APICA - Association for the promotion of African Community Initiatives
APICA (Association pour la Promotion des Initiatives
Communautaires Africaines) is an organization that supports home-grown
development activities or Local Development Initiatives - LDls. This support is
offered through national and international NGOs and technical services which are
known as LDI Support Bodies - LDISB. APICA seeks to improve the support LDISBs
give to LDIs, with which they are involved, by helping to resolve their
technical, leadership, funding and administrative problems.
Apart from training-related activities, APICA also carries out
research and studies on development issues, and, in the technological field,
develops equipment prototypes.
In the field of information and exchange, APICA has two main
- the magazine African Communities, which comes out three times
a year. This is an essential means of communication for APICA, containing as it
does sections on development activities; technologies; job creation schemes;
health issues past and present; recipes; and practical hints. APICA's priority
now is to make sure this interesting magazine gets distributed in rural areas.
- the Douala Documentation Centre in Cameroon, which could be
called a sort of "information processing plant", turning theoretical knowledge
into practical help for potential users. Many books are registered there, and
the Centre acquires new ones each year for the "bookshop" and prepares the files
called "experience storage rooms", which are records on how certain experiments
or projects were carried out. The Documentation Service, whose mission is to
disseminate information, replies to questions, receives visitors, and arranges
the sale of books on a sale or return basis in various regions of Cameroon.
One of the Centre's current activities is research on the use of
national languages in extension work for development.
APICA, 8P 5946
Douala Akwa -