Putting people and the environment first

Taking a new approach towards sustainable development for a just and holistic advancement of humanity.

There has been a lot of rhetoric about approaches to sustainable human development. The multi-dimensionality of Sustainable Development and the discrepancies in definition have complicated the tasks, efforts and approaches of Governments, NGOs and Multi-Lateral Development Organizations in promoting Sustainable Development especially in developing countries.

Putting people and the environment first

Various organizations tend to focus on specific dimensions as a means of promoting development.

The outcome of this more or less partial approach to sustainable human development has often been partial achievements with unsatisfactory results.

Putting people and the environment first

A comprehensive and multi-dimensional approach to sustainable development remains a major challenge for development practitioners, governments and multi-lateral development agencies.

Putting people and the environment first


founded in 2006 wishes to and is working hard to contribute to addressing the challenge by promoting an interdisciplinary, integrative, participatory approach to sustainable development.



Enhance sustainable development in poor rural and urban communities.

Especially for the most under privileged groups by participating in promoting and encouraging a just, holistic, inter-disciplinary, integrated, multi-dimensional approach to sustainable development: development for Humanity.

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To promote sustainable rural and urban development through:

  • Sustained agriculture and economic growth
  • Social justice especially for underprivileged and gender-discriminated groups
  • Enhances ecological development (Sustainable Natural Resource Management, and promoting carbon footprint – reducing technologies)
  • Sustainable livelihoods improvement through demand-driven capacity building, outreach, and development – oriented research
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DEH focuses on priority dimensions of development for different actors as identified through participatory and state of the art research processes while integrating other dimensions as much as possible in the implementation of projects, programs and policies.

This approach promotes an active participation of target groups and a comprehensive attainment of development for individuals, groups and whole populations.

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Our target groups include whole communities, interest groups, governments, non-governmental and international organizations working to achieve the sustainable development goals, or who simply want a better life for humanity.

A special interest of DEH is to collaborate with organizations focusing on research and development, and developing and sustaining technologies with stakeholders. Of particular interest is the sustainability of socio-ecological systems in rapid climate change contexts.

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DEH strongly believes that development-oriented state of the art research is a prerequisite to understanding and developing sustainable systems and programs.

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The challenges presented by climate change and unsustainable...

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Agriculture is still the main pillar of the Cameroonian economy and the most important...

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DEH believes in equal opportunities for men and women...

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Building human capital through adult literacy programs, school infrastructure and scholarships can greatly stimulate the accumulation of other forms of capital...

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Read on more areas where we carry out our work and participate by either donating or contributing. How can I particpate?

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Taking a new approach towards sustainable development for a just and holistic advancement of humanity.

Putting people and the environment first.

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  • 2022-2023: Data collection and analysis for the project: Changing livelihood strategies and economic resource dynamics of persons internally displaced by the Anglophone conflict in Cameroon.
  • 2020 – 2021: Establishment of DEH (pig, poultry and fish farming) demonstration farm and training of over 100 beneficiaries
  • 2020: Co-developer and Collaborating Researcher for project: "Past customs, current law: Analyzing the Effects of Endogenous and Exogenous Institutions on Sustainable Forest Management in Cameroon" Grant holder: Prof. Dr. Jude Ndzifon Kimengsi (DEH member)
  • , Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), (Grant ID: F-010300-541-000-1170701, 2020-2023); currently Research Collaborator for the project
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  • Acquired official registration status as a nonprofit organization, with its own its website and head office.
  • Offered scholarships to over 250 vulnerable children.
  • Carried out feasibility studies in 12 rural communities in Cameroon.
  • Offered internship opportunities to over 10 students from national Universities and Higher institutes of learning in Cameroon.
  • Hosted two cohorts of students on internship from the Technical University of Munich, and the Military University in Munich, Germany, respectively.
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Rural beneficiaries of DEH scholarship program

Fish harvest at DEH demonstration farm (2022)


You can become a fund raiser, a volunteer, worker, researcher, client/beneficiary or a country representative of DEH.

You can partner with us in any area of our areas of competence.

You can also contribute directly, materially and financially to DEH's mission or simply tell others about what is good in our mission and tell us your dislikes directly.

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The delicate nature of DEH's mission warrants it to network and collaborate with other organizations involved in sustainable development.

Specific partnerships will be established with:

  • National and international research institutions
  • Universities and institutions of higher learning, such as the Bamenda University of Science and Technology (, Laurate Higher Institute of Business Administration (
  • National and international development organizations
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  • Balgah, R.A., Ngwa, K.A., Buchenrieder, G.R. & Kimengsi, J.N. (2023). Impacts of Floods on Agriculture-Dependent Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Assessment from multiple Geo-Ecological Zones. Land, 12(334).
  • Kimengsi, J.N., Mukong, A.K., & Balgah, R.A. (2023). Actors and institutional change determinants in the Santchou Landscape of Cameroon. Environmental Development, 45(100778).
  • Bate, N.A., Balgah,R.A., & Yenshu, E.V.( 2023). Conflict and Livelihood Changes in the South West Region of Cameroon: A Social Capital Perspective. International Journal of Social Sciences Perspectives,12(1), 1-17. 45(100778). DOI: 10.33094/ijssp.v12i1.682
  • Balgah, R.A., & Kimengsi, J.N. (2022). A review of drivers of environmental non migration decisions in Africa. Regional Environmental Change,22,125.
  • Ngochembo, G. G., Balgah, R. A., & Fonteh, M. F. (2022). Determinants for adopting agricultural innovations by rice farmers in the north-west region of Cameroon. International Journal of Agricultural Extension,10(2), 325-334.DOI: 10.33687/ijae.010.02.4083
  • Kimengsi, J.N., Akumbo, C.M, Balgah, R.A., Tingum, E.N., Tume, S.J.P, & Akhere, G.S (2022). Farm-based climate adaptation dynamics: insights from the vegetable sector in the Western Highlands of Cameroon, Cogent Social Sciences,8(1), 2126452,DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2022.2126452
  • Kimengsi, J.N., Grabek , J., Giessen , L., Balgah, R.A., & Buchenrieder, G. (2022). Forest management institutions and actor-centered conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa: Contemporary realities and future avenues for research and policy.Forest Policy and Economics,144(102846).
  • Bang, H.N. & Balgah, R.A. (2022). The ramification of Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis: conceptual analysis of a looming “Complex Disaster Emergency”, Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 7(1), 1-25.
  • Balgah, R. A., Bwifon, D. N., & Shillie, P. N. (2022). COVID-19, Armed Conflict and ICTs Adoption Decisions. Insights from Cameroonian Farmers. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 9(8), 12-32.
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Our Team

DEH is proud of a stream of experts all over the world who work as consultants, volunteers and fund raisers
in its diverse areas of sustainable development.

Mrs Peng Ernestine

Gender and Democracy Progam Lead

Mrs Ngepopi Kelly Neh

Sustainable Agriculture Program Lead

Dr. Balgah Roland Azibo

Deputy Director, Research/Projects coordinator

Mr. Ngwa Kester Azibo

Researcher/Data analyst

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Bamenda, Mezam Division, North West Region
P O Box 5041 Nkwen – Bamenda
Republic of Cameroon



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