«The Dynamic of Multi-dimensional Poverty in Cameroon: international Trade as an alternative solution to the fight against poverty»
By MAKOUDEM TENE Marienne,
Research Officer at the National Centre of Education
PhD candidate at the University of Dschang-Cameroon
President of Africa 21 Cameroon
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Despite all the efforts made by the government of Cameroon, poverty remains very present in the country. Many researchers have attempted to measure poverty and to identify its determinants in Cameroon. Few have made use of multidimensional indicators. Based on that, the aim of the study «The Dynamic of Multi-dimensional Poverty in Cameroon: international Trade as an alternative solution to the fight against poverty» by MAKOUDEM TENE Marienne, is twofold. First, it aims at analysing the dynamic of multidimensional poverty indicators in Cameroon using the Alkire and Foster indicators. Secondly, it looked at how Cameroon can leverage on international trade to fight against poverty, bearing in mind the potential of trade on an economy.
The study’s results showed that trade in total contributes significantly to reducing multidimensional poverty in Cameroon. Meanwhile, longer distance to the city Douala constitute the major constraint for rural poor to benefit from this positive trend.
Marienne MAKOUDEM TENE is a Research Officer in the Department of Economic and Environmental Studies at the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation in Cameroon. At the same time, she is doing a PhD in Development Economics at the University of Dschang-Cameroon. She earned her Master of Science in Economics in 2008 at the same University and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Trade Policy and Development in 2015 at the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (trapca) in Tanzania. Her field of interest is: poverty, international trade, gender and volunteering. She has co-published three articles and participated in four applied research projects in her research centre. She was a junior research fellow at the Graduate Institute of Geneva under the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for International Students for a year. Marienne is the
President of the think tank Africa 21-Cameroon which is newly created and aims at following up the implementation of the SDGs in Cameroon in liaison with Africa 21 based in Geneva-Switzerland. Besides all that, Marienne is raising funds to implement a project called «A banana tree for education» that aims at sponsoring the education of brilliant children from poor families in Cameroon. She has volunteered twice for the NGO Initiative of Change in Caux (Zwitzerland). Marienne is married with five children.