHIP
RIGHT TO MEMBERSHIP
Membership shall be open to all individuals working in the health and social domains with the commitment to abide by the conditions for membership. People of all works of life, who are ready to be trained and willing to sacrifice their time to work for the Association,. Prospective members must demonstrate a strong commitment towards Health and Social programs as well as serve judiciously for humanity without expecting any payments.
 
ARTICLE VX
CATIGORIES OF MEMBERS
ACTIVE MEMBERS:
Members, who have fulfilled all registration formalities, have been trained and are active in all activities of COHESODEC.
 
TECHNICAL ADVISORY MEMBERS:
 Constitute members of the Legal profession who have fulfilled all conditions of membership and are ready to be available when called up for Legal advisory activities of COHESODEC without expecting pay, however in case of Legal proceedings, the Association shall have to fute the bills.
                                      CONSULTATIVE MEMBERS:
High profiled individuals with competences that can tremendously impact the Association towards the realization of their projects and who shall be available at all times when called up to render their services. These include people from specialized domains especially Health and Social.
 
                                                  OBSERVERS:
Members who have shown interest in the activities of the Association but have not met up with conditions for membership. However, look forward to meeting up with such requirements subsequently. Have Love and sympathy for humanity and will want to see them better up from their present situation. Sadist have no place in this Association and when identified shall not be allow to remain as observers.
ARTICLE XV
RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS;
Members shall have rights and obligations to perform in the Association as spelt out in the Internal Rules and Regulations of the Association, are motivated by the activities carried out, and seek to meet up registration requirements, dues,  levies and annual contributions of the Association without any intentions of getting back what has been duly donated to communities.
 
ARTICLE XVI
LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the Association shall be lost through withdrawal or expulsion as defined By the Internal Rules and Regulations of the Association.
 
ARTICLE XVII
INTERNAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
This constitution shall be complemented and completed by the Internal Rules and Regulations of the guide daily management. This document shall be respected by all members of the Association to the later without exception.
 
ARTICLE XIII
STRUCTURE
STRUCTURE OF THE ASSOCIATION
The structure of the Association shall be made up of Eight Executive Board Members of the national decision making body of the Association. Regional Committees shall be created subsequently in all the 10 regional Capitals of our country. These structures shall be put in place when the National Executive Board of COHESODEC meets and deems it necessary. The decision of also networking with members of other Associations or organization shall and must be a unanimous decision taken by at least 2/3 of the constituent Board in sitting.
The National Executive Board shall be made up of elected officials as follows;
The Board Chairman
The Secretary General
The Legal Adviser
The Financial Secretary
The Treasurer
The Auditor in Chief
The Internal Controller
The Public Relations Officer
 
ARTICLE XVX
FUNCTIONS OF THE ENTIRE CONSTITUENT (EXECUTIVE) BOARD DURING BOARD MEETINGS
 The executive Board shall be the highest Decision making body/organ of the Association with deliberative powers. It shall be responsible for the following;
– Examination and adoption of the General policies of the Association
– Admission and expulsion of members.
– Examination and adoption of strategies, operational plans and budget.
– Examination and adoption of annual and audit reports.
– Election of officials.
– Approval of registration and annual dues and other levies.
– Amendment of the constitution and Internal Rules and Regulations of the Association e.t.c.
 
PART III
FUNCTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS OF COHESODEC
ARTICLE: XX
A) BOARD CHAIRMAN
1. Shall chair all meetings of the Association.
2. Shall see into the day to day running of the Association.
3. Shall negotiate projects/contracts for the Association.
4. Shall recruit all staff for the Association such as a coordinator, an administrator, an accountant, a project manager, a secretary, consultants, drivers, cleaners, a cameraman, Security officers etc.(All these positions shall be non remunerative)
5. Shall manage the head office of the Association.
6. Write correspondences on behalf of the Association.
7. Shall negotiate projects/contracts on behalf of the Association.
8. Shall draw up cheques on behalf of the Association.
9. Shall convene all Board and General Assembly meetings for the Association.
10. Shall be in charge, with collaboration from the Secretary General and Treasurer to effect all financial and Banking Transactions for the Association.
Board meetings shall be convened for major decisions to be taken concerning banking transactions for the Association where appropriate. Any two signatories of the board can affect withdrawal on behalf of the Association with the exception of the Board Chairman. The Board chairman however reserves the right in the absence of the Secretary General and or Treasurer to withdraw finances from the Association’s account for the interest of the Association. However, he/she shall render an account to the entire Board on how finances withdrawn in the absence of the Secretary General and or Treasurer were spent. (He/she alone reserves such rights in the Association).
 
