The Rural Development Centre (RUDEC) is a Community based Organization with a mission to promote Private/Public Partnership in the deep countryside of the South West Region of Cameroon.
It was created in 1995 and filed for official approval in August, 2002 in accordance with Law No 92/006 of August 14th and its Decree of Implementation No. 92/455/PM of 23rd November 1992 in Cameroon relating to the creation of Cooperatives and Common Initiative Groups.
Initially, RUDEC limited its operations in Meme Division of the South West Region. However, by virtue of its first Triennial Strategic Development Plan 2016-2018, the operational jurisdiction shall cover all 6 Administrative Divisions of the South West Region and other regions of Cameroon.
Our activities: are organized under the following main program areas namely: The provision of Basic Social Infrastructure in the Rural Communities of our Grassroots Partners, Vocational training, The enhancement of Agriculture Infrastructure/ Livestock Production and Productivity ,The Promotion and Protection Nature and the Environment , Poverty alleviation; Food Security and Nutritional practices; Capacity Building and Training, Environmental sustainability.
RUDEC is dedicated to help communities especially women to awaken to their needs and ability to change and put this change to practical use through a participatory, partnership approach and multiplier effect.
During the past ten years, RUDEC has implemented community development activities in Kumba and its environs and has through these activities developed new thinking and practice in participatory community action and community mobilization. All activities have strong links to alleviate the suffering of individuals and families in the poorest communities through grassroots sustainable initiatives aimed at particularly local empowerment, poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability at a community-level.
All our activities are action-based and have strong focus on achieving leading local participation, sustained learning benefits and replication of local success stories.Our Organization’s growth and activities are shaped by the following objectives;
-The provision of Basic Social Infrastructure in the Rural Communities of our Grassroots Partners.
–The enhancement of Agriculture Infrastructure/ Livestock Production and Productivity
–The Promotion and Protection Nature and the Environment
Today, RUDEC boasts of many unique and innovative Community/youth led programs that range from pipe borne water supply/maintenance projects to long term livelihood projects and from entrepreneurial to vocational training for underprivileged youth. The Pipe borne Project that began in 2009 has reached 13 communities with over 500,000 people benefiting. Also the sustainable production, processing and marketing project to aid women farmers groups has now reached close to 800,000 women farmers in over 200 groups with over 2000 trucks donated to aid their mobility from farm to market, since 2009 we also been involved in defending land rights of women and indigenous people across of Cameroon and we have also participated in several initiatives under European Union and Community and Forest plateforme in order to combat illegal logging of timber to Europe (EU APV-FLEGT/REDD+).
As RUDEC looks to the future, with the aid of volunteers, staff, and other partners and organizations, RUDEC will continue to improve on its current programs, while staying innovative and flexible in its drive for the holistic development of the rural masses.