Cameroon releases its first NPI satellite account, providing inspiration for other countries

By on January 29, 2015

Cameroon became only the third African country to complete a satellite account on nonprofit institutions and volunteering since the 2003 publication of the UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts. The only other African countries to have done so are Mozambique and Morocco. The National Institute of Statistics of Cameroon (NIS) worked closely with the country’s nonprofit sector to gather these data and to produce this outstanding report, which includes data on the number of NPIs, how many paid and volunteer workers they employ, how much value they add to the country’s economy, what fields they work in, and where their operating revenue comes from.
The NIS recognizes that the development of these data “opens new avenues of research for ways and means to strengthen the fight against poverty and the search for elements that can contribute to the growth of the economy…the NPI satellite account sheds light on a form of national solidarity characterized by voluntary work.”
The release of this report is especially significant in light of the barriers that developing countries often face in finding the limited resources needed to pursue major data gathering undertakings such as implementing the UN Nonprofit Handbook. The experience in Cameroon demonstrates, however, that with persistence and a willingness to cooperate with civil society groups, the development of a high quality satellite account is achievable.
The graphic below contains only a sampling of the data offered in the report. Please visit the NIS’s website to download the full satellite account report and tables.
To see how Cameroon’s nonprofit sector compares to those in 15 other countries that have implemented the UN Nonprofit Handbook, check out the Center’s 2013 report, “The State of Global Civil Society and Volunteering: Latest Findings from the implementation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook.”
* Note: An earlier version of this figure provided an incorrect conversion to USD, citing the 2015 rate. This has been corrected; this figure now reflects the 2011 conversion rate. We regret the error.