In the midst of COVID-19, we continue to serve our clients and partners!

The second wave of COVID confirms that it is imperative for any business that wishes to continue to exist and produce results to use digitalization. At STRATEGIES! thanks to the various solutions offered by technology, we will continue in 2021 as in 2020 to conduct most of our workshops online. Our partners before COVID, remain our partners during COVID.  We look forward to continuing to work with GIZ, KPCSC and the ICGLR, to contribute on issues such as digitization of governance, advocacy for the rights of communities affected by diamond mining, fiscal decentralization, public sector reforms and more. Here are some excerpts from the workshops in 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.

Read More

Looking for Africa-based, full-service Communications Firm to work at Sub-regional level.

STRATEGIES! is looking for a communications firm to partner with on the development and implementation of a communication strategy for an African Regional Member State Institution. The Communication firm will be responsible for:

  • Joint development of the 3-year Communication Strategy for the Peace and Security Program
  • Generating content and packaging for:
    • A quarterly brief produced electronically and distributed to all stakeholders
    • An annual report distributed both electronically and in print form
    • The stories of the program (3-6 per year) in short video format
  • Coordinating media relations, including:
    • Establishing a database of relevant media at national, regional and international levels
    • Drafting press releases for major events
    • Strengthening the relationships between relevant media and the institution

This contract will require 1-2 dedicated staff to manage the contract.  Work may include travel to East and Central Africa.

If you are interested, please send a presentation of your firm and at least 3 relevant samples of your work to strategiesrecrutement@gmail.com no later than Wednesday, February 13th.  For questions or further information, you may contact:

Land Line – +237 233 433 876 / 233 438 237

Mobile – +237 699 890 899

Recherche d’une entreprise de communication multiservices basée en Afrique pour travailler au niveau sous régional

Le cabinet STRATÉGIES! est à la recherche d’une entreprise de communication avec laquelle s’associer pour élaborer et mettre en œuvre une stratégie de communication pour une Institution Sous Régionale d’Etats Africains. La structure retenue sera responsable de:

  • Développer conjointement la stratégie de communication triennale pour le programme Paix et Sécurité
  • Générer du contenu et packaging pour:
    • Un rapport trimestriel produit électroniquement et distribué à toutes les parties prenantes
    • Un rapport annuel distribué sous forme électronique et imprimée
    • Les histoires du programme (3-6 par an) en format vidéo court
  • Coordonner les relations avec les médias, y compris:
    • Création d’une base de données des médias pertinents aux niveaux national, régional et international
    • Rédiger des communiqués de presse pour des événements majeurs
    • Renforcer les relations entre les médias pertinents et l’institution

Ce contrat nécessitera 1-2 employés dédiés. Les travaux peuvent inclure des voyages en Afrique de l’Est et Centrale.

Si vous êtes intéressé, veuillez envoyer une présentation de votre société et au moins trois exemples pertinents de votre travail à strategiesrecrutement@gmail.com  au plus tard le mercredi 13 février 2019. Pour toute question ou information complémentaire, vous pouvez contacter:

Ligne fixe : +237 233 433 876/233 438 237

Mobile : +237 699 890 899

A Week at Dartmouth: Bringing the African perspective to an American campus

A Week at Dartmouth: Bringing the African perspective to an American campus

For the past two years I have been invited to speak at Dartmouth College during the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI). The YALI program is, in my opinion, President Obama’s most significant legacy in Africa. The program which provides training and support to about 1,000 young African leaders from civil society, business and the public sector has not only increased the visibility of young African leaders, most importantly, it has enabled them to build networks. My engagement with Dartmouth, which is one of the prestigious Ivy League Schools in the US, has increased annually. This year the university used its “Great Issues Innovation Fund” to invite me in as a guest lecturer to spend a week at one of America’s most prestigious universities speaking to a wide variety of classes and groups.  It was a wonderful week of exchange, discussion, learning and experience sharing.

From Entrepreneurship to Activism

I am a political leader, entrepreneur and rights activist.  Dartmouth deftly drew from all of my experiences to create a wide variety of platforms for discussion and exchange.  I co-taught four classes.

  • Politics of Africa with Professor Jeremy Horowitz. Jeremy Horowitz who has lived in Africa, including in Cameroon knew exactly what to assign students as readings on Cameroon and on my personal experience as a political leader.  The hour flew as we covered Cameroon’s post-colonial journey, the current Anglophone crisis, the economics of dictatorships in Central Africa and the political perspectives for my wonderful country.  Dartmouth students do their homework. They had read and analyzed, enabling us to have in-depth discussions and make comparisons that stretched across the continent.  I left feeling buoyant. The students’ questions and perspectives triggered a multitude of new ideas in my mind.

 

  • Gender Identities & Politics in Africa with Professor Ayo Coly. I co-taught two sessions with this class and would go back again tomorrow without hesitation. Discussing with Ayo Coly was in itself a delight. This feminist professor of Senegalese origin delves into African feminist theory with gusto. She masterfully intertwined the dance performance of South African Dada Masilo, Obioma Nnaemeka’s notion of negro-feminism, the role of Liberian women in ending the war as portrayed in “Pray Back the Devil” and my own political leadership in Cameroon to produce the most thought-provoking discussion on Gender and Politics in Africa that I have participated in, in years. It is pleasantly jolting to theorize one’s own practice in the context of what  African women are doing all over our continent.  This class left me thinking, thinking and thinking.