ARTICLE: XXI
B) SECRETARY GENERAL
1. Shall manage the head office of the Association alongside the coordinator and shall instruct the coordinator and all other staff of the Association in the absence of the Board Chairman and also when assigned by the Board Chairman.
2. Shall write correspondences on behalf of the Association when authorized in writing by the Board Chairman.
3. Shall negotiate projects/contracts on behalf of the Association when authorized in writing by the Board Chairman.
4. Shall be responsible for the secretariat of the Association and instruct the secretary and other secretariat staff.
5. Shall draw up cheques on behalf of the Association when authorized in writing by the Board Chairman.
6. Shall present a monthly report to the Board Chairman on activities carried out for the Association.
7. Shall take down minutes of all meetings in the Association and must present a report of work done to the Executive Board Members.
8. Shall be in charge of all paperwork for the Association.
9. Shall do all propaganda for the Association.
10. Shall run errands for the Association when authorized in writing by the Board chairman.
11. Shall open a permanent register for the Association, manage it, as well as ensure the registration of all new members upon issuance of a duly signed receipt. He/she alone shall reserve the mandate to collect all registration dues for the Association. He/she shall therefore in turn pay these registration dues to the Treasurer or directly into the Associations Bank Account and hand the receipt to the Financial Secretary.
12. Shall in collaboration with the public relations officer produce, edit and publish all publications for the Association.
13. Shall be charged with buying and replacing all stationary materials that are finished in the secretariat and shall keep the receipts jealously as prove/justification.
14. Shall prepare the ROLES and FUNCTIONS of all recruited staff volunteers of the Association and hand them over to the respective staff. He shall equally be charged with the MANAGEMENT OF ALL HUMAN RESOURCES of the Association.
 
ARTICLE: XXII
C) THE LEGAL ADVISER
1. Shall advice on all legal matters concerning the Association (COHESODEC) and propose necessary measures to the Executive Board Members.
2. Shall investigate or probe into all issues where the rights and duties of the Association are threatened, abused or out-rightly violated.
3. Shall advocate for and defend the rights of all registered members of COHESODEC on issues related to their functions, duties and responsibilities in the Association as well as take up crucial matters to court if the Executive Board deems it necessary.
4. Shall advocate for the rights of orphans, vulnerable children, women and the disabled brought to the Association or registered with the Association as well as those COHESODEC shall identity in the field in the course of their daily routine or in the course of executing projects and the Executive Board deems it  necessary to take such matters to court.
5. Shall be in charge of all legal matters that concern the internal affairs of COHESODEC and shall be charged with the legalization of all legal documents related to COHESODEC.
6. Shall represent COHESODEC in all judicial matters and legitimately defend the interest of the Association.
7. Shall present a monthly report as the case may be to the Board Chairman as well as a sequential report to the Executive Board with regards to all legal affairs related to the Association.
 
ARTICLE: XXIII
D) FINANCIAL SECRETARY:
1. Shall produce weekly, monthly and annual reports of all income and expenditure of the Association.
2. Shall document all Banking transactions carried out by the Association, with purpose (activity), the amount and the duration of the activity carried out or to be carried out clearly mentioned.
3. Shall co-sign all request/withdrawal forms regarding financial transactions with the Board Chairman and the Treasure as well as question the staff when appropriate to ensure that finances are judiciously and properly used for the Association.
4. Shall assist the Secretary General and coordinator in assigning task to the staff and monitor to enhance higher productivity, rapidity and effective work done.
5. Shall keep all receipts and bank records of all financial transactions of the Association.
6. Shall run errands for the Association when authorize in writing by the Board Chairman.
7. Shall present monthly report to the Board Chairman with regards to his/her functions in the Association.
8. Shall collect all annual dues and levies from members upon a duly signed receipt carrying names and amount paid by members. She/he shall in turn pay this money to the Treasurer or directly into the Association’s Bank Account and must keep the receipt jealously as proof of payment.
9. Shall present a financial report to the Executive Board in every sitting with documented evidences and photos where necessary to justify activities carried out by the staff for the Association
 
