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Vacancy for Volunteering\Internship Opportunity in Cameroon
This volunteer/internship opportunity is open to anyone from any part of the world.
Condition of Volunteerism/Internship.

  • Be above the age of 17
  • Duration: 1 to 6 months
  • Can Write  and speak English Language
  • Be in Good Health Condition
  • Can fundraise or donate/support anyone of the selected project
  • Responsible for their cost of accommodation and Feeding in Cameroon.

Note:ICENECDEV Team can book you a comfortable  accommodation with Guest Houses, Presbyterian Guest House ,Government Residential Area, Student residential area, Village communities or Host local Family before your arrival.
Interested volunteer/intern can select any one of the project below and email their cover letter, motivation letter and CV at admin@icenecdev.org, icenecdev2006@yahoo.com or info@icenecdev.org
1.Solid Waste Management - Role of Environmental Education Program in Cameroon.
The research will focus on how environmental education program could effectively lead to effective solid waste management in local communities in Cameroon.
The following research questions will be given answer to in the course of the study.
1)    What are the environmental education programs that are inexistence and implemented in Cameroon
2)     Are the people aware of these environmental education programs in schools and local communities?
3)    Are they applying the knowledge and skills that they acquire from these environmental education programs?
4) The role of the Councils, Government and civil society organization in Solid waste Management.
The outcome of the research will be used as baseline study in case there is need to source for Partners who can support local communities in Cameroon with more advanced strategies/means to mitigate solid waste disposal in our communities.
2.    Fundamental Human Rights in Cameroon Prisons.

RESEARCH AIMS
The Prison Project is a  nationwide study in Cameroon  on the prison  conditions on the fundamental human rights. The project has the following overall aims:

  • To examine in detail the conditions of confinement (Accommodation)


   To examine the conditions and effects on the following life domains:

  • Access to water,hygiene and sanitation(WASH) to inmates
  • Access to food supply to prisoners
  •  Prisoners' health care
  • Paralegal services/family support
  • Access to education/vocational training programmes.
  • Role of the Government and Civil Society Organisations.

The outcome of the research will be used as baseline study in case there is need to source for Partners who can support the prison conditions in Cameroon technically, materially or and Financially.

3. The impact of climate change on  Food Security  in Cameroon.

Climate change will affect all four dimensions of food security: food availability, food accessibility, food utilization and food systems stability. It will have an impact on human health, livelihood assets, food production and distribution channels, as well as changing purchasing power and market flows. Its impacts will be both short term, resulting from more frequent and more intense extreme weather events, and long term, caused by changing temperatures and precipitation patterns, People who are already vulnerable and food insecure are likely to be the first affected. Agriculture-based livelihood systems that are already vulnerable to food insecurity face
immediate risk of increased crop failure, new patterns of pests and diseases, lack of appropriate seeds and planting material, and loss of livestock. People living on the coasts and floodplains and in mountains, drylands and the Arctic are most at risk. http://www.fao.org/forestry/15538079b31d45081fe9c3dbc6ff34de4807e4.pdf.

This paper will provides background information on the effects of climate change on food security, and ways to deal with the new threat. It also shows the opportunities for the agriculture sector to adapt and  contribute to mitigating the climate challenge in Cameroon.

