Asset planning for environmental health in the communities of Avvai Nagar and Udayar Thoppu, Puducherry, India

Asset planning for environmental health in the communities of Avvai Nagar and Udayar Thoppu, Puducherry, India

  • Author
    Guy Attewell, Célina Jauzelon, N. Ganeshan
  • Publisher
    Institut Français de Pondichéry / Centre de Sciences Humaines
  • Year :
    2012
  • Pages :
    49 p.
  • Series
    USR 3330 “Savoirs et Mondes Indiens” Working papers series n°5
  • Price :
    (Not for sale). Available online at http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00779301
  • ISBN :

The purpose of this study, conducted in coordination with Manchester University, was to test a participatory planning methodology (Urban Asset Planning) in two ‘slum’ settlements of Puducherry through a focus on health and the lived environment. The study had three main objectives: to explore how people understood the relationships between their well-being and their living conditions; to ascertain relevant agencies and institutions; to enable locality-specific solutions through interactions with the communities and governmental and non-governmental agencies. The study found that there is a multifaceted and continuous erosion of people’s health and well-being; people have developed strategies to deal with issues in their immediate lived environment; there is significant differentiation in the patterns of problems, strategies, help-seeking behaviour and access to services among inhabitants of these settlements.

participatory planning, urban poor, urban development, urban health, environment

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