Project to promote and protect the right to decent housing by supporting improvements in working-class neighbourhoods (QP)

Project to promote and protect the right to decent housing by supporting improvements in working-class neighbourhoods (QP)

An initiative of CODAS Caritas Douala

Overview of the project

In Cameroon, and in Douala in particular, many households in so-called working-class neighbourhoods continue to languish under the threat of mass evictions and the peaceful insecurity of tenure, due to the clichés with which these neighbourhoods are labelled. These clichés give the State an excuse to embark on vast urbanisation projects, without however involving the residents in the process of developing, implementing and monitoring the projects intended for them.
Effective restructuring of neighbourhoods must be envisaged in order to contribute to the development of the city and better social cohesion, because social disorder leads to natural disorder. It is with this in mind that the Popular Neighbourhood Improvement Project (Projet d’Amélioration des Quartiers Populaires – AQP) is mobilising the residents of neighbourhoods in Douala’s 05 arrondissements to draw up and propose participatory plans for improving their living environment to the municipalities and public authorities.


Contributing to the protection of the right to decent housing for victims and potential victims of forced evictions, and to the improvement of working-class neighbourhoods in Douala.

Level of progress

Ongoing research

Project timeline

Projet toujours en cours

Quantitative results
  • 04 out of 06 initiatives to improve people’s living conditions have already been implemented in three of the project’s five target neighbourhoods.
Qualitative results
  • the public authorities and the leaders of working-class neighbourhoods are gradually working to implement participatory plans to improve the living environment for local people.

Appui financier de l'organisation Allemande MISEREOR

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CODAS Caritas Douala

Head of social engineering for the urban planning of the Quartiers Populaires Improvement Project

1- At the end of the project, the capacities of the victims and potential victims of forced evictions and of PLAFODAL are strengthened by increased monitoring of activities relating to the rights of those evicted and by greater involvement of PLAFODAL in issues relating to the defence of the right to housing.
2-At the end of the project, at least 04 public authorities and at least 03 media intensify their actions to promote the potential of the target popular neighbourhoods.
3-At the end of the project, at least 06 initiatives to improve working-class neighbourhoods, based on the plans developed in phase I, are implemented in the targeted neighbourhoods as part of increased collaboration between municipal institutions, CODAS Caritas Douala and other actors.

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