4.Impact of Deforestation on Climate Change Case Study the Mount Cameroon Forest Region
Forests are vital for life, home to millions of species, they protect soil from erosion, produce oxygen, store carbon dioxide, and help control climate. Forests are also vital for us to live as they provide us with food, shelter and medicines as well as many other useful things. They also purify the air we breathe and water that we need to survive. Deforestation by humans is causing all of these necessary functions to be lessened, and hence damaging the atmosphere even further.
Forests play a huge role in the carbon cycle on our planet. When forests are cut down, not only does carbon absorption cease, but also the carbon stored in the trees is released into the atmosphere as CO2 if the wood is burned or even if it is left to rot after the deforestation process.
Smaller crops e.g. plants and agricultural crops also draw in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, however forests store up to 100 times more carbon than agricultural fields of the same area.
Deforestation is an important factor in global climate change. Climate change is because of a build up of carbon dioxide in out atmosphere and if we carry on cutting down the main tool we have to diminish this CO2 build up, we can expect the climate of our planet to change dramatically over the next decades.
It is estimated that more than 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide are released to the atmosphere due to deforestation, mainly the cutting and burning of forests, every year.
Over 30 million acres of forests and woodlands are lost every year due to deforestation; causing a massive loss of income to poor people living in remote areas who depend on the forest to survive.
This Paper will examine the contribution of deforestation to climate change in the mount Cameroon forest region and suggest strategies to mitigate climate change.
5. Impact of land grabbing on food security in Cameroon.
Rich countries grabbing farmland in Africa to feed their growing populations can leave rural populations there without land or jobs and make the continent's hunger problem more severe, an environmental think tank said on Tuesday.
The trend is accelerating as wealthier countries in the Middle East and Asia, particularly China, seek new land to plant crops, lacking enough fertile ground to meet their own food needs, Washington DC-based Worldwatch Institute said.
World watch said its researchers interviewed more than 350 farmers' groups, NGOs, government agencies and scientists over 17 months. The meetings, held in 25 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, addressed issues that hinder the efforts of African farmers to alleviate hunger and poverty.
"People are always saying that Africa needs to feed itself. It can't do that if the Chinese and the Saudis are taking up the best land for production for food," Danielle Nierenberg, director of World watch's Nourishing the Planet project, told Reuters.
The International Food Policy Research Institute reports that 15 million to 20 million hectares of land in sub-Saharan Africa have been purchased by foreign investors between 2006 and mid-2009.
"There are millions more hectares that are being sold by governments that have not been documented," Nierenberg added.
In many cases, farmers whose families may have tilled the land for years are unaware the land -- owned by the government or a community-shared plot -- has been sold.
Investors say land deals help alleviate the world food crisis by tapping into a country's "unused" agricultural potential and providing poor countries with money, infrastructure and other resources that improve food security.
The International Institute for Economic Development, World Bank, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, and International Fund for Agricultural Development have issued studies on the economic possibilities of international land deals.
"If all governments capably represented the interests of their citizens, these cash-for-cropland deals might improve prosperity and food security for both sides," Robert Engelman, Worldwatch executive director, said in statement.
"But that's not often the case. It's critical that international institutions monitor these arrangements and find ways to block those that are one-sided or benefit only the wealthy," he said.
While Worldwatch encourages more international guidance in land deals, it said African governments themselves must be aware of the long-term impact of land grabs.
"Strengthening the role that African governments' play and making sure they are not selling off their land and undermining their own farming system is important, and that will go well beyond any international regulations," Nierenberg said.
(Reporting by Christine Stebbins; Editing by David Gregorio) http://www.reuters.com/article/us-investment-land-idUSTRE76P77P20110726
The last decade has witnessed a serious change in the distribution and accessibility of food. In 2010 Ethiopia like in many African countries) was home to 2.8 million people in need of emergency food aid; yet this country had concurrently sold more than 600,000 hectares of agricultural land to transnational companies that export the majority of their produce (Reuters, 2011; Economist, 2009; Green, 2011). Ethiopia remains a country facing great food insecurity, which is a lack of access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food (WHO, 2011); a paradigm that focuses upon the financial and distributive aspects of providing food. Although Ethiopia is just one of many countries facing this dilemma, it illustrates how the issue of food sovereignty is becoming increasingly as important as that of food security. This paper will address the role that sovereignty plays in light of mass foreign acquisition of land in countries which face high levels of food insecurity. The importance of food security and food sovereignty will be exemplified within the context of ‘land grabbing’ in a demonstrative case study of Ethiopia (https://sites.tufts.edu/jha/archives/1241).
This paper will examine the impacts of land grabbing  on food security especially among the rural population with little or no access to information and strong cultural and traditional values against the women population.
6. Volunteers For International Mountain Cameroon Race of Hope
ICENECDEV needs 100 volunteers to participate in the mount Cameroon race of hope organized by Guiness S.A and Cameroon Government in the month of February every year.
The Activities of the Volunteers will include:

  • Designing and Distribution of Flyers and brochures
  • To educate and sensitize the local population and village communities on its projects and programmes.
  • Radio/TV Sensitisation campaign on waste management on the Mount Cameroon Forest Region.
  • Exhibition of Environmental products such as waka waka, Fuel Efficient Stoves and Paper bag.
  • Participate as an athletes during the competition
  • Tree planting in schools and local communities
  • Bird Watching  and wildlife tracking in National Parks
  • Distribution of water to athletes/runners
  • Coordinating local and international volunteers
  • Medical Assistance to athletes/Runners ( Deadline to apply:1st December every year)

7. Eco Summer Youth Programme
Every year between 27th June-15th August,ICENECDEV organizes Eco Summer programme for youths in Cameroon.
The Eco summer youth is to empower more than 10,000 youths between 2016 to 2020 towards sustainable development and contribution to the head state vision 2035 agenda.
It is within this framework that ICENECDEV designed a 5 year programme as part of it strategic plan  to empower youth with basics skills on  enterpreurialship,environmental protection, international cultural exchange and information, communication and technology(ICT) to be equipped with basic knowledge and skills for the job market.
The youths will train on;

  • Basics Project designing and project writing
  • Basic of Computer Studies
  • Business plan development/entrepreneurship
  • Sport for Environment (Football)
  • Cultural Exchange and Environmental film show.
  • Ecotourism , Fuel Efficient Stoves,Climate change,Bee keeping,and Agroforestry
  • Waka Waka & Paper Bag Concept.
  • Field work/Field trip/Excursion/Debate.

ICENECDEV  needs the knowledge and skills of local and international volunteer to coordinate and organize  this programme in Cameroon
8.  Forest/Habitat Fragmentation and Human Wildlife Conflict on the Mount Cameroon Forest Region.

