Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Putting together essential resources to support local communities

Consultation between the Participatory Program for the Improvement of Slums and the technical and financial partners of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. The objective of this meeting, which took place in one of the conference rooms of the Mont Febe Hotel, is the effective implementation of the Participatory Program for the Improvement of Slums, by allocating the necessary resources to decentralized territorial communities.

In addition, there will be a question of adding value to poverty eradication projects as well as to the lack of vital means in cities, in order to reduce the insufficiency of infrastructures or basic services, insecurity and precarious housing in some areas.

The inventory was made by Celestine Ketcha Courtes, Minister of Housing and Development in her opening remarks at the opening ceremony: "Urbanization marked by the regression of infrastructure, poverty and poverty. social-urban disorder are adjacent to the precariousness of slums. The upgrading of degraded neighborhoods and access to drinking water remain one of the social projects for which Minhdu operates".

The member of the Government has not failed to highlight the urgent need for the department which it is responsible, to obtain financial support from partners, to achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030.

It for example, spoke about the World Bank-financed PDUE project, which aims to open up at-risk areas, thanks to financing of eighty-three (93) billion CFA francs. It will be implemented in seven cities of Cameroon.

Celestine Ketcha Courtès also expressed the wish to see Cameroon benefit from Phase 4 of the Participative Program for the Improvement of Slums, focused on a strong intervention in neighborhoods whose precariousness is well established.

While building on the United Nations Habitat Organization's definition of a household in a slum as a group of individuals living under one roof in an urban setting, the Minhdu took advantage of this forum, to make some grievances, which, taken into account, will allow to build sustainable housing, from a permanent structure which, in addition will offer protection to the populations, victims today of the bad climatic conditions, without talk about the lack of a sufficient living space. The more or less long-term goal is to provide housing that will accommodate up to three people.

However, according to Célestine Ketcha Courtès, it is necessary to take up the challenges imposed by, among other things, the lack of land security, the lack of access to drinking water, the sanitary facilities the elements taken into account by the Participatory Program for Improvement Slums.

Around the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, the presence of the representatives of the World Bank, Feicom, the Yaounde IV City Council, Crédit Foncier, the European Union and the United Habitat.