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Ahmedabad Slum Networking Programme
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- India
- Urban Development and Management

Ahmedabad is the largest city in the state of Gujarat and the seventh largest city in India, with a population of more than 5.2 million. Approximately 440,000 people live in slums. Ahmedabad Slum Networking Programme is an infrastructure and service provision programme that improves the livelihoods of people living and working in Ahmedabad slum area through active participation of the community. It’s a partnership between Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) who plays the leading role, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and communities. The services include: household connections for water supply and drainage, toilets, paving internal roads and street lighting. All partners contribute towards implementation of this partnership project, though AMC bears about eighty percent of the cost of the physical infrastructure. The project is undertaken only in those slums where all households contribute a proportion of the 20% implementation costs. NGOs come in to mobilize community members to actively participate and contribute towards the project through schemes. Community participation at all levels and cost sharing instills a sense of ownership in the slum dwellers. By December 2005, 28 slum communities covering 4,868 households benefiting 24,340 people had been successfully upgraded. Implementation work is ongoing in 13 slum communities covering 3,835 households and benefiting 19,175 people.

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