Ward Vision Campaign, Changemakers, 2006

Ward Vision Campaign, Changemakers, 2006

This was an exercise in participatory planning and grassroots democracy at the ward level undertaken by Janaagraha. The Ward Vision Campaign was a three-year perspective document whose objective was:

(1) To produce a plan that is articulated by the residents and other stakeholders of each ward prioritized over 3 years.
(2) To identify the sources of funding as well as their allocation to actually realise these priorities.
(3) To create an economic and social profile of the participating ward in order to make the campaign representative of the demographic. 15 wards out of a 100 wards in Bangalore were identified, out of which 10 wards finally participated in the process.

CDP workshop

CDP workshop

Jana Urban Space organized two meetings to discuss the proposed draft CDP – 2005 -2015 for Bangalore. The first meeting included grassroots leaders, CBO’s and team members from AVAS. An elaborate powerpoint presentation highlighting the salient features of the CDP and its impact on the urban poor was prepared and presented by Anita Reddy, AVAS. The views arising from the discussions by this group reflects the demands of grassroots leaders from the urban poor communities in Bangalore.

The second meeting had representatives from different NGO’s and the various Panchayats that fell within the footprint of the proposed CDP who deliberated on the draft CDP with the information presented on the powerpoint stimulating the discussions.

The outcome of the both the meetings was recorded by Jana USP and submitted to the BDA and the state government suggesting a revision of the CDP to be more “comprehensive” and inclusive” of the urban poor and slum communities.

Transport Workshop

Transport Workshop

A fundamental fault line in the current planning process is the absence of voice from the people themselves. The impact of this is the lack of agency and ownership of people in their cities, their neighborhoods, and even right outside their homes. The challenges to transform our cities and neighborhoods into places of pride and genuine belonging, are not trivial. They begin with creating the mindset in government and citizens, of genuine partnership rather than clientelism, which creates the appetite for tangible, appropriate policies, platforms and processes for voice and decision making – formal and informal.

Cox Town Market

Cox Town Market

The efficient supply and distribution of fresh food to a city’s population represents necessary mechanisms towards maintaining the well-being of the local economic system. Similarly, these mechanisms are integral to enhancing the city’s standard of living and nutrition levels of its inhabitants. With the rapid expansion in Bangalore’s population and the city’s boundaries, the intermediate role that wet markets assume between food producers and consumers has become increasingly complicated and important.

The study on Cox Town Market was a project Swati Ramanathan, Chairperson of JanaUSP conducted with the help of students to provide an in-depth, micro analysis of the role this type of market has to play. The current reality of the market, opinions of various community stakeholders and market usage information was collected and analysed.The outcome of the analysis included suggestions for improving the efficiency of Coxtown Market.

These suggestions were utilized in a public referendum, where the residents wer encouraged to vote for the new market design of their preference.

Decentralised Planning Guidelines

Decentralised Planning Guidelines

A fundamental fault line in the current planning process is the absence of voice from the people themselves. The impact of this is the lack of agency and ownership of people in their cities, their neighborhoods, and even right outside their homes. The challenges to transform our cities and neighborhoods into places of pride and genuine belonging, are not trivial. They begin with creating the mindset in government and citizens, of genuine partnership rather than clientelism, which creates the appetite for tangible, appropriate policies, platforms and processes for voice and decision making – formal and informal.

  • Ward Vision Campaign, Changemakers, 2006
  • CDP workshop
  • Transport Workshop
  • Cox Town Market
  • Decentralised Planning Guidelines

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