Organizing comprehensive community care

Coordinating community maintenance
Organizing community upkeep efforts
Improving organization of community environment
Structuring effective neighbourhood care
Instituting systematic neighbourhood care
Enabling systematic neighbourhood care
Fostering neighbourhood care systems
Continuing total community upkeep
Localizing community care structures
Offering adequate structures for community care
Providing sufficient structures for community care
Providing community care-taking systems
Increasing effectiveness of community care-taking systems
Assuring local care requirements
Structuring local care
Developing corporate community care
In Madras (Kerala, India) community care is devolved to "street cells", made up of people in a neighbourhood without consideration of their status or wealth. Local street cells may be responsible for collection and disposal of garbage and kitchen wastes, supply of clean water, decision on building standards for the area, and collecting the taxes. The cells are combined into Area Councils, Area Councils into Divisions, Divisions into Ranges and the Ranges into a Corporation. Each level in the pyramid has full and autonomous control of expenditure of part of the taxes, and the beneficiaries determine their own priorities. This form of civic participation down to the street level keeps everyone involved in civic affairs and everyone concerned with the welfare of their neighbourhood. By putting care and concern for the community above self-interest and by trusting the people to make their own decisions, Kerala boasts health and well-being standards equal to the best of the developed countries, with per capita incomes in the order of only US$200 per year.
Type Classification:
C: Cross-sectoral strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal