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*** Extreme Weather ***

Cameroon is a country that is vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather events. According to the National Observatory on Climate Change (NOCC), Cameroon’s geographical location makes it “very exposed” to climate-related dangers such as droughts, floods, the effects of El Niño, monsoons, and rising water levels along the coast. The Cameroon Country Climate and Development Report 2022 states that climate change is expected to affect Cameroon’s climatic zones differently, and extreme weather events will be more frequent and intense. Cameroon’s northern regions are to remain the most vulnerable to climate, followed by coastal areas and the highlands – Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook - Cameroon

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 21 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

Since 1990, the government has embarked on various IMF and World Bank programs designed to spur business investment, increase efficiency in agriculture, improve trade, and recapitalize the nation's banks. The IMF continues to press for economic reforms, including increased budget transparency, privatization, and poverty reduction programs. The Government of Cameroon provides subsidies for electricity, food, and fuel that have strained the federal budget and diverted funds from education, healthcare, and infrastructure projects, as low oil prices have led to lower revenues.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $3,700 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 70%

industry: 13%

services: 17% (2001 est.)

Unemployment rate: 4.3% (2014 est.)

Population below poverty line: 30% (2001 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 529 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 51.5 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 62.3 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 76.5% of population

Physicians density: 0.09 physicians/1,000 population (2011)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 57.7% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 60.1% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Cameroon

[accessed 24 January 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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Action Against Hunger - Cameroon

[accessed 21 March 2021]

Given its geographic location and economic stability, Cameroon represents a land of refuge for those displaced from neighboring countries. Political strife in the Central African Republic, as well as violence linked to the rise of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region, have both resulted in an influx of refugees and internally displaced persons.

The country hosts about 275,000 Central African refugees and about 102,000 Nigerian refugees. More than 240,000 people are internally displaced in the Far North Region, where attacks by armed groups have affected access to and provision of basic services. Violence in English-speaking areas has led to population displacement and significant humanitarian needs.

The World Bank in Cameroon

[accessed 18 April 2021]

The World Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy in Cameroon focuses on increasing the country’s competitiveness and improving service delivery.

Looking back a few years

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 21 December 2020]

The economy suffered since the 1986 declines in the prices for oil, cocoa, coffee, and cotton, as well as the appreciation of the CFA franc, which contributed to the erosion of GDP by more than 60%. Some economic reforms were then initiated, but the government was unable to meet the financial and economic reform goals of several IMF standby programs.

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