At a Glance
Development Initiatives International – Deviin is a civil society organisation working to bring about socio-economic progress for people and their localities in normal times, during and after a crisis. As an agent of change, Deviin utilises humanitarian, peacebuilding and development activities to contribute in building sustainable futures for disadvantaged persons and communities.
Clean Drinkable Water, Electricity/Energy, Health & Environmental Care
Emergency Relief-to-Reconstruction Support
Counselling & Mentoring right from Adolescence I Quality Education & Skills Development
Youth/Female Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Deviin was originally birthed in Canada in 2018 against the backdrop of the following awareness and understanding – over the years: That Generally, before good things happen, bad things have the stage. Zero to poor basic infrastructures including drinkable water points, electricity and roads, Poor quality education and ineffective educational systems, youth insecurity (lack of confidence), social injustices, inequalities, inadequate industrialization, unemployment, poverty, climate change, civil conflicts and more. To move from this bad statusquo, change is the critical ingredient. Reason, goodwill & change argents come and open up road to the process that creates growth, progress, or the addition of physical, economic, environmental, social and demographic components, for the purpose of raising the level and quality of life for people and communities, without depleting environmental resources; hence sustainable development. A resolve to take that change oriented action happened in the wake of the Corona virus pandemic in March 2020: Horror from massive, rising global daily deaths, and then seeing so many local people in lack of adequate basic clean water to wash hands frequently as prescribed by WHO, meant an imminent worse situation. This will ignite Deviin’s formal existence – starting in Cameroon (the central African home country of its associates) that was already battling three other humanitarian crises.
Vision, Mission, Approach and Values
Deviin’s work as a CSO, is based upon a vision, a mission, approach and core values. This vision, mission, approach and values guide us in everything we do.
A world where inequalities and extreme poverty are significantly reduced, improving citizens’ well-being.
To catalyse change towards improving social and economic conditions for people and communities.
We understand that poverty cannot be overcome until social injustices & inequalities are significantly reduced and all people have equal rights & opportunities. We achieve this through a holistic community development perspective that involves taking comprehensive integrated actions starting from facilitated access to basically water, light, health/ environmental care, emergency relief & reconstruction support, to new empowerment opportunities in education, training and employment. From the experience of so doing, we eventually engage in campaigning/advocacy & policy dialogue. Specifically, young people, women, girls, minorities and disadvantaged/excluded groups in villages and peri-urban settings are central to our work. Grassroots-to-global partnership, membership and alliances constitute key elements of the way we work.
Annual reports & Financials
Programs & Operations Coordinator: – Sixtus Masango Ekane is a dependable Program|Project Manager with Red Cross and United Nations field experience in some of the most complex contexts. Mr Ekane has enjoyed in the past 17 years, a varied career with commercial, aid/relief & development entities; working or deployed to missions in Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, South Sudan and Sweden. He brings a personal commitment to the work of Devin in Cameroon where he oversees operational & program management – orchestrating setup, strategy (direction), representation, program delivery and support services management.
A Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI via the University of Ottawa Canada, Sixtus graduated from Fordham University in New York, USA in the summer of 2019 with a postgraduate diploma in Humanitarian Assistance and received a certificate in Leading & Managing Yourself and Others from the Havard Extension school in the same year. He also holds Master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Management from Sweden and Cameroon respectively.
Board of Directors