Inclusive Development: SEEPD program launches Excellence Award for Councils

 By Bakah Derick 

The Socio Economic  Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SEEPD) Program of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) has launched an award aimed at encouraging councils in their unilateral and collective efforts to foster inclusion in regional development. 
Prof Tih Pius Muffih, Director of Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services CBCHS speaking at the launch. 

The Council Excellence in Inclusion Award was launched on Friday 29 October 2021 in Bamenda with the objective to celebrate councils that have been outstanding in promoting disability inclusion in their municipalities as part of the fourth phase of the SEEPD program which focuses on "enhancing capacities and participation of Persons and disabilities: building  communities for everyone. 
Speaking during the award launch, Prof Tih Plus Muffih, Director of CBCHS explained that the award seeks to make council services available to everyone and particularly persons with disabilities. Relating to the previous phases of the SEEPD program started in 2009, the Director said the current phase builds on "the gains of the previous program phases to support local councils in their efforts to put in place systems to facilitate inclusion of people with disabilities in council activities and development plans. 

With the theme "Celebrating Best Performing Councils in promoting community based Inclusive Development (CBID), the award according to Bunyui Emmanuel CBCHS local governance advisor shall celebrate council excellence in Health, Education, Livelihood, Social Inclusion, Gender and Child Protection, Inclusive Communication and Universal Designs. 

Engaged in 2015 with the signing of Memurandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the SEEPD program, the councils will be evaluated quarterly on the efforts made. 

The Council Excellence in Inclusion Award involving Sympolic presentations and Cash Prizes is orgamised in partnership with Australian Aid and CBM.