Assisting Urban Communities

Global Communities has been working with slum communities to address pressing urban issues in India since 2003. With support from the Caterpillar Foundation, Global Communities is helping improve waste management services in slums in Bangalore. With the help of a Caterpillar Foundation investment, Global Communities opened the Kasa Rasa waste management facility—a 2,500 square-foot center that recycles 1.5 tons of solid waste per day, including organic waste that is composted on site. 

With funding from the John Deere Foundation, the Slum Improvement Program builds upon Global Communities recent work in Pune to improve the living conditions and livelihoods of slum residents. The program focuses on making deep impacts in 6 slums and 4 villages while strengthening bottom-up planning practices and institutionalizing new poverty reduction programs within the local government.   

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With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Communities implemented Slum Communities Achieving Livable Environments with Urban Partners (SCALE-UP) in India and Ghana from 2007-2011. In India, the program operated in the cities of cities of Pune, Bangalore and Nagpur, where up to half of residents live in rapidly expanding slums.

Through SCALE-UP, Global Communities improved slum conditions and the livelihoods of slum residents by:
  • Working with local residents and organizing communities to redevelop slum housing
  • Assisting waste collectors with interventions like health screenings, hygiene education, vocational training, new safety equipment, improved working conditions and association membership
  • Training and organizing more than 5,000 community volunteers to perform slum neighborhood surveys and develop action plans to advocate for their neighborhoods
  • Producing comprehesive slum atlases to help local governments, NGOs and other social institutions identify the most pressing and prevelant issues in each slum and make plans to address them
  • Registering more than 36,000 informal workers through LabourNet to help connect them to job opportunities