Eric Ndeh Mboumien Ngang

Eric Ndeh Mboumien Ngang

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

Qualifications

  • Certificate of Participation, Short Course on Natural Resource Governance and Citizen Engagement, Coventry University, United kingdom
  • Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability, University of South Australia, Australia
  • BSc. in Environmental Science, University of Buea, Cameroon.

Biography

Eric’s research is on the theme of Climate Change and Local Indigenous Knowledge and Practices in Kenya: An Analysis of Agrarian Community Responses and their Role in Formal Law and Decision-Making.  The overarching goal of his research is to identify and explore the concepts, factors, processes and mechanisms that make the Kenya law making process on climate change adaptation that incorporates LIKP standout. This is important as it will enable him to make theoretical explanations and draw conclusions from the relationships that contribute to the success or not of incorporating LIKPs in law making on climate change adaptation for wider applicability.

Eric believes that if communities are given the opportunity sit on the driver’s seat of development processes, they can better define what development they want and contribute to achieving it. Thus he has stepped forward as a researcher and community development practitioner and continue to demonstrate visionary and inspirational leadership in citizen advocacy and not-for-profit management. He has personally initiated a number of local and national organizations which are working with communities on social, environmental and economic development, and human rights initiatives across Africa. The most remarkable is the Action Group on Governance and Environmental Management (AGGEM), a community based organisation which is gaining recognition as the representative voice in articulating the needs and interest of various beneficiary communities in Africa and carrying out impactful projects on natural resources and environmental management.

He has contributed to discussions at different levels in areas including civil society sustainability, governance, lobby and advocacy, climate change and diverse natural resource management issues. He has over 12 publications (journal articles, book chapter, case studies) to my credit. I am a membership of many professional associations and bodies including the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) UK, British Ecological Society (BES), Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Africa Evidence Network (AEN).

Eric equally believes in giving back and contributing to build a cadre of new generation thinkers. He thus has mentored many students and young professionals such as the Young Queens Leaders.  Currently Eric works as Teaching Assistant/Project Support Assistants to undergraduate students participating in the Vice Chancellor’s Challenge 2019 and the Birmingham Project 2019 at the University of Birmingham. The overarching aim of these challenges are framed around making Birmingham and the West Midlands better in the next 10-15 years and identifying the role the University can play in this process.

Eric is recipient of several awards, scholarships and fellowships including the Australia Awards Scholarship, Australia Awards Fellowship, the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, the Golden Key International Honors Award and is an Alumni of the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, the International Visitor’s Leadership Program (IVLP)

Teaching

  • 2015-2018, Lecturer, ICT University, Cameroon

Design, teach and assess course modules for students in both undergraduate and graduate students 18 and over in Project Management and Sustainability. Teaching methods I have used include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical demonstrations, field work and e-learning.

  • 2013-2018, Part-time Lecturer, Institute for Professional Management, Organisational Development and Training (IMPT), Cameroon.

Design, teach and assess course modules Project Management and sustainable development.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Climate Change and Sustainable Livelihoods in Central and East Africa: A Comparative Analysis of Agrarian Community Responses and their Role in Formal Law and Decision-Making
Supervisors
Dr Walters Nsoh and Professor Fiona Nunan
Course
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur

Research

Climate change is a defining issue of our era, with its impacts reaching global and regional scales. The current magnitude and rate of change is already altering species distributions, life histories, community composition, stability and ecosystem function. It is anticipated that the current rate of climate change will worsen the food security challenge in sub Saharan Africa with over 240 million currently lacking adequate access to food. Addressing this challenge depends on how fast measures and strategies in response to this phenomenon are arrived at.  Currently, there are many high level policies, agricultural technologies, scientific practices, tools, and financing mechanisms have been developed in response to the changes imposed by Climate change. Unfortunately, these highly hailed climate change adaptation solutions to shield households and communities against unavoidable impacts are currently failing and have side-lined community inputs. This is particularly agrarian community Local Indigenous Knowledge and Practices (LIKPs). These LIKPs are currently recognised by many schools of thought and practitioners as making significant contributions to community and household food security and adaptation amidst a challenging climate. They have recently highlighted the importance of LIKPs in environmental management processes as a key strategy to fill scanty scientific data including socio-economic, cultural, chemical, and biophysical knowledge to hasten decision making in favour of communities. In addition, how this stakeholders through their organised groups have sought to influence law and decision making to their favour is yet to be highlighted.

Empirical studies that demonstrate how the interest of the vulnerable especially the agrarian communities are taken into consideration are yet to be done.  In addition how these laws, policies and institutions translate to concrete plans and actions that make real meaning in the lives of vulnerable people is yet to be demonstrated. These research seeks to address these gaps by investigating the political will behind the prolific legislation from the point of view of decision makers and the political efficacy of agrarian communities with respect to their involvement in this processes. Also the confidence that their inputs are taken into consideration during the decision making and during implementation processes of actions and strategies to accompany these laws and decisions. A comparative analysis of Cameroon, Tanzania and Zambia where the legal environments that support organised agrarian group involvement in the law and decision making processes are different will highlight what best approaches to take to integrate LIKPs as a source of innovation crucial for addressing livelihood challenges caused by climate change for such communities.

