Preparation of State Urban Slum Policy (Gujarat, India)
Actual Completion Date
Lesson Learned for Cities Alliance Members and Partners
Lessons derived from the Evaluation Report... It is clear that it would be extremely premature in 2004 to attempt to come to any sort of definitive statement about the impact of this activity and, therefore, what lessons might be gained from it. Possibly the best option would be to request CMAG to convene a meeting in Gujarat, possibly sometime in 2005 – and review progress in respect of dissemination, policy implementation and impact.
There is a need for the state to promulgate a slum policy covering notification/denotification, granting of tenure, resettlement and rehabilitation, planning for integration, environmental improvement, access to social services, economic empowerment, financing sustainable services, improving creditworthiness of slum dwellers, shelter upgradation, and monitoring and evaluation.
The activity will create the policy platform upon which slum upgrading will be brought to scale in Gujarat, initially through IBRD and private sector resources.
Stakeholder consultation and a consensus-building process leading to a policy statement, followed by dissemination.
Expected Impacts and Results
The policy statement will lead to putting in place sustainable, replicable mechanisms for slum upgrading. This would be the first State Slum Policy in India. Similar work is being considered in Maharashtraand Karnataka. If the Gujarat experience is successful it will be very likely that other states will emulate the process. Success of the policy will lead to potential upscaling of slum improvement initiatives in the State and the consequent environmental improvements for poor communities could be very significant and widespread.