With an estimated total population of between eighteen (18) and twenty (20) million inhabitants, and a minimum voting age of eighteen (18), the Republic of Cameroon boasts a voting-age population of about eight (8) million. For a better understanding of the situation existing before the introduction and implementation of biometric voter registration (BVR) in Cameroon, one needs to take a quick look at the political context and the technical environment within which this technical innovation took place. Political situation When Cameroon acceded to independence in the earlier nineteen sixties, several political parties effectively took part in the political life of the country, although some parties, notably “L’Union des populations du Cameroun” (UPC), were banned because they had taken part in the armed struggle that preceded this accession to independence.This country, situated in the Central Africa Sub-region, implemented biometric voter registration (BVR) between 20. However, this period of political pluralism was short-lived as in 1966, Ahmadou Ahidjo, then president of the young republic, convinced the leaders of authorized political parties to join him to form a single political party, the Cameroon National Union (CNU), in the interest of nation building.Over the years we’ve learned that there is plenty of money out there for good ideas and if your idea is sufficiently developed to a stage where you have paying customers and you need investment to keep up with demand and scale the business, then there is plenty of money out there.As a general rule (not in every case) investors are looking for high growth opportunities that can scale.The circumstances and process of this implementation are briefly described in the present case-study. The single-party dispensation remained in place until the early nineteen nineties when, like many countries of Eastern Europe and Africa in a quest for truly democratic governance, Cameroon re-introduced a multiparty political system.Cameroon’s election management body, Elections Cameroon, will soon release a more detailed report on this exercise. During the more than two decades of one-party rule, elections had become a mere formality as all competing candidates were nominated by the same political party and voters were not offered a choice between different political agendas as such.
It was even popularly believed that election results were determined before voters actually went to the polls.The Research Bulletin is a fortnightly newsletter for UQ staff and affiliates issued by UQ Research & Innovation that circulates information on funding opportunities, upcoming research events, workshops and conferences, as well as information on research awards and prizes.To view the latest edition of the Research Bulletin please click here.The majority of annual funding for business innovation comes in the form of the Australian Government’s tax concession for research and development activities.A large number of business innovation initiatives were detailed in the 2010 Australian Innovation Report and up-to-date details of all government business innovation programs can be found by exploring the Australian Government’s and Commonwealth innovation programs are further detailed in Appendix 1.If you can convince someone to invest in your concept when it is at the idea stage, good for you.