Supporting community based programmes for the poor

This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities. Agenda 21 recommends encouraging the organization of indigenous community-based organizations, private voluntary organizations and other forms of non-governmental entities which can contribute efforts to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life for low-income families.

The potential of community-based organizations has been shown in the success of the community contracts programme in Sri Lanka, where the community is represented by a legal entity and is involved in the planning and design of the proposed facility. It also opens a separate account for the funds involved. The community itself decides how to organize the work. In that country, from January 1986 to December 1988, a total of 83 community contracts were awarded to 70 different community development councils. The work included residential roads and drains, toilet blocks, water supply standposts, community buildings, repair and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure.

Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities