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World Cities Day Campaign

31 Oct 2017  --  31 Oct 2017

Ajmer, Jhansi and Muzaffarpur

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PRIA is launching a weeklong campaign starting 31st October in three cities -- Ajmer, Jhansi and Muzaffarpur -- to commemorate World Cities Day. World Cities Day is celebrated every year with the theme Better City, Better Life to help promote successes of urbanization, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization. This year, the United Nations has selected "Innovative Governance, Open Cities" as the theme to highlight the important role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion.

PRIA's campaign will bring together urban middle class from different neighbourhoods to talk about development issues  of their city and how the lives of urban poor from informal settlements can be improved through effective city governance. Middle class citizens are being  encouraged to learn about their ‘neighbourhood slums’, by participating in slum walks, collaborative wall painting, and discussions in commercial and public places on how Ajmer, Jhansi and Muzaffarpur can become inclusive.

Urban middle classes will become sensitised to the issues of urban poor and their settlements, will learn about Settlement improvement Committees (SICs) and their networks across three cities, and find soultions how everyone can be involved in making their city inclusive and sustainable.

      
      

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  • PRIA facilitators listen, engage and explain at the level where participants understand and learn through many practical exercises. The best workshop on gender that our employees have attended

    Tsering Youdon
    Program Officer, Swedish Organisation for Individual Relief
    SOIR-IM, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  • Elected members & officials from Northern Province, Sri Lanka visited PRIA to learn about their exemplary work in developing citizen participation in governance and service delivery. JGU thanks PRIA.

    Prof. R. Sudarshan
    Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
    O.P. Jindal Global University
  • Undeniably good work done by PRIA. My visits to the communities they work with let me hear grassroots voices and stories...deeply rewarding for my personal growth, work and future research

    Loreen Regnander
    Intern, University of Victoria, Canada
  • PRIA has helped to build a large movement for citizens to use Panchayati Raj Institutions at the local level, to use their leadership, their voice, to bring about democracy from below

    Dr John Gaventa, Director of Research
    Institute of Development Studies
    Sussex, UK
  • Thank you PRIA -- for helping me gain the confidence to speak up. Today, I do not hesitate to speak with the sarpanch.

    Renu Joshi
    ASHA worker
    Hinglaz gali Anganwadi Centre, Siwana Block, Barmer, Rajasthan
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of being able to enroll myself in the course…this program has opened my eyes to possibilities for my life which were previously unconsidered

    Tripti Vinita Pal, Alumnus
    Appreciation course
  • I am a third party facilitator for three large institutions but I did not know half the things we have discussed in the Third Party Facilitator Training I attended organized by PRIA

    Rajlakshmi
    Joint Secretary of Lakshmi, an NGO
    Lucknow
  • Participatory Approaches for Social Inclusion course was undoubtedly beneficial for my research work, providing a deep understanding of theoretical aspects and the applied side of participation

    Pallavi Mishra
    PhD Research Scholar
    Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • We learnt multi-stakeholder dialogue as a tool for advocacy from PRIA…it is a wonderful tool for organising people

    Ashok Kadam
    Parivartan
    Maharashtra
  • I am an example of the Kishori Panchayat Programme which gave young girls the desire to do something, a reason to embrace life

    Kavita
    Kishori Panchayat Member
    Bihar