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The Role of Resident Participation in Upgrading Informal Settlements: The Case of La Rocade Neighborhood in M'sila - Algeria

Informal settlements represent a significant housing stock in Algeria. Faced with this situation, the government settled on acknowledging them by means of regularizing their illegal status with the aim of integrating them into the general fabric of cities. This public reconciliation is defined by certain measures such as authenticating land ownership and housing tenure, and by initiating urban upgrading operations. This study aimed to identify the concept and importance of resident participation in the improvement of their informal settlement by analyzing an urban upgrading project. It is a field project concerning an informal residential neighborhood called La Rocade located in the city of M’sila in Algeria. The project was led by the municipal authority in collaboration with the university members and with the assistance of residents' representatives. Since this study concerns resident participation in urban intervention projects, the emphasis was on the third party, the representatives of the residents, by studying them as a group of individuals in their context using the method of ‘active participant observation’. The group, as an equal social partner, was actively engaged in all stages of the project process, sharing experiences and opinions to be used in the improvement of its urban environment. The group was also the proponent of the negotiating dialogue between members of the local community and the municipal authorities responsible for such urban initiatives. Results suggest that using urban upgrading projects to learn about resident participation can be considered an effective strategy for social-urban improvement since the insights gained can be used to determine and develop policies for civic involvement in public projects and the recognition, funding and inclusion of informal settlements.

Informal Residential Neighborhood, Spontaneous Self-Built Housing, Resident Participation, Neighborhood Upgrading Project, Improvement and Integration Scheme, M'sila

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Boudjemaa Khalfallah, Salima Amrane. (2023). The Role of Resident Participation in Upgrading Informal Settlements: The Case of La Rocade Neighborhood in M'sila - Algeria. Urban and Regional Planning, 8(4), 69-78. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.urp.20230804.12

ACS Style

Boudjemaa Khalfallah; Salima Amrane. The Role of Resident Participation in Upgrading Informal Settlements: The Case of La Rocade Neighborhood in M'sila - Algeria. Urban Reg. Plan. 2023, 8(4), 69-78. doi: 10.11648/j.urp.20230804.12

AMA Style

Boudjemaa Khalfallah, Salima Amrane. The Role of Resident Participation in Upgrading Informal Settlements: The Case of La Rocade Neighborhood in M'sila - Algeria. Urban Reg Plan. 2023;8(4):69-78. doi: 10.11648/j.urp.20230804.12

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