Historique

La crise (1995 - 2005)

Malheureusement, pendant un certain nombre d’années, le fonctionnement de l’IPD a connu de sérieux problèmes et des difficultés internes qui ont entraîné des conséquences néfastes aussi bien sur la marche de l’Association que sur la vie des IPD/R.
Au cours des années 1975 – 1978, l’IPD avec l’aide de certains donateurs (la Direction de la Coopération Technique suisse, l’US-AID, l’UNICEF et le CAR), différentes évaluations de l’IPD relevèrent les efforts importants faits par l’IPD pour africaniser plus de la moitié de son personnel formateur. Cependant, les méthodes de recrutement étaient à revoir afin d’être plus strictes.

Entre les années 1985 et 1990, Monsieur Fernand VINCENT fît un bilan très critique sur l’IPD : accent trop fort sur le développement institutionnel au détriment du respect de la personne, faible communication entre les personnes, faible engagement personnel, manque de créativité et d’innovation des professeurs et des étudiants, faible intérêt pour le terrain et le monde paysan.

De 1995 à 1998 l’évaluation faite par les partenaires au développement (Suisse, Canada et Pays-Bas) confirma le mauvais fonctionnement de l’IPD ce qui entraîna l’arrêt de leur financement. L’arrêt du financement n’ayant provoqué aucune amélioration de la gouvernance de l’IPD, ce dernier ne pouvait que s’enfoncer dans l’abîme. Devant une telle situation, et vu l’importance de cet outil de développement, la relance s’imposait à tous pour ne pas voir cet important et indispensable projet tomber à l’eau.

 

Growth and development of PAID (1965 - 1995)

From 1964 to 1995, PAID grew considerably. The School administrators felt the need for advice from people outside the Institute. The Board of Directors (now Governing Council) accepted the suggestion to establish a Management Committee and a study Council (now Scientific and Pedagogic Council). M. Joseph SACK, Director of the Douala section of the Central Bank was nominated President of the Management Committee, this status being President of “Ecole de Cadres de Douala”. The following were then Member of the Management Committee:

NAME AND SURNAME

POSTS

STATUS

1

M. Joseph SACK

Director of the Douala section of the Central Bank.

President

2

NJIFOUJI NI

Director General of Electricity in Cameroon today President of the Cameroon upper house of Assembly-Senate.

Member

3

Theodore KOULE

Director of the Exchange Office in Douala

Member

4

Jean TSANGA

“Treasurer-Payer” in Douala.

Member

The Study Council’s (Scientific and Pedagogic Council):

 

Name and surname

Posts

Status

1

Jean-Baptise Yonke

Director of Agriculture in Yaoundé

President

2

Paul BIYA

Secretary General for the Ministry of Education, today President of the Republic of Cameroon.

Member

3

Paul SOPPO PRISO

Company Administrator in Cameroon

Member

4

Michel DEMBELE

Chief of the Cabinet of the Minister of Commerce, former Planning Director, Senegal

Member

5

Hubert OTABELLA

Director of Rural Activities in Yaoundé

Member

6

Jean ASSOUMOU

Secretary General for the Planning and Development Ministry in Yaoundé

Member

7

Thomas MELONE

Professor at Yaoundé University

Member

8

Jean-Pierre TANKWA

Director of  “Establishment” in Yaoundé

Member

9

Pascal de PURY

Swiss Agronomical Engineer Posted in Cameroon

Member

Soon as the project (Pan African Institute for Development) was fully established, its intentions were to extend its activities to the English-speaking countries and become a meeting place for African with different cultural background. Africans were deeply affected by two very different systems of colonization and education. So PAID decides to integrate Anglophone and Bilingualism. It was necessary to expand activities to Anglophone world and create a meeting place of Africans with different cultures. The extension of PAID activities, led to the creation of a unit in“Ecole de Cadres de Douala” responsible for organizing external seminars. This unit was to constantly organize seminars and workshops to retrain the middle staff of African organizations and governments based on the local needs identified and share among them. The founders of PAID had always thought that the project (Pan African Institute for Development) has to be Africanized (manage by Africans themselves). Also, an intensification of the policy of “Africanization” (transferring the management of PAID to Africans) of the faculty of “Ecole de Cadres de Douala” led to the appointment of a number of Africans in 1967 firstly Cosme DIKOUME a Cameroonian sociologist  then later on Mathieu GRACIA an Angolese economist and Louis BISSEK a Cameroonian economist.  Finally, the project (Pan African Institute for Development) witnessed the regionalization of “Ecole de Cadres de Douala”. Indeed, at its creation, “Ecole de Cadres de Douala” welcomes and train students from all Francophone African countries. By regionalization PAID established four regional institutes that are:

