This paper describes the work of the NGO SPARC and its grass roots partners in Mumbai (together known as the Alliance), with particular reference to the implications of their work for children and child-focused organizations. Although the Alliance does not specifically target children, its efforts to find the most practical solutions to the
problems of urban poverty often involve close attention to children’s needs. A particular example is described: the community toilet blocks developed in Mumbai and other Indian cities that include special toilets for young children. By ensuring that the particular needs of the youngest community members are met, this component ensures that the toilet blocks work better for everyone. The paper suggests that
responding to children within the context of more general community-led development efforts may result in more effective, grounded and enduring solutions than those achieved through separate projects for children.
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Title: An alternative model for responding to children in poverty: the work of the Alliance in Mumbai and other cities
Author(s): Sheridan Bartlett
Publication Date: 2005
Publisher: Children, Youth and Environments