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Cameroon (Republic of Cameroon)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Cameroon
Republic of Cameroon
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index154th best
CapitalYaounde
Land Area1 472 710 km2
LocationAfrica
Population2 20.47 million
Life Expectancy352.133yrs (2012)
GNI3$2 114
ISO3166-1 Codes4CM, CMR, 120
Internet Domain5.cm
Currency6Franc (XAF)
Telephone7+237

1. Overview

#france #UK

French Cameroon became independent in 1960 as the Republic of Cameroon. The following year the southern portion of neighboring British Cameroon voted to merge with the new country to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In 1972, a new constitution replaced the federation with a unitary state, the United Republic of Cameroon. The country has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Cameroon National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
147Pakistan51.542.4
148Angola50.843.3
149Myanmar (Burma)49.835.9
150Cameroon49.542.6
151Madagascar48.345.4
152Tanzania47.639.2
153Nigeria47.145.4
154Senegal47.038.5
155Mauritania46.738.6
156Papua New Guinea46.639.2
157Nepal46.335.9
158Lesotho46.144.0
159Togo45.938.9
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden88.9
2Iceland87.4
3Denmark87.2
...
151Comoros44.7
152Guinea44.5
153Solomon Islands44.4
154Cameroon43.7
155Iran43.7
156Burkina Faso43.6
157Uganda43.6
158Tanzania43.5
159Angola43.1
160Congo, (Brazzaville)43.0
161Nigeria43.0
162Djibouti42.9
163Eritrea42.5
164Senegal42.5
Data Source

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others. The values in the chart are factored by 100.

The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2017).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
175Botswana53
176S. Africa53.4
177Nigeria52.3
178Cameroon52.1
179Mali51.9
180Zimbabwe52.7
181Somalia51.5
182Angola51.5
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
145Ivory Coast4.3
146Eritrea4.3
147Palestine4.3
148Cameroon4.3
149Mauritania4.4
150Congo, (Brazzaville)4.5
151Central African Rep.4.5
152Madagascar4.5
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
54Sri Lanka 21.22m338
55Syria 21.12m115
56Ivory Coast 20.59m65
57Cameroon 20.47m43
58Angola 20.16m16
59Burkina Faso 17.48m64
60Chile 17.42m23
Data Source

Cameroon's population is predicted to rise to 28.81 million by 2030. These millions of extra people will all need space to live, food to eat, energy to consume, and will increase the burden on the planet's resources. This country has a fertility rate of 4.33.

The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

4. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
62Korea, N.1946
63Trinidad & Tobago1946
64Macedonia1946
65Cameroon1946
66Panama1946
67Romania1946
68Singapore1947
69Pakistan1947
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
134Papua New Guinea0.62
135Benin0.62
136Zambia0.62
137Cameroon0.63
138Ivory Coast0.63
139Mauritania0.64
140Sierra Leone0.64
141Mali0.65
Data Source

Gender inequality is not a necessary part of early human development. Although a separation of roles is almost universal due to different strengths between the genders, this does not have to mean that women are subdued, and, such patriarchialism is not universal in ancient history. Those cultures and peoples who shed, or never developed, the idea that mankind ought to dominate womankind, are better cultures and peoples than those who, even today, cling violently to those mores.

Cameroon is an unequal country, with male rights dominating those of women.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
95Bangladesh0%
96Tunisia0%
97Uganda0%
98Cameroon0%
99Burkina Faso0%
100Gambia0%
101Azerbaijan0%
102Zambia0%
Data Source
How Many Are Religious?
1Estonia16%
2Sweden17%
3Denmark19%
...
95Senegal96%
96Philippines96%
97Cambodia96%
98Cameroon96%
99Malaysia96%
100Afghanistan97%
101Thailand97%
102Comoros97%
Data Source

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below9:

Christian70.3%
Muslim18.3%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion3.3%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated5.3%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%10.

The International Humanist and Ethical Union produced a report in 2012 entitled "Freedom of Thought" (2012), in which they document bias and prejudice at the national level that is based on religion, belief and/or lack of belief. Their entry for Cameroon states:

The constitution mandates a secular state, and the constitution and other laws and policies protect freedom of religion or belief. However, there are widespread government privileges for religion, especially Christianity and Islam, and routine bias against the nonreligious. The government gives an annual subsidy to all private primary and secondary education institutions, including those operated by religious denominations. State-sponsored television station and radio stations broadcast Christian and Islamic religious services on a regular basis11, as well as religious ceremonies on national holidays and during national events.