 

  • The Challenges of Global Poverty with Don Steinberg.  Dartmouth is remarkable at drawing in nationally and internationally renowned figures to teach. Steinberg who has over 35 years-experience in US Foreign Policy as deputy administrator for USAID, National Security Council senior director for African Affairs and who served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations is a delight to exchange with. Here again the hour proved too short. I had to dig deep in my own 28+ years of working on development issues in Africa to meet the student’s questions.  From economic growth to education policy, we discussed different models I have had the opportunity to work with and lessons we can draw on to catapult development. Luckily, we were at the end of the day.  Exchanges with a handful of students continued for a good hour or so after class.

 

  • Women in Politics with Professor Deb Brooks. The timing did not work for me to participate in this class in person. Professor Brooks came up with the idea of filming a session for future use in her class. We covered my journey as a woman in politics.  Why I came into the field, challenges and successes in the last 10 years as well as perspectives for the future.  I look forward to seeing the video myself!

A variety of learning environments

I also tremendously enjoyed the variety of learning environments as I had coffee and desert with Human Development Fellows and King Scholars.  These less structured sessions with a smaller number of students enabled more in-depth discussions that were tailored to students’ specific questions and needs.  Particularly enjoyable for me was reconnecting with Ambassador Johnnie Carson, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and members of his U.S. Policy on Africa class over lunch.  Ambassador Carson was a great friend of Cameroon when he was at the State Department and has continued to be so. His class had question after question ranging from the Cameroonian economy to the fight against Boko Haram and the implications for U.S. Policy.

Policy and development is of course wonderful and essential. However, I was also thrilled to speak to the MBA students at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business on entrepreneurship and building a consulting business in Africa.  The group of students from about 5 African countries had a multitude of questions on starting and growing a business in challenging environments on the continent.  I did not close without stressing on the importance for a business owner to be involved in improving governance.  It is your duty as an African citizen and it’s essential for business!

Building People Power…

The highlight of my week at Dartmouth was the Public Talk and Community Dinner on “Building People Power: Lessons from Grassroots Movements in Cameroon and in the USA”. Given the very recent mobilization of US citizens against gun violence and the march by Cameroonian women to stop violence in our country and improve governance, the topic was extremely timely.  With a conference room full of Dartmouth students and faculty as well as some of the alumni from the Class of 1957 which supports the “Great Issues Innovation Fund” which enabled my week at Dartmouth and alumni from the class of 1982 who are considering gifting their alma mater in a similar way; we examined some of the key features of these movements:

  • Ordinary citizens deciding to take on entrenched, powerful systems
  • Unlikely leaders – young people and women – who when we look throughout history turn out to be very likely leaders
  • The need for citizens all over the world to greatly increase their engagement with public governance to address the complex problems with which our world is faced.

The lively discussion during the public talk continued for several hours at the community dinner.  To me, it emphasized once again, the need for us as citizens to engage in lively, informed, in-depth discussion on the intricate challenges with which we are faced.  Whether one is from Douala or from Hanover as citizens we can no longer afford to be bystanders in the governance conversation!

The week at Dartmouth was invigorating.  Students bring to the discussion, fresh perspectives, passion, the “why not” question which always stimulates and an eagerness to find solutions which one can lose after years challenging circumstances.

The resources on the Dartmouth campus are impressive. Students have more science, communication and computer equipment on one campus, I am certain, than in all of Cameroon’s universities combined.  Even more important however, is the way alumni, professors and staff pool these resources and converge to give these students the ultimate learning experience. Everything comes together to help the student succeed. It is no wonder after such an experience that Dartmouth alumni are such generous benefactors to their school.

It is my hope that my African perspective and my experiences as a practitioner enriched their learning journey as much as they enriched mine.

 

STRATEGIES ! facilite la Première Conférence Régionale du Farmer Business School Abidjan – Côte – D’Ivoire du 10 au 12 octobre 2017

En octobre de cette année, STRATEGIES! a eu le privilège de fournir ses services une fois de plus à une des principales institutions de la coopération allemande, la Deutsche Gesellschaft  für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ, dans le cadre de l’échange régionale sur l’implémentation et le suivi de l’approche « Farmer Business School » Read More

L’Afrique et son Agriculture

STRATEGIES ! Embrasse le Challenge du Niveau Continental au Niveau Local

L’Agriculture Africaine en quelques chiffres :

  • Population vivant de l’agriculture – 530 millions et 580 millions d’ici 2020 soit en moyenne 48% de la population et jusqu’à 70% dans certains pays de l’Afrique de l’Est.
  • Contribution au PIB – 25% à 45% selon le pays.
  • Estimation de la demande alimentaire progressive et diversifiée : 313 milliards de dollars.

Read More