Social Development International (SDI)
August 28, 2010
Having seen numerous Cameroonian NGOs from the inside now, I have been positively impressed by the functioning of Social Development International, Buea. Summarizing: appears to be trustworthy, open-minded, aware of common problems in society, appears well-organized and, importantly, succesfully working with local volunteers.
I am a master's student from the Netherlands, currently undertaking my fieldwork in Cameroon. I have lived in Cameroon for a period of 8 months in 2007, and I have currently been here for 2 months again.
I needed some information about this NGO and I was pleasantly received by Mr. Sulaiman Turay, a friendly and knowledgeable Sierra-Leonian. I initially stumbled upon the website, which at first sight is fairly comparable to those of other NGOs I've seen. The organization behind, however, is a different story: the phone number was accurate and was immediately answered; I was informed of a time that I could visit the office the same day that I called (at which time I found someone in the office), and I was given directions as to where to go. Once arrived, Mr. Turay took as much time as I required to tell me about his experiences on the issue of my research (impact of internet use on local youths), and gave me a lot of information about the programs that the organization is currently pursuing.
Although I have spent a limited amount of time at the organization and can therefore not fully judge the potential of the organization, I can say that the organization has proven to be a lot better organized than other NGOs that I have worked or spoken with; the organization really has its target group at heart, considering that none of the staff members are paid, and that they even manage to attract local people to volunteer (which I know is a very challenging assignment in Cameroon). Additionally, the man simply knew what he was talking about, and programs seem to be as cost-efficient as possible. To me, Mr. Sulaiman seems to be an excellent networker with ample care for his community.
I would recommend anyone who aims to work for a small, simple but likely effective organization to consider SDI in Buea as a good opportunity to engage in capacity building and community-based projects. My impression is that any funding provided to this organization is likely to be used fairly efficiently for the purposes for which it is intended.
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as mentioned, I have just had an interview with the CEO of the organization. However, it has been positively different from other organizations I have seen so far in Cameroon.
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General Member of the Public & I visited SDI to obtain some information for my research and learned a lot about the organization.