Evaluation studies for our ‘In Search of Common Ground’ project in Cameroon

This project is managed in Cameroon by MBOSCUDA (the Mbororo Cultural and Development Association) and in the UK by Village Aid/Concern Universal. It is a five year project from 2013-18. In this area of Cameroon there are conflicts over land and water between Mbororo cattle herders and subsistence farmers. MBOSCUDA is introducing new mediation methods, called dialogue platforms, to encourage cooperation and also new farming methods and water catchment protection. The research design is an intensive one and includes the use of expert interviews, statistical surveys (at years 1, 3 and 5), qualitative research (at year 2) and case studies (at year 4). The research is being conducted within five areas: Mezam, Mano, Bui, Boyo and Donga Mantung. It is the largest study of its kind ever produced. Read more about the project and our approach here.

Expert Interview Survey (Year One)

This study was conducted at the outset of the project. The research aimed to identify issues for the baseline survey and to ensure that a wide range of stakeholders (including women, disabled people’s groups, farmers, grazers and local officials) inform the programme. Interviews were conducted with 28 experts including farmers, grazers, barristers, traditional leaders and delegates of technical ministries.

Baseline Survey (Year One)

In order to lay down the framework for the evaluation of the project, this study put emphasis on the causes, incidence and mitigation of farmer-grazer conflicts and also the agricultural interventions which are part of the project. A group of statistical indicators was set up so that progress could be measured in a consistent way. The survey included 840 households with equal numbers of farmers and grazers.

Qualitative Research (Year Two)

This research was undertaken in two areas, Akum and Binshua within Mezam and Donga Mantung respectively. This study explored the causes and experiences of the conflicts but also the wider implications of these for families including the effects on food security, health and the schooling of children. Data was collected using eight focus groups and 14 in-depth interviews.

Midterm Evaluation (Year Three)

The purpose of this evaluation was to assess project progress in the target communities by replicating the baseline study undertaken at the beginning of the project and by measuring an identical set of statistical indicators. This was a survey of 860 households conducted in the same communities as before.

If you have any further questions about this work please email info@villageaid.org, or read more about the programme and the context on our Cameroon page here.
Our other publications can also be found on our ‘resources’ page here.