A new paradigm for local development strategies in Cameroon

The project aims to place culture at the heart of local development processes in Cameroon by raising awareness of the potential of cultural industries for social and economic development. Representatives of local councils and cultural operators will be trained on recently adopted national and international legal instruments related to culture and development, namely Cameroon’s 2004 decentralization laws and the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Institutional policy-making capacities will be strengthened to facilitate the integration of culture into local development policies.
Project manager:
Esongmbi Peter Mbuagbaw
Coordinator/ B.o.D Member
Beneficiary countries:
  • Cameroon
Funds allocated:
US $ 78.560,00
Project implementation period:
March, 2013 to February, 2014


For several years now, the debate over the place of culture in the development agenda has been challenging policymakers all over the world to integrate culture in development policies and strategies, at global, national and local levels. In Cameroon, this challenge has proved to be a particular daunting one, especially at the local level. Mbuagbaw E. Peter, coordinator at the Research Centre for Peace, Human Rights and Development (REPERID), explains why...