  1. “Ecole de Cadres de Douala” in 1965 that became l’Institute panafricain pour le développement  Afrique Centrale (IPD-AC) covering the following countries: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon (Francophone), Central African Republic, Congo (Brazzaville), Gabon, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Seychelles, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad.
  1.  Du Sautoy College in 1969 that became Pan African Institute for Development - West Africa (PAID-WA) established in Buea- Cameroon covering the following countries: Cameroon (Anglophone), Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
        
  2. l’Institute panafricain pour le développement –Afrique de l’Ouest et Sahel (IPD-AOS), in 1977 in Ouagadougou-Burkina Faso covering the following countries: Benin Republic, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Mali,  Niger, Senegal and Togo.
        
  1. Pan African Institute for Development - East and Southern Africa (PAID-ESA) in1979 in Kabwe –Zambia, covering the following countries: South Africa, Botswana, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
       

In addition to four Regional Institutes (R-PAIDs) mentioned above, Douala hosts the Research Center (1972) and the Center for Project Management which was a post graduate course in management (1973). By 1995, over twelve thousands (12 000) development staff were already trained by PAID.
The development of the activities of the Association and its training institutes had great impacts on African development. This success led PAID to develop relations with inter-African and international institutions and to be more open to the world. Thus the PAID became a preferred partner for inter-African organizations.

 

Birth of PAID (1962 - 1965)

THE CREATION OF PAID (1962 - 1965)

The Pan African Institute for Development (PAID) is an international association under Swiss law. The Association was created on the 28 February, 1964 at Geneva-Switzerland. The people who attended the first Governing Council and became the Founders are:

NAME AND SURNAME

NATIONALITY

TITLE

1

Jules-Alphone RAZAFIMBAHINY

Madagascan

President/Founder

2

Fernand VINCENT

Swiss

Secretary General/Founder

3

Dr Marie-Thérèse BASSE-SENGHOR

Senegalese

Founder

4

Gilbert BLARDONE

French

Founder

5

Pierre BUNGENER

Swiss

Founder

6

Michel DEBEAUVAIS

French

Founder

7

Pastor Thomas EKOLLO

Cameroonian

Founder

8

Magatte FALL

Senegalese

Founder

9

Prof. François PERROUX

French

Founder

10

Peter Du SAUTOY

English

Founder

11

Augustin TEFAK

Cameroonian

Founder

12

Augustine VANISTENDAEL

Belgian

Founder

13

Robert VAUTHERIN

French

Founder

14

Jean-Baptiste YONKE

Cameroonian

Founder

15

Monseigneur Jean ZOA

Cameroonian

Founder

16

Pierre ZUMBACH

Swiss

Founder

Pan African Institute for Development (PAID)  began operations in 1965 with the establishment of  Douala School of Staff  “Ecole de Cadres de Douala”, charged with the responsibility of training middle staff of rural development that serve as intermediaries between farmers and African elites which Africa needed in the field of management, planning and development of local and regional projects. PAID was created through the dynamism of Fernand Vincent, a founder of the project call Pan African Institute for Development (PAID), a facilitator of the project, and a fund raiser for the project, whose message recalls fully the fundamental goals of PAID: provide forecasts toward the development of African populations, first of all for majorities African deprived of development in rural areas, understand the reasons for their situation and find ways to get out of it in a dignity and prosperity way. The ideological orientation question of PAID is to know which training to offer for which development. "The ideology of PAID is its pan-African spirit". Admittedly, this definition of PAID is not sufficient. However, the only sources of a better definition of PAID’s ideology will be the field and the peasants.

 
 

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