The Concept of Peasant Economists: An Innovative Approach to Community Development By Ntemfac Nchwete Ofege

Could it just be that by bringing people together to poll all their financial and intellectual wealth together, community projects like the provision potable water, the maintenance of roads, the construction of schools, the invention and sustenance of electricity, the improved of health services and innovative agriculture could be handled better and faster than by governments?

This is what PEECAS or the Peasant Economists Association, code named PEECAS,  is all about. PEECAS was initiated by its founding fathers, who are based in Cameroon and abroad, to underscore the importance of any do-it-yourself projects to local communities.

Its was founded on the premise that individuals, groups and communities could and shoule be catalysts of their own development initiatives without exclusive dependence on the government for support.

As a spillover, the provision of basic infrastructure and community services could curb rural-urban exodus.  As a compliment,  asylum seekers searching for the ever-elusive Golden Fleece in seeming greener pastures in Europe and elsewhere can be lured back to their villages thanks to improved services and basic infrastructure.

Objectives of PEECAS:

-To identify existing socio-cultural and economic development structures as well as vulnerable groups in target communities.

-To discuss socio-economic and development initiatives with target populations.

-To strengthen the capacity of target communities and vulnerable groups thereby making them agents of  self-growth and socio-economic development.

-To mobilise concerned target groups and populations towards directed self reliant  growth and socio-economic development.

Activities of PEECAS:

– Carry out and inventory of existing socio-cultural and development associations and vulnerable groups in targeted communities to discuss socio-economic and development concerns of common interest.

– Organise sensitisation and mobilisation meetings with target groups and communities.

– Appeal for support from local , national and external elites of target groups and communities.

– Make regular reports to stakeholders and partners on activities and achievements.

– Organise workshops to train community team leaders and representatives .

PEECAS was created as a development association in January 2009 at Mankon Bamenda to address these challenges. It was officially registered and acknowledged by the Senior Divisional Officer for Mezam Division by Authorisation Ref. N° 083/E.29/1111/Vol.8/APPB of 29th December, 2009.

PEECAS is apolitical and non discriminative on the basis of age, sex, colour, creed, ethnicity, nationality, etc.. Branches shall be gradually established in other regions of Cameroon depending on availability of resources. PEECAS has the intention of establishing external branches depending on the interest of the elites abroad who subscribe to values, goal and objectives of the association

Logo:

PEECAS Logo portrays its development priorities such as roads, electricity, water and community groups anchored on such attainable goals like good health

Motto:

From us, For us, By us

Target Population:

Disadvantaged communities and vulnerable groups

Prioritiy Areas of Intervention:

Rural road network, bridges (culverts), rural electrification, pipe borne water, wells, sanitation, health infrastructure/equipment, educational infrastructure/equipment and assistance to farmers.

Vision:

Accessibility by all to the fruits of development.

Mission statement:

PEECAS intends to promote the  socio-cultural and development of vulnerable groups as well as disadvantaged communities thanks to support from local, national and external elites.

Goal:

The goal of PEECAS is to alleviate poverty through directed and sustainable self development efforts.

Management Structure:

PEECAS is managed by an executive comity made up of : a president and vice, secretary general, treasurer, financial secretary, public relations officer and two advisers.

Divisional Structure:

Divisional outreach or branches are managed by a project committee of 5 members : a chairman, a secretary, treasurer, financial secretary, a public relation officer and two members.

Their role is to mobilise the target communities and vulnerable groups towards the realisation of  priority projects. Divisional outreach or branches are the critical focal points for project conception and execution.

Reporting:

Branch executives table reports of local project and development activities to the head office for exploitation and concrete action.

The head office staff are charged with synthesizing branch reports for the Annual  General Assembly of PEECAS These reports are also ventilted to development partners and other stakeholders.

NB: Our values:

–         Accountability

–          Record keeping

–          Service to the needy

Head Office:

PEECAS’s head office is located at Alamatu – Mankon, Bamenda, North West Region of Cameroon where its first Constituent Assembly was held.

Contact Address:

All contacts can be made to the following addresses;

The Peasant Economists Association

National Head Office

Alamatu, Mankon

P. O Box 1080,

Cameroon

Tel: (+237) 77719121

Tel: (+237) 77660859

Email: peecascameroon@gmail.com

The Peasant Economists Association

International Office

Bürgermeister-Schmelzingstr.90c

Apartment 22

47475 Kamp-Lintfort

Germany

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