Participatory Planning Assessment
Inclusion and participation is at the core of CURE’s philosophy and community development strategy. We believe that people are the best judge of their needs. Demand based services have more sustainability due to greater ownership.
Inclusion, in CURE projects follows a participatory hierarchy; moving from need identification to prioritizing and planning for interventions to engagement in civil works through oversight, contribution in labour and resources and community management of services. The effort is to incrementally increase the level of participation, responsibility and ownership and to set up and institutionalize voice platforms for government and community engagement.
CURE uses a range of participatory tools (hyperlink to PLA) for community and local area planning. These tools have been adapted by CURE to address sectoral issues and make qualitative assessments that enable policy level decisions (hyperlink to Sanei, DJB).
Ward Level Planning
Ward level participatory planning processes have been initiated as part of Cities Alliance support for implementing a City Development Strategy in Agra (hyperlink to SEEDS report). Ward level planning is about mainstreaming slums with city systems and addressing jointly development concerns of poor and better off neighbourhoods. Ward level planning is also in consonance with the road map for decentralization under the 74th CAA.