COMAID – Community Assistance In Development

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Community Assistance In Development (COMAID) was founded on January 2007 and registered by the Cameroon Government with registration N0.010/E.29/1111/VOL.8/APPB. COMAID was founded by a multidisciplinary team of very qualified and experienced development practitioners, who came together on the concept of “social exclusion” as the root cause for poverty. COMAID is committed to “making knowledge work” through inclusive development in rural and urban communities. COMAID puts the local communities at the centre of all sustainable development interventions. COMAID has mission to enable communities achieve sustainable development, through research, capacity building, partnership, lobbying, and field interventions in a participatory approach. COMAID envisions a future of hard working and responsible community members enjoying self-sufficiency and sustainable livelihoods in a challenging environment.

The objectives

– To assist communities especially the poor and socially excluded (women, marginalized and disadvantaged groups) have secured and equitable access to land with focus on food security

– To promote economic activities towards income generation and employment, especially for the poor, disadvantaged, marginalized and other socially excluded population.

– To assist communities benefit from their natural resources, while maintaining the unique ecology through conservation and biodiversity protection.

– To enhance sustainable decision making, through the integration of geo-spatial tools like GIS and GPS in development.

– To strengthen capacities of community based organizations, municipal councils and government departments through training, partnership, networking and lobby/advocacy.

Our actions


  • Security over land and natural resources for local communities in Cameroon has been undermined by the land law that does not recognise the customary tenure system. The strong attachment of the local communities to customary tenure system has put these communities at a disadvantage position. COMAID recognises the legitimacy of local communities and the customary tenure systems and is working with local communities to secure community land rights using innovative and integrated approaches notably; inclusive/ participatory land use planning, establishment of community by-laws, paralegals and use of boundary harmonisation techniques. COMAID is also advocating for better policies and laws on land in Cameroon.
  • COMAID is working with local communities to protect and to secure access to communal natural resources. COMAID is assisting communities in the area of community forestry to protect the remaining patches of forest for their benefit. COMAID is also supporting ecological restoration along fragile ecosystems on the western highlands of Cameroon
  • Sustainable income generation and livelihoods activities of local communities are being promoted by COMAID to address the needs of local communities with particular focus on marginalised groups and persons. COMAID is carrying out capacity building and support to local communities in adaptive agroforestry systems, medical plants, fruit tree cultivation, processing, beekeeping etc.
  • COMAID believes in participatory processes and is collaborating with other key stakeholders to reinforce their capacity with the aim to improve on their results in working with local communities. It is within this framework that COMAID is providing technical support to partners that include government services, municipal council and other Civil Society Organisations in key relevant technical areas.