Other activities

Teaching Assistant/Project Support Assistant positions

Conference presentations

  • 12-25 June 2017, Laureate, 2017 Economic Justice Institute: Economic Justice in Africa: Climate Change, Inequalities and Development organised by Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Maputo, Mozambique
  • 20-22 September 2016, Research and Evidence-Informed Decision Making Landscape at the Africa Evidence 2016 Conference,  Pretoria, South Africa
  • 8-12 October 2014, Harnessing and valuing local and indigenous knowledge on climate change adaptation and mitigation to enhance food security for households, the case of Cameroon at the Mining and Agriculture Symposium, Kampala Uganda
  • 12-16 May 2014,Policy Planning on Climate Change Adaptation: the place of local and indigenous adaptive capacities and knowledge‘,Third International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, Fortaleza (Ceará), Brazil.
  • 28 to 29 Nov 2012, ‘Shift from capacity building towards valuing existing capacities of local organisations in the global south: the case of the North West Association of Development Organisations (NWADO), Cameroon" accepted and fully funded for "The Challenges for Participatory Development in Contemporary Development Practice" - Australian Council For International Development Universities Linkages Conference 2012. Presenting at ANU in November with subsequent publication on the Development Bulletin of the Australian National University.West Association of Development Organisations (NWADO)” Cameroon,  presented at the Australian Council for International Development Universities Linkages Conference in Venue: Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • 22 – 29 Nov. 2009, ‘Projectisation’ of Governance in Africa, Its Implication to Development, Governance Assembly, 2009 Commonwealth Peoples Forum Venue: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Membership of organisations

  • Member, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
  • Member, Association for the Research of Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA)
  • Member, Africa Evidence Network (AEN)
  • Member, Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy (ANH Academy)
  • Member, Africa Community of Practice – Managing for Development Results
  • Member, Project Management Institute (CAPM® Licence No. 1584328)
  • Member, International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)
  • Member, NEPAD-Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness
  • Member, Golden Key International Honour Society (10056123)
  • Member Toastmasters International aimed at enhancing Public Speaking Skills (2154516/73)
  • President, Cameroon-Australia Alumni Association (CAM3A)

Research grants

  • USD2000 Research Grant for research on Linking Local Capacity Development and Civil Society Sustainability: A Case Study of the North West Association of Development Organisations (NWADO), Cameroon, from West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI).
  • USD 30,000 Australia Awards Small Grant for research on Quantifying and Qualifying Indigenous Knowledge and Practice of Communities to Complement Scientific Data on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation for Local Household Food Security in Cameroon, Tanzania and Zambia.

Profiles

Publications

  • Ngang et al. 2015, "Community Water Management Schemes: An option for sustainable water-for-all in North West region of Cameroon amidst climate change and population growth inJournal of Advanced Studies in Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Sciences (JABE), Vol.2.Issue.4.2015 (Oct-Dec), ISSN:2394-2606, www.jabe.in
  • Ngang, E 2014, Linking Local Capacity Development and Civil Society Sustainability: A Case Study of the North West Association of Development Organisations (NWADO), Cameroon, accepted for Publication inThe West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) Monographs,WACSeries.
  • Ngang al., 2014, Climate Change and Conventional Farm practices: perception of small-scale rural women farmers in Bome village, Momo Division of Cameroon, in Journal of Advanced Studies in Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Sciences(JABE), Vol.1.Issue.1.2014, ISSN:2394-2606, http://www.jabe.in
  • Ngang, E 2012, Energy options from the 20th Century: Comparing Conventional and Nuclear Energy from a Sustainable Standpoint, in Journal of Natural Resources and Development, Vol. 02, pp. 33-41, http://jnrd.info/ DOI:10.5027/jnrd.v2i0.07
  • Ngang, E 2009, The ‘Projectisation’ of Governance in Africa: Its Implication to Development, in  Governance in the Commonwealth, An Overview of Current Debates. P22-P33 Commonwealth Foundation publication, ISBN 978-0-903850-51-3, http://www.commonwealthfoundation.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Bssce4UZykY%3D&tabid=316
  • Ngang, E 2010, Codes of Ethics and Certification Scheme for NGOs; A case study of Cameroon in Lingán, J,  Cavender, A, Palmer, T, & Gwynne, B (Eds)“Responding to development effectiveness in the global South”, One World Trust / World Vision Briefing Paper Number 126,  pp 7-9 http://www.oneworldtrust.org/csoproject/images/documents/Responding_to_Southern_Effectiveness_WVI_OWT_Joint_Paper.pdf