" Working for Justice and Peace is a Question of Balance."

MISEREOR’s Project Officer for the Central African Region, Mr. Vincent HENDRICKX Visits the Justice & Peace Service

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This visit which took place within the context of the ongoing armed conflict in the North West & south West Regions of Cameroon had as objectives, to understand the challenges the JPS Team is facing, and also to evaluate the level of its implementation of the MISEREOR funded project for the Archdiocese of Bamenda.

With the high level of insecurity in the North West Region, this meeting took place in Bafoussam on the 30th of November 2019 in the Diocesan Office of CODAS Caritas, bringing together the full JPS Team, including our Volunteer Barristers, and Mr. Vincent HENDRICKX.

At the end on the successful deliberations, all stakeholders left with concrete actions to strengthen the process of implementation of the project, and proposals for future areas of cooperation. They also prayed for an end to the hostilities, and subsequently a lasting solution to the armed conflict.

Being his very first visit to JPS Bamenda, he was given some souvenirs as gifts peculiar to this region.

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Emergency Market Based Food & Non-Food Support to IDPs

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Since March 2019 the JPS in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services and Social Welfare/Caritas Bamenda have been engaged in a 4 Months Pilot Project on Providing Food and Non-Food Items (NFIs) to IDPs (Direct Beneficiaries) with the use of E-Vouchers.

This pilot project had as direct target, 300 Food Insecure Households (1,800 individuals) in Old Town Quarter, Bamenda II Subdivision, and 8 vendors (Food and NFIs) as indirect targets in the Bamenda Main Market.

The main objectives of the project were to support Vulnerable IDP Families meet their basic needs, and also to improve the capacity of implementing partners to integrate innovative and appropriate Market-Based Cash Transfer Mechanisms in their Emergency Response Programmes.

Activities implemented included sensitization about the project, targeting, registration, validation, selection of Beneficiaries & vendors, setup and management of feedback and complaint mechanisms, trainings on beneficiary rights, and card distribution to beneficiaries. Most of this was done with the use of technology; Android Smartphones, Tablets, Smart Cards, CAT Platform). Beneficiaries within this phase received 02 Food Transfers, and 01 NFI Transfer.

At the end of the pilot phase, a total of 283 Households and 1,573 IDPs and 08 Vendors benefitted.

As lessons learnt, beneficiaries were fully involved at every stage of the project, and other Community Stakeholders were involved in targeting. The E-Voucher System greatly minimized fraud and the cumbersome nature of having to mobilize IDPs for distribution of support.

The next phase of this project will run from June 2019 to February 2020 targeting 21,000 IDPs and 4000 Households in neigbourhoods within Bamenda I, II, III and Santa Subdivisions of the North West Region.

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A Vendor attending to an IDP's Purchases using the E-Voucher System

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Project Staff Pay Working Visit to Vendors

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Project Staff and IDPs visit Vendors to Facilitate Access to Support

Collaboration with International Organizations on the on-going Armed Conflict in North West & South West Regions of Cameroon

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Lately, the Justice and Peace Services has been in close collaboration with a series of international humanitarian organizations currently monitoring, and supporting victims of the armed conflict in various domains.

She is a member of the Protection and Child Protection Clusters constituted by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). It has also been actively part of Monthly Coordination Meetings to appraise the general humanitarian situation in the North West Region.

In addition to OCHA, JPS has been having information & Exchange Sessions with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), International Rescue Committee, and Medecins du Monde.

She has also been an active participant in trainings on Gender Based Violence in Times of Conflict, organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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National Day of the United States of America 2019

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Taking consideration of the strong ties and long collaboration between the Justice and Peace Service and the U.S Embassy Yaoundé Cameroon, the Coordinator Laura Anyola Tufon has been honoured with an invitation to attend the celebration of the National Day of the United States of America.

This event took place on Thursday June 27th 2019 at the U.S. Embassy Chancery, Yaoundé.

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