Political and Economic Section
The Political and Economic Section, which also operates Commercial Services, monitors a wide range of topics in Cameroon such as:
- Human Rights
- Democratic progress and elections
- Social and civic freedoms and religious expression
- Labor relations and student activism
- Macroeconomic stability and growth
- Business climate
- U.S. investment and trade
- HIPC debt relief
The State Department issues two major reports for every country in the world, including Cameroon. The Political Officer is responsible, along with appropriate Washington DC-based officials, for drafting and editing these reports. They include:
- Cameroon Country Report on Human Rights Practices
- Cameroon International Religious Freedom Report (PDF-265KB)
The State Department also issues the following reports:
The Political and Economic Section also implements regional projects such as:
- CARPE (Central African Regional Program for the Environment) is a USAID regional program for rainforest conservation. Operations were initiated in Cameroon in 1998.
- GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is program implemented in conjunction with Peace Corps and the Cameroon Ministry of Education in ten pilots schools throughout the country.
- FHA/SFPS (Family Health and AIDS Prevention) is a regional USAID project.
- EDDI (Education for Democracy and Development Initiative) is a program which gives scholarships to needy girls in Cameroon to encourage and support them in their efforts to continue their education. This program also supports a limited number of other activities promoting girls' education in Cameroon.