ARTICLE: XXIV
E) THE TREASURER
1. Shall keep the save of the Association and must not exchange the keys of the save with anybody.
2. Must ensure that money in her keeping at no point in time exceeds a million francs (for security reasons).
3. Shall make money available at all times when necessary and with documented prove bearing the purpose, amount and her signature affixed on all request forms.
4. Must ensure that money in her office exceeding half a million francs during weekends are returned to the bank (for security reasons).
5. Must not allow any visitors in her office, except for the entire staff and Board members.
6. Must never allow money go out of her office without documented evidence.
7. Must ensure that her office door is locked at all times she is stepping out of the office.
8. Shall present a report on all finances signed out weekly, monthly and annually to the Board Chairman and the executive Board of the Association in every sitting.
 
ARTICLE: XXV
F) THE AUDITOR IN CHIEF
1. He reserves the right to move into all departments and at all times to audit the staff and Board Members except for the Board Chairman who is answerable to the entire Executive Board.
2. Reserves the right to question and demand for documents and photos regarding all projects and contracts executed or still in the process of execution.
3. Reserves the right to issue a quarrel letter to any member of staff in collaboration with the Board Chairman regarding any act of misdeed, fraud or any calculated attempt to corrupt or forge any documents of the Association.
4. Shall receive instructions from the Board Chairman and execute with regards to his domain.
5. Must never quarrel or exchange words with any staff or Board member(s) in the exercise of his functions, but shall rather report any act of non collaboration to the Board Chairman.
6. Must present a monthly report to the Board chairman as well as a general report to the Executive Board Members during all sittings of the Board.
 
ARTICLE: XXVI
G) THE INTERNAL CONTROLLER
1. Shall oversee the internal affairs of the Association and ensure efficiency in all departments with regards to the use of all equipment and effective presence of staff and whether some Board members expected at their duty posts are effectively present.
2. Shall control and ensure the proper use of all equipment, property and vehicles of the Association.
3. Shall be charged with repairing and maintaining all office machines, equipments property and vehicles of the Association.
4. Shall conduct roll –call every working days to make sure that all staff and some working Board members are present at their duty posts and on time. Make sure that break time is respected and ensure no late coming at work or back from break.
5. Must report all problems and difficulties faced in the exercise of her duty to the Board Chairman and or the Secretary General in the absence of the Board Chairman.
6. Must keep all receipts and documents which effectively justify any repair works carried out on any office machines or vehicles.
7. Shall take charge in the preparation of all snacks, meals and drinks in all social and occasional events organized by the Association.
8. Shall receive instructions from the Board Chairman and execute with regards to his/her functions.
9. Shall be required to present a monthly report of all activities carried out to the Board Chairman, and a sequential as well as an Annual Report to the Executive Board during every sitting of the Board.
 
ARTICLE: XXVII
H) THE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER.
1. Shall receive all guests and visitors coming into the Association and entertain them with a cup of coffee and a loaf of bread where appropriate.
2. Shall receive all press-men and if necessary direct them to the appropriate departments as well as shall issue out and sign all communiqués on behalf of the Association.
3. Shall collect all Cameroon Tribune (Cameroon daily) news papers for the office on daily basis and notify the Board Chairman on information that can be useful for the Association in the papers.
4. Shall talk to the press on behalf of the Association where necessary except for organizing press conferences which is reserved for the Board Chairman.
5. Shall convey all communiqués to media houses and news paper offices when necessary.
6. Must be very welcoming and keep a cheerful face to all guests and visitors of the Association and must never quarrel with visitors and or guest of the Association.
7. Shall be charged with sending and receiving all mails and materials for the Association through whatever medium.
8. Shall render all external auxiliary services for the Association when assigned by the Board Chairman.
9. Shall pay all bills for the Association and keep all records, receipts and information for the Association.
10. Shall be charged with the production and distribution of Education and Sensitization materials and tools of the Association such as tracks, flyers, brochures, magazines and all publications initiated by the Association. However, such publications shall be produced with the assistance and supervision of the Secretary General.
11. Must present a monthly report to the Board Chairman and a sequential report to the Executive Board of the Association as well as an annual report at the end of each year during the Annual General Meeting of the Association.
 
