Computer and Entrepreneurship Development Center, Douala Cameroon


In 2011, YAA started a collaboration with Youth Business Cameroon (YBC) to carry out activities of the CEDC in Douala, Cameroon. This collaboration will seek to expand YAA's mission in Cameroon as a means to achieve its stated goals.

About YBC

Created in 2006 in Douala, YBC is a hybrid nonprofit organization legalized in 2006 with a mission to promote economic development through its business incubators and to foster small business developments in Cameroon by providing mentoring, coaching and providing sustainable business resources to community members. Youth Business Cameroon aim is to promote and support youth entrepreneurship and self-employment.

They have a vision to promote individual and collective initiatives aiming at reducing unemployment amongst youth, through the promotion and support of self employment, IT literacy and Leadership skills.

Problem Statement

Cameroon has been among the highly indebted poverty countries and still remains a part of it due to the myriad crisis of underdevelopment that exists in Cameroon despite its numerous resources and opportunities. 40% of the population lives below the poverty line which basically means 40% of the population has less than $1 a day to live. The literacy rate is 68%, with a male literacy rate of 77% and female of 59.8% (2001 est.). Because of its modest oil resources and favorable agricultural conditions, Cameroon has one of the best‐endowed primary commodity economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Still, it faces many of the serious problems that other underdeveloped countries face such as a top‐heavy civil service and a generally unfavorable climate for business enterprise. Cameroon's infrastructure presents a very challenging situation to the typical citizen who wishes to make a living in the country; low access to traditional banking for rural populations; relatively high costs of financial services to consumers; low access to credit for much of the population; and limited opportunities for diversification and development. The youth, employees and entrepreneurs in Cameroon have little knowledge or control of computers and resources.

Despite the existence of various structures and development programs of the computer literacy, Douala, which is the economical capital in Cameroon, has limited content or almost no computer training in schools (primary and secondary schools in particular). The increased willingness of youth and the market needs to show the necessity of many initiatives to promote IT. All in all, the myriad crisis in Cameroon stems from the inaccessibility of information and the inability of the citizens to recognize resources and opportunities in their immediate surroundings. There is huge potential for training and education as a result of further development in this sector. Therefore, the need to launch this program cannot be ignored.

Current Environment

The Computer and Business Development Center is a business incubator type platform which will provide access to a variety of programs geared towards technology, entrepreneurship and implementation of sustainable developments. The center focuses on our three main areas which include: literacy, empowerment and access.

Currently, we have an office space with 2 computers serving our trainees and participants since January 2009. These participants are mainly high school and university graduates, between the ages of 18- 35 and a male to female ratio of about 2:3. The activities of this center are coordinated by three full time staffs (Gilles Lewat(MBA), Aurelie Majo and Chantal Kwetchou) who are being assisted by 4 volunteers who are also proficient with the courses of the program. With such limited resources, efficiency and effectively of our operations cannot be well achieved with a computer to person ratio of 1:10. Our volunteers are forced to work for long rotating hours to be able to accommodate all participants on a daily basis. That being said, we are looking to expand this program platform with more computers and hopefully a larger space to accommodate the increasing public demand.

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