About Us


RCESD is a registered non-profit organisation (Reg. No. 358/G37/D14/VOL II/SAAJP) with head-office in Buea, Cameroon. It was founded in October 2008 by 8 graduate students determined to contribute to a change in their local community under the former name “Rural Alliance for Youth Development- RAYD”. In 2013, there was a need to engulf a wider perspective and to broaden the scope of the organisation. This brought in new ideas and expertise into the management team. A broader agenda was set for the organisation and the name was modified from RAYD to RCESD to meet this new agenda. However, it still laid strong emphasis on youth capacity building, which was its initial goal. RCESD is a membership organization. Currently, we have a membership of 56 (national and international). RCESD is run by a board of directors who are early career scientists motivated to lead change in their local communities and beyond. The operation organigram is can be consulted below.


It is the mission of RCESD to contribute to the sustainable development agenda through collaborative research, capacity building and project support. We look at how environmental integrity and social justice can be achieved in a dynamic and complex globe in which we live. We lay emphasis on collaborative actions and networking. RCESD uphold that through inclusive and meaningful participation, sustainable development can be achieved.


We seek to be a recognized leader organisation that excels in effective crafting and implementing of solutions to sustainable development challenges through capacity building, research and responsible engagement with the local community as well as with the national and global communities in which we live.