UN-HABITAT initiated a pro-poor community-managed water supply scheme in the cities of Gwalior, Jabalpur and Indore in Madhya Pradesh, India, with a vision to demonstrate how quickly the lives of the urban poor and the disadvantaged be improved by connecting them to safe drinking water and using
innovative financial mechanisms like revolving funds. The project has proven prospects for managing sustainable drinking water supply at affordable costs.
The Orangi Pilot Project in Pakistan is unique in many ways. The main feature of the model is its simplicity. The spirit of project is that people can and do help themselves. It endorses the faith in the ability of people to address their own problems.
Gram Vikas, a non-governmental organization working with the rural poor provided 100 per cent water supply and sanitation coverage to 211 villages in the State of Orissa, India. A family-oriented approach and a socialized community fund-raising are the organisation’s hallmark strategies for encouraging total village participation. The uniqueness of Gram Vikas is the adoption of social inclusion. Its integrated approach culminates in a process of empowering marginalized groups, especially women who are traditionally excluded from the meaningful participation and decision making.
A fast-track community-based water supply and sanitation project is implemented under the MEK-WATSAN initiative in Xieng Ngeun, a secondary urban town in Lao PDR. The project aims at addressing the problems of water and sanitation of the rapidly expanding urban poor and demonstrates how a community can work together with a utility to provide improved water and sanitation, and in the process, enhance the capacity of the community, utility and the local authorities.