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Agra, Cross Cutting Agra Program

Project Description

Crosscutting Agra Programme (CAP), implemented with the support of USAID and in partnership with the Municipal Corporation of Agra was designed to improve sanitation conditions in slums and promote sustainable livelihoods among poor communities. CAP was implemented around a heritage trail of five lesser-known monuments and five shadow low-income settlements. CURE mobilized and organized communities for inclusive planning, enterprise development and employment-linked skilling. In partnership with the Tourism Guild, CURE set up the Mughal Heritage Walk (MHW), as a livelihood option for young people and women from the communities. MHW link to the city’s tourism economy guaranteed its sustainability. Community-led sanitation initiatives included; construction of household, school and community toilets, a decentralized wastewater treatment system, and solid waste management service improvements. A Toilet Savings Group and a Community Development Fund were set up under CAP. The former enabled women to save up and borrow for building home toilets, the latter capitalized from the walk sales, was at the disposal of the community to be invested in upgrading of their areas. CAP was recognised as a Good Practice by UN Habitat in 2008 under the Dubai Municipality Awards. CAP’s success led to Agra being the first chair of the PEARL Heritage Conservation group – a knowledge sharing platform set up as part of urban reform processes under JNNURM.

Project Details

  • Date August 4, 2005
  • Tags Slum Upgrading
  • Project Location

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