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Urban slum dwellers in Cameroon face a daily reality of extreme poverty and terrible living conditions. Women and people living with HIV and AIDS are especially vulnerable to insecure tenure and forced evictions. They are often disadvantaged by traditional inheritance practices or unable to meet housing loan repayments. Recent government moves to give the capital city, Yaoundé, a facelift has increased the number of evictions.

Rooftops Canada’s local partner in Cameroon is CONGEH,a coalition of over 20 community organizations. CONGEH works with government, local officials and civil society to find solutions to the problems associated with rapid urbanization. It places special emphasis on women’s equal access to land and shelter. With Canadian technical assistance and financial support, CONGEH has developed an HIV/AIDS program that helps ensure the tenure rights of surviving family members and orphans. 
CONGEH’s community based Land Consultation Clinics are an innovative response to land issues. They provide essential information on land rights and assist with advocacy. This experience also feeds into CONGEH’s work promoting regional exchanges on land rights, HIV/AIDS and gender issues. This is done with Rooftops Canada support through the Habitat International Coalition – Women and Shelter Network (HIC WAS) in Francophone Africa.
Related Links
HIV Threatens Housing Security in Cameroon [December 2008]
Making the Link between Housing and HIV/AIDS [December 2007]
Urban Renewal in Cameroon: At What Cost? [November 2007] 
Visitors from Cameroon Exchange Ideas on Housing, HIV and AIDS [April 2007]
Creating Economic Opportunities for the Improvement of Housing [February 2007]
Asserting Women’s Rights to Land in Cameroon [May 2006]

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