Towards a Neighborhood Improvement Policy: Home, Community, City and Quality of Life



Approval Date
Proposal Focus
Core Focus
Secondary Cities
Country Type
Costa Rica


To curb the sharp increase of slums in the country and meet MDG Target 11, the Government of Costa Rica has allocated USD$30,000,000 for the implementation of countrywide neighborhood improvement programmes in 2006-2010. This application aims at supporting this programme with a national slum upgrading policy focusing on citywide slum upgrading activities in select cities, including the capital city.
To develop a national slum improvement policy, that:  1) Allows central and local governments to carry-out integrated slum improvement programs and projects;  2)  Contributes to reducing urban poverty with emphasis on female-headed households; 3) Implementation of pro-poor neighborhood improvement interventions in a priority number of vulnerable communities.
Formulation of a national pro-poor policy and strategy for slum improvement that establishes the levels of competence and responsibility of national, provincial and local governments, including a component of effective citizen participation; Implementation of neighborhood improvement pilot interventions in 12 districts (sub-municipal division) covering approximately 120 neighborhoods with an estimated 6.000 families.
Expected Impacts and Results
1)  Improvement in the living conditions of the target communities achieved by the end of the project; 2)  Create a demonstration effect in neighboring communities and the emergence of spontaneous replication activities; 3) Impact on the mobilization of communities and stakeholders for the better implementation of these activities.