Making 24 slums under Bhubaneswar Town Centre District (BTCD) area in Bhubaneswar ODF.

Total number of slums – 24
Total number of households – around 5700

  • Creating Open Defecation Free Slums in BTCD areas followed by close monitoring of the community over a period of six months.
  • Institutional strengthening and capacity building of stakeholders at all levels and municipality service providers including elected leaders, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) at grass-root levels etc.

Key Lessons Learnt

Key aspects of Mobilization
  • One champion at the city level makes a difference. A champion breeds more champions.
  • Developing and nurturing second layer of leadership is critical for institutional sustainability. Institutionalization of natural leaders in the form of Nigrani Committee (monitoring team) is the key to sustain behaviour change.
  • The process of triggering helps the community come together for collective action. The development activities for triggered communities should be prioritized based on the demands from the community.
  • The natural leaders that emerge from triggering become instrumental in addressing several sanitation issues and development needs.