Official launch of activities related to the first edition of the Cameroon Cities and Homes Fair on World Day for the Right to the City (photo. Codas Caritas Douala)


In collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MINHDU) of Cameroon, the Diocesan Committee for Social Activities and Caritas of the Archdiocese of Douala is organizing the first Cameroon Cities and Homes Fair (Salon Villes et Toits du Cameroun) in Douala, on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 December 2019, under the theme: “The potential of low-income neighbourhoods”.

The event will generally examine the living environment of the inhabitants of low-income districts of the city of Douala as well as the initiatives to improve the living environment that exist there. Particular emphasis will be placed on the assets of these working class neighbourhoods, from a sociological, economic and artistic point of view. This Fair plans to become the annual meeting place for sharing and reflection on the improvement of the working class neighbourhoods of Cameroonian cities in order, on the one hand, to participate in the deconstruction of the negative and discriminatory perception of low-income neighbourhoods and, on the other hand, to encourage the inhabitants of working class neighbourhoods to lead this transfomation to improve their living conditions.

The Fair will be held every year during October, known as “Habitat Month”, in one of the Cameroonian cities, in order to significantly contribute to the improvement of the working class districts of these cities as well as to deconstruct the negative and discriminatory perception of users and administrators of these districts.

The organizing committee of the Cameroon Cities and Homes Fair invites contributions in the form of scientific articles in French or English in the following thematic areas:
1. The working class districts/low-income of Cameroon’s cities,
2. Initiatives to improve working class/low-income neighbourhoods,
3. The standards for improving working-class/low-income neighbourhoods.


1. Title of the paper
2. Surname(s) and first name(s) of the author
3. Author’s contacts: Email address and phone number;
4. Name of the home institution or organization
5. Number of words: 500 maximum
6. Police: Times New Roman
7. Font size: 12
8. Spacing: 1.5
9. Keywords: 5 maximum
10. Content: Clearly identified problem – Research question – Objectives and interest of the research – Methodological and theoretical framework – Expected or achieved results.

Please submit your paper to, with a copy to, by Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt and a registration number within 24 hours of submission.
The abstracts are submitted to the Scientific Committee set up for this purpose for examination and only the selected proposals will be included in the proceedings of the Fair.
On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, candidates will receive an email from the Organizing Committee indicating the status of their submission.