Day of Social Action

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Justification

The First Forum on National Solidarity held in June 2005 marked a new era in the rationalisation and organisation of solidarity in Cameroon.
The extensive advocacy action taken for the involvement of different actors, each according to their skills, but within an effective synergy around the social needs of vulnerable populations, action carried out during the first three editions of the Day of Social Action and through the execution of the matrix of implementation of the recommendations of the Forum, should be supported and enhanced.
The organisation of a Day of Social Action, thanks to its impact, could be one of the evidence of the implementation by the Government of the voluntarist policy of the Head of State to fight against precariousness and social exclusion, as reflected in the greater achievements' programme and a call for additional initiatives of care delivery to disadvantaged people in general and persons with disabilities in particular.
This day is called to continue the demonstration of know-how and the diverse potential of vulnerable groups in general and persons with disabilities in particular, who are full of real skills and whose contribution remains a requirement for the sustainable socio-economic development of our country.
The Day of Social Action experienced on the initiative of MINAS and under the patronage (and effective Presidency as concerns the third edition) of the First Lady, Her Excellency Mrs. Chantal Biya, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO for Education and Social Inclusion, wants to be a great moment to advocate for the taking into consideration of the special needs of vulnerable people but also their potential and the added value they represent for the socioeconomic development of our country.
In the same vein, the involvement of social partners should be valued so that the interdependent impetus and the plural dynamics for improving the living conditions of the poorest, be strengthened and raise the emergence of new initiatives.
The foundation of these new initiatives is the Day of Social Action considered as the largest showcase of national solidarity and four editions were organised by the MINAS from 2006 to 2009.

Purpose

The Day of Social Action in Cameroon is presented as a spatio-temporal framework for the implementation of National Solidarity.  It is once again an intermediate platform whose goal is to prepare the construction of a national solidarity system in Cameroon.

Objectives

General objective

The main objective of the Day of Social Action is to continue to strengthen the advocacy of national and international community for collective participation in the solidarity effort in favour of the disadvantaged, and specifically persons with disabilities.

Specific objectives

­- Present and further the popularisation of the results obtained through the execution of the matrix of the implementation of the recommendations of the first Forum on National Solidarity and their impact;
-  Present other multiform actions carried out by the government for the integration of the disability approach ;
­-  Ensure visibility of the government's social action through the:
•   building of technical and logistic intervention capacities of Private Social Concerns, NGOs and Associations by the grant of supports in terms of legal and professional documentation and various equipments ;
•  substantial improvement of the living conditions of vulnerable groups by the grant of punctual assistance in terms of educational, health and socioeconomic aids ;
•  facilitation of the social adaptation of persons with disabilities, older persons and children in distress through supports in terms of apparatus and various equipment ;
­- valorisation of the production capacities of vulnerable groups ;
­- popularisation of the rights of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

Target groups

- Socially Vulnerable Populations (older persons, children in distress, persons with disabilities, vulnerable indigenous peoples, etc.) ;
­- Partner private structures (PSC, NGO, Associations);
- Corporate citizens ;
- Development partners (UN Agencies, international NGOs) ;
- Public administrations involved in social action.

Language

English (UK)

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