African Way – Association for Cooperation and Sustainable Development is the co-creation of Better World Cameroon - BWC NGO in the Global North


On October 1, 2021, BWC NGO Team created the African Way in Portugal


On January 12, 2021, soldiers raided and burned down the Bafut Ecovillage


BWC NGO Team moved to Portugal due to civil war


Civil war broke out in Cameroon that affected the BWC NGO


Bafut Ecovillage won the Gaia Excellence Award as Africa's most inspiring project


BWC NGO Team joined the Global Ecovillage Network


BWC NGO created the Ndanifor Permacultura Ecovillage in Bafut


BWC NGO was incorporated in Yaounde - Cameroon

Constitution of the African Way Association in Portugal

On October 1, 2021, the African Way - Association for Cooperation and Sustainable Development was officially constituted in Portugal. It took two years of intense planning, feasibility study and establishment of new partnerships so that BWC NGO projects could be co-created in the Global North.

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Arrival of the BWC NGO Team in Portugal

Due to the civil war in Cameroon, since 2016, part of the Better World Cameroon - BWC NGO team was forced into exile. Portugal was the country of destination where, in 2019, with the support of the Tamera Peace Research Centre community, it was possible to continue the work previously developed out in Cameroon.

Civil War in Cameroon

Declared in 2018 by the Norwegian Refugee Council as the most neglected crisis in the world

In 2016, while we were all excited about how much progress the BWC NGO had made in its ecovillage program, after winning the Gaia Trust’s Excellence Award in 2015, a war was declared in the English-speaking region of Cameroon. The crisis rocked Bafut village and we were expelled from the beautiful Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage which many described as paradise on earth.

Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage Demonstration Center

The initial BWC Community Garden project has been expanded to an Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage Demonstration Center, which since 2012 is inspiring climate adaptation in Cameroon, Africa and the International Community.

Origin of BWC NGO

The story of Better World Cameroon started in 1996 when Joshua Konkankoh mobilized hundreds of unemployed graduates and students living in the slums of Yaounde city to promote land based entrepreneurship and equitable opportunities for livelihoods.

BWC NGO was registered as an umbrella youth development organization for associations and farming groups.

BWC NGO is based on a community development model that aims to:
  • Create food sovereignty;
  • Promote landscape regeneration through permaculture and ecovillage design practices;
  • Rebuild the economy and local values;
  • Create a social movement that will help end youth unemployment and improve sustainable development in Africa.
  • Among the main activities developed by BWC NGO, the following stand out:
  • Development of local regenerative agricultural strategies;
  • Permaculture processes to improve ecosystems;
  • African Ecovillage Model - intentional community for youth entrepreneurship and women's empowerment;
  • Support the creation of social businesses.
  • BWC NGO is dedicated to developing sustainable agricultural strategies at the local scale based on indigenous knowledge to alleviate the food crisis and extreme poverty.

    BWC NGO has worked to heal young people's apathy about national life, focusing its work on re-establishing young people's connection with their land, their food sources and their cultural heritage.

    BWC NGO educates people about the cruelties behind consumer goods inflicted on their brothers and sisters and on the land.

    An organization for social transition toward a sustainable Africa

    Better World Cameroon - BWC NGO, a non-governmental organization, non-profit, was founded in 1996, in Yaounde - Cameroon, as an attempt to provide a local response to the global crisis and prove to young people and women that it is possible to live in accordance with the lines of voluntary collaboration.

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