PART IV
ARTICLE XXVIII
ELECTION(s) OF CONSTITUENT (EXECUTIVE) BOARD MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION (COHESODEC)
Elections shall be organized every five years in the Association by the current Board Chairman upon consultation from the constituent Board Members with applications welcomed from all ordinary members who are interested in running for any positions. The Association shall if need be increase the number of positions available in the Board upon a decision from the current constituent Board Members. This Association shall have no limit to the number of members’ registering to become members. However, the board shall decide otherwise on unscrupulous persons whose membership can be detrimental to the proper functioning of the Association. The Association shall not tolerate any aspect of indiscipline, gross insubordination and total disrespect of authority and the internal rules and regulations of the Association. Any member, be him ordinary, a staff or an Executive Board Members who violates the essential internal rules and regulations governing the Association shall be sanctioned, fined or out rightly expelled completely from the Association. Two Board meetings shall be convene annually while one General Assembly meeting shall equally be convened annually for the entire Association.
 
ARTICLE XXIX
CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY FOR ELECTION(S) INTO COHESODEC BOARD
1. Must be actively involved in all activities of the Association.
2. Must not be owing any due for the Association.
3. Must be ready to sacrifice time and money at all times when called up to render services upon reimbursement for the interest of the Association.
4. Must be interested and enjoy working with health and Social Programs.
5. Must not have any conviction records in the past.
6. Must be ready to volunteer for the Association.
7. Must have shown prove of total commitment with the Association.
8. Must not have been absent for more than two General Assembly Meetings of the Association.
 
ARTICLE XXX
AMENDMENTS
All areas of this article and the internal rules and regulations are subject to modification, change and amendment by the Board, if the Executive Board Members deem it necessary. Elected officials shall hold office for a period of 5 years renewable once. The present constitution may be amended, modified or abrogated by a 2/3- majority vote of members present and voting in the Executive General Meeting provided the quorum is attained for the holding of the Executive General Meeting and the idea featured on the agenda.
 
ARTICLE XXXI
ADOPTION OF CONSTITUTION
This constitution shall take effect upon the declaration of our Association as has been deliberated upon and adopted by the Executive Board Members and waiting registration under the Cameroonian law of Associations.
 
Internal Rules and Regulations of COHESODEC
INTRODUCTION
The internal rules and regulations and daily management guide of COHESODEC is to complement and complete the constitution of this prestigious organ. All Board Members, staff and external consultants are obligatorily required to study and fully respect this document along side the constitution of the structure. This document is aimed at counselling all Board Members and staff volunteers of COHESODEC to stay upright as they carry out their task and humanitarian responsibilities with the population of Cameroon.  This guide we believe will go a long way in helping to impact on the attitudes and conducts of all saving with the structure. This document is equally aimed at improving as well as curbing on the excesses of all serving in this organ. All serving for this structure must strive to keep to these internal rules and regulations and must ensure the total fulfilment of their responsibilities in complete compliance to these internal rules and regulations enforced to ensure the total success of this structure in all it’s pursuits for the betterment of the future of Cameroon.
Any persons serving for this structure who shall violate any aspect of the internal rules and regulations and daily management guide as well as the constitution of this structure shall either be sanctioned, fined, suspended or out rightly expelled completely from the organ by the Management Board after due considerations. However, any member or staff serving for COHESODEC who is a victim of violation with regards to the above mentioned circumstances shall have a chance to table an apology to the Management Board for re-consideration. Unless the Management Board approves of such an apology, the previous decision taken by the Board remains enforced.
 
RESPECT FOR HIERARCHY
For every structure to function property there must be respect for authority. COHESODEC is therefore not an exemption. Since there can never be two captains for the same ship and at the same time it is therefore vital that each Board Member or Staff must respect the other above him/her. COHESODEC is structured from the Management Board down to the permanent staff, auxiliary staff as well as temporal staff as follows;
 
The Board Chairman, the Secretary General, the Legal Adviser, the Financial secretary, the Treasurer, the Auditor in Chief, the Internal Controller, the Public Relations officer, the Coordinator, the Administrator, the Accountant, the Project Manager, Internal and External Consultants, the Secretary, Drivers, a cameraman, Security Personnel and Cleaners. However, respect is reciprocal to all.
The organigram structured above must be fully respected by all. Each Board Member or Staff must respect the senior in position above him/her either by elections or recruitment. Failure to respect or take to Instructions or Assignments from hierarchy, such a Subordinate is liable to sanctions as clearly spelt out in the consequences at the end of this document.
However, all the eight Executive Board Members who constitute the Management Board and reserve voting rights in the structure can only be sanctioned, fined, suspended or completely expelled from the structure by a  2/3      majority vote of the Board present and voting for the decision.
On the other hand, all recruited staff volunteers recruited by the structure can upon consultation from the Management Board be expelled from the structure by the Board Chairman without prior notification. However, he/she in such a case must be served with a letter of dismissal.
 
