Building a Vibrant State‑Civil Society in Cameroon Facing the Changes of the New Millenium
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They give off aromas of vanilla, cherry, almonds, and a spiciness that resembles cinnamon. The beer itself was very lightly tart cherry with chocolate, cinnamon and a bit of coffee. It was one of the more interesting stouts of the day in my opinion. Think chocolate, syrup, coffee, and a kick of bourbon. A delicious gose with the perfect meld of tart and salty with a bright, fresh burst of apricot and peaches. Oh and thanks for the t-shirt guys! Horus Aged Ales brought a The Kent Falls Brewing Company was my last brewery of the day.
It poured a deliciously creamy pink and had an almost fruit punch taste to it followed quickly by the hibiscus and finished off with bitter pineapple.
Definitely an interesting beer. The Gose not only won the prize for the longest name of the day but was also pretty damn tasty! It was brewed with mangoes, lime zest, and dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops. The tart lime and sweet mango went together very well. It was a great way to finish off a day of drinking. After some small talk and a few pictures, I made my way home to recoup. Overall Civil Society pulled off another fantastic anniversary party.
I only heard two complaints from folks the entire day.
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The first was that there should be water stations on both sides of the event and not just one in the center that seemed to be empty any time I was nearby. I just think with that many people more than one station is a must.
The other complaint which I heard often the day of and the days following was that some of the visiting breweries ran out of beer in the first couple of hours or in J.
By about the three-hour mark a majority of the brewers were done for the day. Of course, the number one complaint was that if you schedule a festival to run until 5: Keep in mind Civil continued to pour inside the brewery.
I think the main culprit was the glasses that Civil used. In closing, two years in Civil are showing no signs of slowing down.
Hopefully, that collaboration is with someone new that we will see in town for the 3rd-anniversary block party. The misuse of these concepts became a part of the system, and used as a false passport for personal accumulation and of bleeding the nation to death. An interesting analysis is given by Bayart in what he terms "the politics of the belly". Echoing on the issue, the Le Messager newspaper 16 March wrote: Slowly, but surely, they started taking over all strategic appointments once held by people of different tribal horizons.
The story was the same in every other province of Cameroon as a top civil servant once inadvertently confirmed on T. Rather, it is on the increase for every appointment made be it in the private or public sector.
Less than a decade in office, civil society could easily access the achievements of the New Deal Government NDG with that of the predecessor. The record of the NDG remains pathetic in many aspects countless catastrophes, salary cuts disasters, decline in living standards, so salary increase for the past 18 years, embezzlement and hundreds of other cases.
These acts were enough to pacify civil society or to induce it to greater actions for change. Or what Diamond He also adds that in Cameroon "fathers" in the presidency and high offices fattened up on "sons left with little nourishment now, or prospects in the future".
Government legitimacy was gone, and would have to be restored before any democratization could take place. Fundamental here was the part that civil society played a balancing role — i.
First the credibility hegemony and legitimacy of the ruling regime and party was described and seriously challenged.
However the party contested the Presidential elections which is allegedly claimed to have won but victory stolen from Ni John Fru Ndi. The presidential elections was boycotted by the SDF following the events and circumstance surrounding the parliamentary elections. The creation of the SDF and the emergence of many mushroom parties backed by civil society played a catalytic role in the democratization transition process though Cameroon still has a long road to travel to genuine democratic rules and practices.
The past decade has witnessed remarkable progress for democracy and economic reforms. With the collapse of communism, democracy has reached or touched every region of the world for the first time in history, and in the words of Huntington The move towards democracy provides the much needed political space to manufacture new forms of governance whereby social capital can be constructed.
Civil society has a role to play towards the realization of such goals. It could be argued that taking such an uncompromising approach towards the state may undercut the overall objective of building social capital and strengthening civil society. Both politics and economics constitute complimentary processes with each impacting on the other in many and varied ways.
In short, to institutionalize "popular participation and responsibility. For example, the newspaper, Le Messager of 9 June wrote: The horrible truth that soon became apparent was the fact that the President of the Republic could no longer control his own people. He could not even control his wife who depleted one of the banks to build villas, a palace, plantations and other businesses for the Presidential couple and their numerous relations. Schmitz states that "support for democratic participation therefore should mean empowering the people to make their own decisions not engineering the forms of good governance which other elites are expected to undertake".
The new agenda of civil society should be one of democratizing existing authoritarian structures. To begin with, this should involve, accepting that development is more than economic growth and institutional structures of governance.
Or what Tim Broadhead notes, "a process of realizing potential, maximizing choices and allowing people thereby to become more fully human". The wealth of the nation became the prerogative of a selected few who felt they were doing the nation a favour by constructing roads or providing social services and other amenities to the society. In reality, funds for these development projects being the sweat of the suffering masses hijacked by the governing elites as their personal properties.
