UN-Habitat Supports Slums Upgrading Projects

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The Global Land Tool Network partnering with Huairou Commission International Land Coalition and Slum/ Shack Dwellers International for grassroots development has advocated for aggressive upgrading of slum settlements all over the world.

As part of its contribution, the organisation is providing support to four grassroots led projects in India, Peru, Tanzania and the Philippines.

Project selection followed an open call for proposals and was led by a selection committee of four grassroots representatives.

According to the organisation, each project entails trial scaling-up of a community-based approach to land policy implementation.

The aim of each project is to help achieve the mainstreaming of approach and establish a grassroots government partnership for implementation of scale.

With funds transferred from Norway and Sweden to grassroots organisations and work had already began on the ground.

The Global Land Tool Network is now launching the process of providing technical assistance and political support to the project in India, there is increasing government interest in Community-Led enumerations to facilitate city-wide slum-upgrading.

The project  implementation by society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), the National Federation of Slum-Dwellers and Mahila Milan in Cuttack and other cities in Orissa, will test out a methodology for digital, city wide settlement mapping and for working with local authorities to secure federal subsidies for up-grading.

The support is focusing on technical aspects as special data management and helping to evaluate methodologies for bridging the gap between communities and planners.