Connected Youth of Cameroon (CAMAAY)

The Cameroon Association of Active Youths (CAMAAY) is a registered non-profit organisation based in North-West Cameroon. They emphasise their dedication to grassroots change. Founded in 2005, they have developed innovative projects to induce positive changes in what they consider to be pressing matters in the country.

Founded on their initial mission to promote change through education, CAMAAY have created programs in the areas of youth education, empowerment of young people and women, community health and food security, the environment, renewable energy, human rights and democracy. In addition to this broad spectrum of projects they also offer a variety of internships for volunteers from across the globe.

About the country:

Cameroon is a lower-middle income country. Its HDI value increased 26.3% from 0.440 in 1990 to 0.556 in 2017 (UNDP, 2018). This places it at 151 out of 189 countries and territories and in the medium development category. Despite the positive increase in HDI value, Cameroon is experiencing mounting inequality issues.

In terms of the inequality-adjusted HDI value, the average percentage loss for medium HDI countries is 25.1 and for Sub-Saharan Africa is 30.8 percent. The percentage loss for Cameroon is 34.2%, highlighting the level of inequality experienced domestically.

Cameroon is the largest economy in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC). However, its poverty reduction rate is lagging behind the rate of growth of the population. Cameroon saw a population increase of 12% between 2007 and 2014 with a concentrated impoverished population; 56% of poor live in the northern regions (World Bank, 2019).

school children in Cameroon
Photo courtesy of CAMAAY