From March 7 to 10, 2023 African ENvironmental Network participated in a workshop on the opportunities for implementation of community projects formulated by the inhabitants of the popular districts of the city of Douala-Cameroon. This workshop was organized by the Diocesan Committee of Social Activities (CODAS) Caritas of the Archdiocese of Douala. Douala is the economic capital of Cameroon, with an estimated population of 3.2 million in 2018 and an estimated annual population growth rate of 4%. Working-class or under-structured neighborhoods account for nearly 47% of the population. CODAD Caritas Douala has set itself the objective of helping people in these neighborhoods, which are among the most impoverished in the city of Douala. To do this, CODAS has formulated a project to promote and protect the right to decent housing by supporting the improvement of popular neighborhoods. The issues addressed by the project are related to access to land, land grabbing, forced evictions, the right to the city and community animation in popular neighborhoods. During this workshop, African Environmental Network contributed to
- In-depth study of the priority projects presented by community leaders in each neighborhood: Storm drainage; Extension of a public lighting system; Development of concrete platforms and acquisition of garbage bins; Extension of the drinking water supply network.
- Reflection on the financing of priority projects in popular neighborhoods to be explored by the decentralized territorial authorities.