Background and objectives:
Historically, slums and squatters were not considered a major urban development issue in Nepal, because the percentage of urban population living in such settlements was low. However, due to their unprecedented growth in recent years and especially since early 1990s, urban informal settlements started to become an important urban development issue. The Government of Nepal adopted the Habitat Agenda, and is fully committed to the goal of “Shelter for All” and the achievement of the MDGs. The objective of the activity was to prepare a grant proposal for submission to Cities Alliance, for developing slum upgrading strategies and investment programme in Nepal.Activities:
The main activities included:
- Conduct consultations with the key government agencies (national and local), stakeholders and donors
- Provide a brief overview of the slum and squatter upgrading issues and their magnitude in the country and trends, and the lessons learned from the development initiatives and previous efforts
- Conduct consultations for the selection of municipalities where the initial technical assistance can be provided for testing out the implementation of slum upgrading strategies and related delivery mechanisms
- Hold consultation with donors to map/identify their current and future activities in order to coordinate these to develop a “partnership strategy”, including identification of co-sponsors;
- Develop a grant proposal for Cities Alliance funding on “slum upgrading strategies and investment program in Nepal; and
- Draft the necessary ToRs.
The results achieved were:
- A grant proposal to the Cities Alliance on “Slum Upgrading Strategies and Investment Program in Nepal” prepared.
- Draft TORs for the proposed technical assistance.