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close this bookCommunity Approach to Integrated Basic Services Promoting Health and Livelihood for the Urban Poor - UNCHS Pilot Project: Lucknow, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam (Government of India - HABITAT, 1999, 90 p.)
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View the documentForeword
View the documentPreface
View the documentExecutive Summary
close this folder1. Introduction
View the document1.1 Background
View the document1.2 Poverty Alleviation Initiatives
View the document1.3 Review and Rationalization of the Poverty Interventions
View the document1.4 UNCHS - INDIA Partnership to fight poverty
View the document1.5 The Co-operation
View the document1.6 Implementation Strategy
View the document1.7 City Level Implementation Activities
View the document1.8 Distribution of Resources under SJSRY
View the document1.9 Institutional Arrangements
View the document1.10 Future Perspectives
close this folder2. Lucknow City Project
View the document2.1 The City Profile
View the document2.2 Socio-economic Profile
View the document2.3 Infrastructure Arrangements
View the document2.4 Institutional Arrangements, Management and Finance
View the document2.5 Slum areas under UNCHS Programme
View the document2.6 Strategies and Activities
close this folder3. Rajkot City Project
View the document3.1 The City Profile
View the document3.2 Socio-economic Profile of Slums
View the document3.3 Infrastructure Arrangements
View the document3.4 Institutional Arrangements, Management and Finance
View the document3.5 Slum Areas under UNCHS Programme
View the document3.6 Strategies and Activities
close this folder4. Visakhapatnam City Project
View the document4.1 The City Profile
View the document4.2 Socio-economic Profile
View the document4.3 Infrastructure Arrangements
View the document4.4 Institutional Arrangements, Management and Finance
View the document4.5 Slum Areas under UNCHS Programme
View the document4.6 Strategies and Activities
close this folder5. Future Perspectives
View the document5.1 Project Gains
View the document5.2 Strategy for Replicability
View the document5.3 Sustainability
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5.1 Project Gains





The UNCHS project has successfully demonstrated that the community in itself is a substantial resource and harnessing this could have beneficial effects for a project. Involving the community in different phases of a project not only helps in increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of resource utilisation, but could also help in filling the missing resource gaps either financially or otherwise. The project has utilised this potential of the community in an effective way.

Institutions are often blamed for ineffective delivery mechanisms. However, the crux of the problem is that appropriate receptive structures are also missing at the grass-root levels to inculcate the objectives of programmes. The single largest achievement in this project has been the institutionalisation of community structures. The main idea has been to involve those who are benefited in planning, implementation and monitoring of various services and community activities.

The clear gains of the project could therefore be quantified into two parts:

1. Institutionalising the community for the following purposes

· Identifying needs and prioritising them
· Participation in planning and decision making processes
· Monitoring of services and programmes
· Financial contributions throughout the project's life cycle.

2. Convergence of different programmes with similar objectives

· Improving physical infrastructure and services in selected areas

· Providing education and health facilities through Balwadis, Anganwadis etc. and primary health centres

· Providing vocational training to women to improve their income and employment opportunities