Community Initiatives in Urban Infrastructure

Community Initiatives in Urban Infrastructure

The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance for promoting increased involvement of low income urban communities in the procurement of neighbourhood (tertiary level) infrastructure. The contexts are several and varied including:

  • upgrading works carried out by urban government
  • donor funded urban development programmes
  • programmes initiated by non government organisations (NGOs).

The manual aims to demonstrate the potential benefits to be gained from community partnered procurement. The readership for the manual are policy makers and professional staff of urban government, development agencies, non-government organisations, and small to medium enterprises involved with infrastructure procurement for low income urban communities. The content of the manual applies to those frequently occurring, low risk, routine small infrastructure works which characterise neighbourhood urban upgrading programmes and projects. We investigate cases relating to water supply, sanitation, drainage, access, paving, street and security lighting, solid waste removal, and community buildings. It is not applicable to complex, large, high risk and high hazard infrastructure projects.

Manual presents the findings from DFID project on The Procurement of Infrastructure for Urban Low Income Communities The purpose of the project is to investigate the extent and nature of the involvement of low income urban communities in the provision of their local infrastructure.

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