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Catalysing effective social accountability systems through community participation

Jukur, Smruti, Wiltgen Georgi, Neele, Tolhurst, Rachel ORCID:, Whittaker, Lana ORCID:, Ozano, Kim and Rao, Vinod Kumar (2023) 'Catalysing effective social accountability systems through community participation'. Cities & Health, Vol 7, Issue 6, pp. 982-990.

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Worldwide, infrastructure expansion and visions of ‘slum-free cities’ displace people living in informal settlements. Without community participation in these processes and accountability mechanisms in place’ such displacement can adversely impact people’s health and well-being. This piece outlines SPARC’s (Society For Promotion of Area Resource Centres, SPARC is an NGO based in India promoting action of organised communities of urban poor to negotiate with the state on accessing tenure security, housing, sanitation and civic services) experience promoting community participation among residents of a relocation site in Ahmedabad, fostering coalescence, and rebuilding the dismantled community organisation to foster social accountability systems. The experience has reinforced learnings from previous work that poorly planned relocation increases the risk of impoverishment and negatively impacts residents’ social relations, which severely affects their ability to come together to demand social accountability. As such, we had to innovate our engagement strategies to rebuild trust and confidence and strengthen community participation and organisation, which we share here.

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Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 100 General works
WA Public Health > WA 20.5 Research (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2023 15:05
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