Selfish interest has replaced the common interest, destroying the sense of belonging amongst the excluded group of people within the society. In short, has anything changed from the days of a captive, hand clapping and weak parliament to that of an institution sharing power with other branches of the government, especially the executive?
Who participates, when, how and to what effect in the emerging new political dispensation of the societies enormously important to the depth and durability of the democratization of the nation.
So far this is not the case. What continues to exist is the total absence of the necessary political mechanism to aid the transition from authoritarian to democratic governance. Largely also because the developed democracies and the Bretton Woods Financial Institutions for all their invocation of politically correct language, have shown that they are not ready to surrender control over agenda setting to local democratic forces.
Western dominated development agenda constantly defines the parameters of development and behaviour in Cameroon as well as in other countries under transition. France takes the lead in articulating and setting the pace for such behaviour. France remains the principal agent for "delivering development" to Cameroon.
Who articulates policy strategies and measures for the destruction and not constructing of the society?
Cameroon became vulnerable following the collapse of the First Republic and to pressures exerted on the Second Republic by the very doings of those who control the New Deal Regime.
Admittedly, while the revival of civil society has received encouragement from the international community, the global impact has also been the down fall and weakening of civil society who for a number of reasons beg and dance to the calls of these international bodies like state governments have done all these years.
The challenge is how to exert autonomy and independence towards its objectives. So far, the question is whether Cameroon can be devorced from its international and transnational connections and to resist the presence of dominant international financial actors? The challenges for civil society and for the overall survival of democratic governance in Cameroon is to understand the issues of global connectedness that the management of development and democracy in Cameroon will move toward more democratic and developmental connectedness when these issues are coherently appraised and incorporated into a common policy framework.
On top of that, the country's image keeps declining within the international arena as the leader of the nation has presented himself as an "absentee president" falling to be a participant in international arenas where and when it is necessary. Cameroon has adopted a policy strategy of keeping away from vital African and international fora. The list is long. Let us contend ourselves with those mentioned here. Could absence be interpreted as a phobia in countries that presidents have been democratically elected in a freely and fairly conducted electoral process?
Could absence be interpreted as a sign of guilt?
Or should this be seen as the country's leadership being allergic to genuine transformation to good governance? Hence a new political and economic development agenda emerging from a rapprochement of the Cameroon people and a revitalized civil society is required to promote economic growth and democracy in the country.
The state must be brought back from the current wondering expeditions to that of national reconstruction, economic and political progress to counter act the negative effects of globalization disparity and dwindling welfare gap both between and within the country.
For the past two decades, the state has lost credibility and legitimacy. The issue is to regain lost trust and confidence. A cord of peace and reconciliation must be brokered between the State and civil society.
The wind of political change blowing across the continent implies that a recovery of civil society is taking place in Cameroon.
That wind of charge begins with the resurgence of local voluntary efforts of citizens banding together to solve their common problems. When conditions are right, it moves forward to inject new life to the structures of government by creating and expanding arena of "civic governance". This happened on 26 May On top of that, it cannot do the job all by itself. That is why the marriage between the two is imperative for society to move in the right direction.
This is simply in part a reaction to the many disappointments and failures in system of governance which Cameroonians have been subjected to that so much effort is going into finding ways to realize this idealism. Civil society associations in various ways have a crucial role to play in the process of political change, curbing political violence, limiting the politics of ethnic hegemony and cleansing through mobilization of all available societal resources natural and humanmobilization of community participation and vigilance, and as well as adopting, articulating and aggregating a policy of reconciliation, consensus, dialogue and participation between the various contending political forces.
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That effort should not be allowed to decline. Rather, all civic associations should join forces to advance the return to democratic governance and good management. The question of course, remains, for how long will belly politics reign? This it applied in which split the NUDP into two blocks.
And of recent, the same strategy was adopted in splitting the SDF. The countervailing forces of the State should not be under estimated in the process of destabilizing opposition parties. There are indications that the desire for material improvement is fuelling the democratization process in Cameroon. This implies, first that the feasibility of democratization will depend partly on the correlation of this process with better economic prospects.
The creation of a democratic and development culture remains crucial and constitute the only way forward to building a vibrant and sustainable society. Cameroon is currently facing growing crisis in health care, welfare, unemployment, and many other critical issues.
The resolution to these issues even though with a 8. Yet these Gordian knots form the stuff of the recovery of civil society in Cameroon. It is even more clear given the failure rate of the governance that they cannot be resolved in conventional terms and forms.
They key in finding the way out is a return to civil society through the community and its citizens working together with the state.
Democracy is more than the sum of its institutions. A healthy democracy depends in large part on the development of a civic culture. And culture here refers to the behaviours, practices and norms that define the ability of a people to govern themselves.