Developing Rural Areas and Improving Social Services
The multi-donor, International Development Association (IDA) funded Community Development Program Support Project is an important instrument used in the implementation of the government’s rural development strategy. The project assists the government of Cameroon in setting up and implementing a decentralized financing mechanism to ensure participatory community development in rural areas and improve access to basic social services.
The first phase of the program, approved in 2004, covered six out of the country’s ten regions. A second phase, approved in June 2009 for $40 million (World Bank financing), expands program activities to all regions and small towns and consolidates the achievements of the first phase. Overall, the program has generated strong local support from the towns and communities involved.
The project has accomplished the following: helped to improve school infrastructure around the country, provided 270,000 people with access to potable water, and improved the access of 20,000 households to roads and basic social services.
Improving Agricultural Competitiveness
Current World Bank engagement in the agricultural sector consists of two IDA-financed lending operations: (i) The Agricultural Competitiveness Project ($60 million) to increase the competitiveness of beneficiary producer organizations working on target value chains, and (ii) the Agriculture Investment and Market Development Project ($100 million in IDA funds and $25 million in IFC funds) to help transform low-productivity, subsistence-oriented cassava, maize, and sorghum subsectors into commercially-oriented and competitive value chains in four agro-ecological zones. An additional joint World Bank - IFC operation, the Livestock Development Project ($100 million in IDA funds to be delivered in 2017), will help improve productivity, market access, and livelihoods of small livestock farmers in targeted agro-ecological zones.
Enhancing Regional Trade and Integration
World Bank support to the Cameroon transport sector consists primarily of the CEMAC - Transport and Transit Facilitation Project (CEMAC-TTFP), the Cameroon Multimodal Transport Project (CMTP) and the Africa Road Safety Corridor Initiative (ARSCI).
The CEMAC Transport and Transit Facilitation Project is a regional IDA project totaling $680 million, out of which $409 million (62%) is designated to Cameroon. The project also assists Chad and the Central African Republic. The project’s objective is to facilitate regional trade among the CEMAC member states and improve Cameroon's, Chad's, and the Central African Republic’s access to world markets. The project is supported by the European Commission (EC), the African Development Fund (ADF), France, and Japan.
The Cameroon Multimodal Transport Project (CMTP) was approved in May 2014 to finance the complete restoration of a 61 km stretch of the Maroua-Mora road through a traditional bill of quantities approach. These works complement ongoing rehabilitation works under the parent CEMAC-TTF project between Mora and Kousseri, which is co-financed by the Government of Cameroon. It includes a five-year pilot performance-based contract for routine maintenance of a 270 km section of the road from Maroua to Kousseri (fully financed by the government of Cameroon through the Road Maintenance Funds), limited rail upgrading works (signaling), and technical assistance. It is a national IDA project of $91 million, out of which $71 million are IDA funds.
The road safety activities envisaged under the Africa Road Safety Corridor Initiative (ARSCI), a regional trust fund, will provide a critical interface between public sector interventions and work on improving commercial freight. It supplements the more global approach of road safety undertaken as part of the CEMAC-TTFP. The project is based on a partnership model that creates a synergy amongst the various ongoing road safety activities in the public, private, and humanitarian sectors within the framework of the Central Africa Corridor. It documents the corridor’s road safety activities and their results in a way that maximizes learning and sharing among stakeholders.
Boosting Cameroon’s Electricity Production
Cameroon is seeking to increase investments in the energy sector to boost the country’s development and strengthen economic growth. To help Cameroon achieve this goal, the World Bank’s energy team is preparing a new IBRD financed operation, the Electricity Transmission and Reform Project. The main objectives of the project will be to improve the capacity, efficiency and stability of Cameroon’s national electricity transmission network, and strengthen the government’s capacity to develop cost-efficient hydropower projects.
The Kribi Gas Power Project, a joint World Bank-IFC project was approved in November 2011, with committed IDA financing of $82 million. The Kribi Gas Power Project will provide up to 216 MW of capacity that will feed into Cameroon’s southern integrated grid through a 100 km transmission line. The project triggered the first commercial development of Cameroon’s substantial gas reserves which have the potential to complement Cameroon’s growth from oil. It will benefit 163,000 households, including households located in rural areas, and make 50 MW available to Aluminium du Cameroun (Alucam) through a power purchase agreement with AES SONEL at cost-reflective prices with positive benefits for the economy.
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2015