Country infoCameroon

Population: 21.7 million (2012)
Per Capita Income: USD 1,170/year (2012)
Poverty rate*: 40% (2007)
Literacy rate: 71% (2009)
Human Development Index: Index: 150th out of 187 countries (2012)


Cameroon’s geographic diversity is favourable to economic and agricultural activity, with farming providing a source of livelihood to 70% of the population. Cameroon in expected to achieve two Millennium Development Goals, universal primary education and the promotion of gender equality. Lack of infrastructure and an unfavourable business climate have hindered a sustainable reduction in poverty, with rates stuck at 40% since 2001. There is an inequitable distribution of resources and public services, notably in the health sector. Infant health and nutrition have worsened since 1990, especially in the north of the country. 55% of rural households are poor compared to 12% of urban households.

Sources: indexmundi, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank
*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.

Archived project
Vocational training for underprivileged women
October 2012 - December 2014


The association “Compter sur demain” aimed to enable more underprivileged young women from the capital Douala to become financially independent, by expanding the professional sewing school run by the local association Hand in Hand.

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Archived project
Chicken breeding to counter poverty
March 2010 - March 2013


The project aimed to construct a pilot poultry farm to produce 2,000 chickens, as well as providing training in poultry breeding techniques for the members of the federation. 

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