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close this bookVolunteer Participation in Working with the Urban Poor (UNDP - UNV, 64 p.)
close this folderII. Insights derived from community-based programmes
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Open this folder and view contentsUrban informal sector
View the documentLow-income housing
View the documentInfrastructure and basic services
View the documentHealth and HIV/AIDS prevention
View the documentNon-formal education and functional literacy
View the documentWomen, gender and development
View the documentChildren of the street
View the documentImplications for VSAs


The idea of a community-based approach to working with low-income urban groups is not new; many organisations already support a range of such programmes in the urban areas of developing countries. Some of these programmes are single-point interventions, while others are integrated approaches. Most of these programmes have involved assistance from local NGOs or foreign organisations. The bulk of the finance, labour and raw material resources, however, has come from communities themselves. The common element among these programmes is that urban entrepreneurs and communities are the point of origin and their driving force. The following section provides an overview of salient issues extracted from selected community-based project evaluations and case studies in the broad themes of the urban informal sector; low-income housing; infrastructure and basic services; health and HIV/AIDS prevention; non formal education and functional literacy; and women and children.