World Bank support to increase community access to climate-resilient infrastructure and build local capacity – Cameroon

WASHINGTON, September 28, 2022 – The World Bank today approved a $300 million International Development Associated (IDA) credit to support Cameroon’s efforts to build local capacity and community resilience.

The Local Governance and Resilient Communities project will directly benefit approximately 180 municipalities with more than 1.5 million inhabitants and contribute to strengthening the capacity of local authorities to manage resources and provide better services to their citizens, as well as to increase community access to climate-resilient infrastructure. .

The project aims to support Cameroon’s development goals by strengthening community participation in local planning and governance; provide key community infrastructure resilient to climate change; and building the capacity of decentralized local authorities to manage and implement public investments.

“We know that fragility and poverty are exacerbated by the increased challenges posed by natural hazards and climate change. The most vulnerable communities in all regions have been severely affected and have seen their habitat, livelihoods or crops damaged, destroyed or lost,” said Abdoulaye Seck, World Bank Country Director for Cameroon. “In this context, it is important to support communities and local governments, such as municipalities and regional councils, to develop and access climate-resilient infrastructure and to further promote citizen engagement to improve the resource management and inclusive service delivery”.

The Local Governance and Resilient Communities project specifically aims to improve: (i) community infrastructure and basic services; and (ii) the multi-level governance framework and the capacity of decentralized entities to deliver services. The project aims to build long-term economic, climate and community resilience.

PRESS RELEASE No.: 2023/008/AFR

contacts

In Cameroon

Odilia Renata Hebga

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