"Freedom of Thought" by IHEU (2012)

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6. The Internet

IT Security Risks
271USA3.68
270Russia2.42
269India2.10
...
226Ethiopia0.84
225Ivory Coast0.82
224Burkina Faso0.79
223Cameroon0.77
222Kenya0.77
221Zambia0.76
220Moldova0.71
219Uzbekistan0.69
Data Source
Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
157Solomon Islands5.00
158Congo, (Brazzaville)5.00
159Mozambique4.17
160Cameroon4.00
161Lesotho3.86
162Bangladesh3.70
163Afghanistan3.65
164Benin3.13
Data Source

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

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7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Personal Charitability (2013-2016)12
CountryValue12
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
...
76Sudan64
77Tajikistan64.5
78Guinea65.75
79Cameroon66
80Suriname66
81Korea, S.66.33
82Tanzania69
83Afghanistan69
Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
106China6.4
107Tanzania6.4
108Bangladesh6.3
109Cameroon6.3
110Nepal6.3
111India6.3
112Iran6.2
113Pakistan6.2
Data Source
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
93Papua New Guinea2.08
94Trinidad & Tobago2.08
95Angola2.11
96Cameroon2.11
97Uganda2.12
98Tajikistan2.12
99Madagascar2.12
100Liberia2.13
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
128Gambia66
129Zimbabwe66
130Senegal66
131Cameroon64
132Central African Rep.64
133Congo, (Brazzaville)64
134Ethiopia64
135Mozambique64
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
117Uzbekistan14
118Sudan14
119Mauritius14
120Cameroon14
121Jamaica14
122Japan14
123Jordan14
124Kenya14
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
116Venezuela99.4
117Nepal99.4
118Ecuador99.4
119Cameroon99.4
120Chad99.4
121Brunei99.4
122Tajikistan99.4
123S. Sudan99.4
Data Source
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
143Mauritania$2 174
144Solomon Islands$2 172
145Tajikistan$2 119
146Cameroon$2 114
147Nigeria$2 102
148Cambodia$2 095
149Kyrgyzstan$2 009
150Lesotho$1 879
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
110Serbia4.5
111Bahrain4.5
112Kenya4.4
113Cameroon4.4
114Sudan4.4
115Djibouti4.4
116Ethiopia4.4
117Armenia4.4
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
129Zambia47.0
130Oman45.9
131Guinea-Bissau44.7
132Cameroon44.6
133Indonesia44.6
134Rwanda44.6
135Guinea44.4
136Bolivia44.3
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
166Syria-50
167Eritrea-50
168Tunisia-50
169Cameroon-70
170Libya-70
171Qatar-70
172Comoros-70
173Senegal-70
Data Source

Current edition: 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/cameroon.html
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References: (What's this?)

Charities Aid Foundation
World Giving Index. On www.cafonline.org.

CIA
(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Crabtree, Vexen
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 Feb 20.

Gallup
(2009) Religiosity. gallup.com/poll/142727/.... The survey question was "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" and results are charted for those who said "yes". 1000 adults were polled in each of 114 countries.

IHEU. International Humanist and Ethical Union.
(2012) Freedom of Thought. A copy can be found on iheu.org/...Freedom of Thought 2012.pdf, accessed 2013 Oct 28.

Lynn, Harvey & Nyborg
(2009) Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations. Richard Lynn, John Harvey and Helmuth Nyborg article "Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations" in Intelligence (2009 Jan/Feb) vol. 37 issue 1 pages 11-15. Online at www.sciencedirect.com, accessed 2009 Sep 15.

United Nations
(2011) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../HDR_2011_EN_Complete.pdf (accessed throughout 2013, Jan-Mar). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
(2013) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's HDR website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.

Footnotes

  1. World Bank data on data.worldbank.org accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. UN (2011) .^
  3. UN (2013) .^
  4. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on www.iso.org, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  5. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on www.iana.org.^
  6. According to ISO4217.^
  7. According to ITU-T.^
  8. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cm.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  9. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  10. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ar.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  11. 2010 IRF report (US International Religious Freedom report). In IHEU 2012.^
  12. Charities Aid Foundation . Average ranking across years 2013-2016. Lower is better.^

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