PRIA and SPARC along with a number of partner civil society and community based organization are working towards strengthening civil society voices and actions on ever increasing issues in urban poverty in different states of the country.
One of the major inadequacies in taking forward the agenda of inclusion and active participation of the urban poor in various government run programmes is weak civil society engagement with issues of urban poverty and urban governance. There are just a handful of civil society organizations in the country, which have focused on organizing and mobilizing the urban poor to claim their rights and thereby to secure active participation and ownership of urban development programmes. There is no national network of civil society, or even a sub- sectorial coalition, that focuses on these issues on a sustained basis. A strong civil society engagement would be crucial at city level and also at the state government level; however, engagement at the national level can then be valuable to ensure supportive policies and guidelines from the central government and other agencies like the Planning Commission.
With the aim to strengthen this civil society participation, we are organising State and City Level Consultation in Kerala (Trivandrum and Kollam) and Rajasthan (Jaipur)
In Kerala, city and state level multi stakeholder consultations, is to be held respectively on 26th May and 28th May in Kollam and Trivandrum, and is aimed at sharing (cum action planning on the basis) of collective experiences.. The objective of this consultation is to evolve a collective understanding through dialogues on methods and approaches to address the issues of urban poverty in the state. This consultation would also strive to sensitize and educate different sections of society about the need to strategically and collectively focus on issues of urban poor. We are expecting participants from community, civil society, academia, media and government to participate in this consultation.
In Jaipur, we are organizing a state level workshop on 2nd June, 2012, at Institute for Development Studies (IDS), Jhalana Institutional Area, Jaipur, to ensure supportive strategies and tactics for enhancing community participation and ascertaining people participation by empowering the stakeholders by the knowledge about various government run programmes and schemes.
For more details on the consultations please be free to contact TerraUrban!