In Algeria, academic research and public action are not sufficiently interested in peri-urban territories. Due to their particularity of stakes and heterogeneity of actors, they become complex and constraining territories for intervention. The urban fringes of the city of Djelfa, in the heart of the central highlands, are subject to poor management, as evidenced by rapid urbanisation, the nibbling of reforested areas and the interruption of specific development projects on these fringes. The objective of this research is to demonstrate the real reasons for the poor governance of these territories. One of these reasons is the deprivation of citizens’ right to be involved. In other words, the absence of fundamental mechanisms of coordination between the actors and the margins of manoeuvre of each organisation leads to the insufficient regulation of these territories. To this end, semi-structured interviews with stakeholders in two development projects on the eastern and southeastern fringes of the city were used. These surveys analysed the different stakeholder’s positions in the development projects of the peri-urban areas of the town to grasp the involvement and coordination between the actors.

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