“Do’s” and “Don’t’s” OF COHESODEC
“DO’S” (what I must do as a staff volunteer of COHESODEC)
 Must respect all authority and carry out all assigned task as well as go on mission anywhere in the country when assigned on duty.
 Must render all services with the respect for human rights, honesty, transparency, a greater sense of responsibility and total commitment to their duty post.
 Must represent a positive image and propagate for the organ wherever the need arises.
 Must respect the entire constitution as well as the internal rules and regulations enforced by the structure.
 Must always be present at his/her duty post and make the organ proud in every aspect for services rendered.
 
“DON’TS” (what I must never do as a staff volunteer of COHESODEC)
 Must never disrespect any authority of the organ or express bad faith, jealousy and hatred.
 Must never indulge into excesses or get drunk when on duty, in fact should be a role model to the society he/she is called upon to serve, however with all humility.
 Must never be late or absent from his/her duty post. (unless for very severe reasons in which case a permission request must be made in writing and approved by the Management Board or the Board Chairman)
 Must never be ideal or lazy at duty post and must bring to the notice/knowledge of the authority above him/her that the previous assignment he/she was assigned to do was complete instead of sitting ideally.
 Must never insult anybody or fight in the course of carrying out his or her duties.
 Must never gossip, blackmail, slander or backbite against other colleagues thereby creating an uncondusive environment for the working staff.
 Must not be arrogance or unnecessarily puffed up in the exercise of his or her functions.
 Must never discuss private issues during working hours and never speak languages other than English and or French. (Fines and sanctions shall be meted out on any staff caught speaking the dialect).
 
                               DRESSING Code in COHESODEC
The dressing of all working Management Board Members and Staff volunteers must be formal and decent. No form of indecent dressing shall be tolerated at COHESODEC offices and in the field when working for COHESODEC. Remunerations of the structure shall make provisions for dressing allowances. No females working for COHESODEC shall be allowed to dress indecently. No form of dressing exposing vital parts of the body shall be allowed for those working for the structure. All Staff of the male sex must dress responsibly, must tuck in and put on a tile on daily basis. Only putting on a suit shall be optional. Dressing responsibly and putting on a tile for all male staff shall be compulsory in COHESODEC.
 
Honesty / Transparency in COHESODEC
 Must be honest, transparent and accountable in all monetary and duty post of his/her responsibility.
 Must avoid lies telling and dishonesty that can hinder the smooth functioning of the organ or create a suspicious atmosphere on the path of that Member or Staff which can be detrimental to him/her.
 Must be honest and transparent in all financial matters with respect to the signing out of finances with no justifiable purpose(s) in the field prompted by lies telling and a dishonest attitude towards work.
 Must ensure that finances destined/programmed for a particular purpose are directed to that purpose only.
 Must work with his/her conscience and enable to be honest and transparent in the field of work with respect to finances and the amount of hours put at work.
 Must not be corrupt in any aspect, never forge or attempt to forge any document of the organ and must not misappropriate funds of the organ. If caught in any of the aggravated acts mentioned above, (see consequences at the end of this document).
 
The Code of Conduct of COHESODEC
                                                             (ALL MUST LEARN TO RESIDE)
The law of the conscience is our high standard, love and service to humanity is our operational philosophy and the fear of God is our judge. We respect and promote the respect for all fundamental human rights, social justice, human dignity and respect for equal rights of women, men and children. We pledge to implement all programs and to respect the terms of projects judiciously, appropriately and responsibly when assigned to serve COHESODEC any where in Cameroon.
Principles of Serving in COHESODEC
 Respect yourself, respect others and be responsible in carrying out your activities.
 Do not allow a small argument destroy your friendship and relationship in COHESODEC.
 Ensure success at home first as an individual, ensure success in your community and learn to share knowledge. It is a way to attain immorality and judge your success from the sacrifices you went through in your country to achieve them.
 Seek and merit divine help and remember that silence is sometimes the best resolution to a problem.
 Always obtain the counsel of others and when you realize that you have made a mistake, take immediate measures in correcting them.
 Open your minds for change but don’t let go your values and never compromise honesty.
If you are a leader, always hear both sides before judging and always defend those who are absent. During misunderstandings, be occupied with the actual situation and avoid bringing back the past and always seek for peace and tranquillity in your working environment.
 