Forest/habitat fragmentation and Human- wildlife conflicts are among the challenges that are of great concern to conservationists as far as achieving the goals of elephant conservation within state ranges. Although much has been done in some protected areas in the Central African Sub-Region in general and in Cameroon in particular on forest/habitat fragmentation and human- wildlife  conflicts, very little is known of this situation in the Mount Cameroon Forest region in South West Cameroon. The absence of such a valuable baseline data has created a knowledge gap that need to be closed and at the same time provide conservation strategies and better policies  for decision making.
In this vein, there is therefore the need to source baseline information with respect to forest/habitat fragmentation and human-wildlife conflicts in the Mount Cameroon Forest region. This project will contribute to the ongoing regional search for baseline information on the forest/habitat fragmentation and human elephant conflicts in Cameroon. The study in order to achieve set objectives will employ  socio-economic and Biological assessment techniques. Biological assessment  in the form of line transect establishment, a hunter guided survey, the use of the Global Positioning Systems (GPS Garmin 60CSx) and the Geographic Information System (GIS). The socio-economic techniques will make use of the random and the purposive sampling Methodologies for the selection of villages and the respondents for questionnaire administration. Alongside these sampling techniques, some selected Participatory RuralAppraisal (PRA) tools will be used for data collection.

The Objectives of the Study.

To contribute in the search for a solution to this pan African conservation problem.This study on the Human- wildlife Conflicts and Habitat fragmentation in the  Mount Cameroon Forest of the South West Region is  developed with the following objectives:
•  To evaluate the type and nature of human activities.
•  To assess human - wildlife conflicts resulting from human activities.
•  To map out potential locations of human activities and associated conflicts.
•  To map out susceptible areas of human- wildlife conflicts in the study area.
•  To assess the impact of human activities and associated human- wildlife conflicts on elephant habitat fragmentation.

9.   Role of  Rural Women Farmers in Poverty Alleviation in Cameroon

The objectives of this study will be as follows:
1. Determine the existing type of farming practice by rural women farmers.
2. Identify suggestions by rural women farmers to improve their income level and sustainable livelihood.
3. Assess income level of the rural women farmers on yearly basis

10.  Environmental Dimension of   Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
This paper will prompt an investigation into the various environmental  implication and impacts  to  attain the sustainable development goals(SDGs) and make this goals  realistic.

11.  Access to Women Land Rights In Cameroon
The most important resource for rural women is land. Despite women’s critical role and contribution to agriculture, rural development, and food security, women across the world are discriminated in terms of their access to, ownership of and control over land, and the income produced from it. Women’s ability to access land and to claim, use and defend rights to land and other natural resources is weakened by their status within the household and community, as well as discriminatory customary or statutory laws. Growing commercial pressures on land increase dependency on subsistence agriculture and further undermine women’s land rights.
According to FAO’s 2011 State of Food and Agriculture Report (SOFA), evidence of gender inequalities in access to land is ‘overwhelming’: social norms discriminate against women, with customary practices restricting women’s ability to own or operate land, and if they do, that land is generally of a lesser quality and size than men’s (SOFA 2011:23ff), but land rights for women are crucial to closing the gender gap in agriculture. In IFAD supported programmes, secure land tenure is central to reducing rural poverty and increasing agricultural production, as well as achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. ILC, a network of intergovernmental and civil society organisations, of which IFAD and FAO are founding members, promotes secure and equitable access to land for women and men and has a targeted Women’s Land Rights Initiative(International Land Coalition).
This Paper will examine  the various strategies and practical  legal  procedures put in place to better advocate for women land rights in Cameroon.

12. Girls Education –The Key to Poverty Alleviation.
Women represent more than half of the world’s Population and most of the poorest people in the world are women and victimize in many communities in the developing countries.
We need faster progress on equality for women ,if we are to achieve the sustainable development goals(SDGs)
This paper will examine the various polices  which can implemented  and already implemented in some countries to  invest in the girl child to mitigate poverty in many communities in developing countries.

Women Farmers Literacy Center


The project involve the building of hall of two floor of 8 squares metres at lower Bokova Village (mile15) to be used as a community hall for training on agricultural literacy and Community library. The goal of the project is to promote agricultural literacy and improve sustainable livelihood among 2,000 women farmers in village communities in Buea South West Region, Cameroon.

ADDRESS

  • Address: P.O Box 641 Lower Bokova, Mile 15. Buea South West Region,Cameroon
  • Email: info@icenecdev.org
  • Email: icenecdev2006@yahoo.com
  • Website: www.icenecdev.org
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ABOUT US

ICENECDEV is building a global grassroots to raise environmental awareness, promoting education and supporting community development programs by sharing practical ways in which people are addressing environmental conservation issues

PROGRAMMES

Each year ICENECDEV promote environmental conservation education in schools, prisons and local communities in Cameroon by establishing environmental clubs liaison with school administration in primary and secondary schools in Cameroon.

FOR DONATION

  • Name of Bank: Ecobank Cameroon
  • Account Name: ICENECDEV
  • Account Number: CM2110029260220132201840107
  • IBAN: CM2110029260220132201840107
  • Bank Swift Code: ECOCCMCX