Staff of the CBM funded Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Action (DIHA) Project of the CBC Health Services and Presbyterian Community Rehabilitation Services(PCRS)alongside leaders of the Coordinating Unit of the Associations of persons with disabilities (CUAPWD) in the North West region, have received skills on inclusive cash methodology and inclusive data collection in two separate workshops. The workshops organized by the CBM Cameroon Country office Humanitarian team took place in Bafoussam from the October 18 -21, 2021.
The workshops were aimed at capacitating the CBC Health Services staff and CUAPWD leaders (who are key stakeholders in the implementation), to be able to ensure effective disability inclusion in the implementation of the DIHA project activities, especially in the aspect of cash transfer. During the first workshop on inclusive cash programming that took place for the first three days the participants were exposed to knowledge and case studies on identification and targeting of beneficiaries, the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the process, monitoring and evaluation, sensitization of communities and beneficiaries and fraud prevention. Participants at the workshop deliberated and developed strategies of communicating the cash transfer process and other activities with beneficiaries and other community stakeholders in the context of the crisis in their respective region. They also developed indicators to facilitate the identification of vulnerable persons with disabilities as beneficiaries in the cash transfer program. The Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Action (DIHA) Project was designed and is being implemented within the context of the socio-political crisis characterized by violence in the north west region of Cameroon. Consequently, the last day of the workshop addition to disability inclusive data collection, was dedicated to acquainting participants with knowledge on safety and security measures.
Another key topic that was presented during the workshop was the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment with participants being told that as humanitarian workers, they should make sure they do not engage in any actions that could be perceived as such. Following the workshop the CBCHS DIHA Project team will use knowledge gained from the workshop to train Field workers and Volunteers selected from communities in all the 7 regions of the region who will facilitate the implementation of project activities in the areas of identifications, basic rehabilitation, awareness raising and community mobilization among others. The workshops were facilitated by the Project Manager of the CBM Germany Humanitarian Team, Paul Scherer, and the CBM Country Office Humanitarian Project team including the Coordinator, Mr. Mouti Emmanuel, the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, Mokom Njang and the CBM Regional Safety and Security Adviser, Mr. Ndikum Terence At the end of the workshops the CBM Country office Humanitarian Coordinator thanked all the participants for their effective participation noting that he hoped to see and receive the output and outcome of the 4- day intensive training in the near future. The DIHA project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office through CBM and implemented in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon by the CBC Health Services and the Presbyterian Community Rehabilitation Services respectively.