Objectives

  • Maximise use of the sites destined to house PAQRA facilities in the waiting period before their construction
  • Appropriation by future users of public spaces that will be influenced by the PAQRA;
  • Experimentation and usage testing of future equipment, identification of uses not taken into account in the PAQRA ;
  • Strengthening the local associative fabric, supporting existing initiatives and developing new ones.

Results

  • Civil society organisations, their use of the spaces and the expectations of the population in the fields of sport, culture and neighbourhood life are identified;
  • Initiatives by civil society organizations are supported by the UFI operator and financed by a support fund;
  • The UFI operator produces temporary equipment and facilities selected in consultation with civil society.
  • Local governance is strengthened by fruitful collaboration between stakeholders. Their skills and ability to manage small-scale urban projects with an immediate impact are consolidated.

Implementation

The Abidjan UFI was implemented by a consortium comprising the Swiss Centre for Scientific Research (lead partner), Urbaplan, Cabanon Vertical and Ola-up, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Urban Planning (MCLU), which is responsible for the project.

The Abidjan UFI brings people and stakeholders together to discuss urban development projects. We see the UFI as a means of mobilizing the population and raising awareness.

Alphonse N'guessan - Urban planner at the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Urban Planning, institutional project manager for the PUA.