The Secret of Success in COHESODEC
 Take time to think, it is the source of power.
 Take time to work, it is the price of success.(therefore do not be an eye servant, rather show a strong commitment at work whether being supervised or not)
 Take time to pray, it is the greatest power on earth.
 Take time to play, it is the secret of perpetual youth.
 Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness
Thoughts for reflection for all in COHESODEC
 Do not always criticize for fun; you will always meet with condemnation.
 Do not be hostile; you will always meet with confrontation.
 Do not hurt other, you will always feel guilty.
 Be tolerant, for others will be patient with you.
 Always encourage others; they will build confidence in you.
 Be fair to others, that is the course of justice.
 Be friendly to others, you radiate love in the world.
 Where-ever there is love, there. Will be peace.(fear God and be happy).
 Do not always believe what you hear about others without verifying, for the world is full of deceitful people.
 Never despise God, rather fear God and you shall be happy in life.
 Do not be arrogant, for you shall be marginalized.
 Do not be an eye servant, for your career is at stake.
The Pathway to Follow In COHESODEC
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, for they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is. Many persons strive for high ideals, and every where life is full of heroism. Be yourself especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. Do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and stars. You have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you no doubt, the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be and whatever your labours and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all it’s sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
                    Be Cheerful
 
 
SOLIDARITY IN COHESODEC
Since life is full of uncertainties, it will be unjust and unfair for COHESODEC not to extend a helping hand to it’s Members and Staff during difficult moments where they have lost their family members and loved ones. Due to the fact that our African families are very large, COHESODEC shall extend a hand of solidarity to members and staff when they lost their immediate family members .such individuals in this sense constitutes, spouse, parents, brothers and sisters as well as uncles or antis only. However, such solidarity could be showed in kind or cash. The amount to be disbursed shall be a decision of a brief and urgent Board Meeting. Such Board Meeting shall equally determine whether or not it is compulsory for all Board Members and staff to be present or represented to condole with such a Board Member or Staff. In cases where it is compulsory, a fine shall be fixed and meted on all those who shall not be present to extend this hand of solidarity. Also, in cases where it is not compulsory for all Board Members and Staff to attend, the Staff or Board Members in question shall be called upon and handed what has been agreed upon for this art of solidarity in cash or kind as per the decision of the extra-ordinary Board Meetings or as the case may be some few members of Staff may be assigned to represent COHESODEC in such a funeral.
In cases where it is a Board Member or Staff who dies, it shall be compulsory for all Board Members and Staff to attend with their contributions which shall equally be decided by the Board in sitting. Such contributions shall be fixed by the Board. 
All Members and Staff must report such incidents on time and as soon as possible i.e. on time and must be sure it falls in line with the nature of family members such arts of solidarity is being extended to. When such matters are investigated and found out that it does not fall in line with this category or nature, severe sanctions shall be meted on such a Board Member or Staff In question.
 
Consequences of non respect for the internal rules and regulations and daily management guide as well as the constitution of COHESODEC.
 
 Shall be sanctioned severely. (Sanctions shall be determined by the Management Board.
 Shall be fined to pay a certain amount of money to be determined by the Management Board.
 Shall be suspended from all activities of COHESODEC for varying durations to be determined by the Management Board.
 Shall be completely expelled from the organ in severe cases that cannot be managed or tolerated by the Board.(such decisions shall be taken after due considerations must have been made to remedy the situation).
 Shall take legal measures where appropriate as the Management Board shall deem necessary.
 Shall if need be resort to detention and seek for payment of damages to the organ.
 These internal rules and regulations shall be respected by all concerned. All parts of these internal rules and regulations and the daily management guide could be modified, change or amended only by a 2\3 majority vote of the Management Board in sitting.
 
                               To God Be The Glory
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