Tools and Strategies for Progress
Thousands of organizations and scores of skilled, experienced professionals are at work every day producing tools, strategies and insights designed to improve the lives of the poor. Some of the resources we have found most useful can be found here.
Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook [pdf]
This curriculum helps facilitators plan and initiate a specific training to empower women micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and sales agents in the household energy sector. The 6 day focuses on leadership, business skills and ongoing training to support women for entrepreneurs.
Source: Global Alliance For Clean CookstovesDownload This Resource
Group Savings and Loans: Micro Finance Programme, Field Officers’ Training Manual [doc]
A nuts-&-bolts “how-to” for savings and loans facilitators, developed by CARE-Kenya on the basis of its experience in the Nairobi slum of Kibera.
Source: CARE-KENYADownload This Resource
Curitiba: Designing a Sustainable City
An object lesson in leadership and the potential for reinvention, when a visionary mayor, in partnership with communities, the private and non-profit sectors, transformed a city ravaged by unchecked development, traffic, pollution, asphalt and lack of opportunity into a green, child-friendly city with a rapid-transit system that carries more passengers per day than New York.
Source: Environment and EcologyView This Resource
Guidance Notes on Services for the Urban Poor: A Practical Guide for Improving Water Supply and Sanitation Services
A peer-reviewed guide by seasoned experts aimed at project planners, service providers, community leaders and policymakers, about how to improve the delivery of safe water and sanitation to the urban poor.
Source: Water and Sanitation ProgramView This Resource
Streets as Tools for Urban Transformation in Slums: A Street-Led Approach to Citywide Slum Upgrading
A street-level approach to urban upgrading designed to improve accessibility, mobility and the flow of water, sewerage, energy, transport, economic activity and of the important social and cultural information that builds community.
Source: UN-HabitatView This Resource
Facilitator Guide - Village Savings and Loans Associations
A more in-depth document, giving background, context as well as training for Savings and Loans facilitators.
Source: International Rescue CommitteeView This Resource
Social Capital Credits: A Transformative Community Currency [pdf]
A how-to for creating a market that values and trades social capital credits for personal and community betterment.
Source: Asia Initiatives with WomenStrong InternationalDownload This Resource
Recultivating the Garden City of Kumasi
Thoughtful design proposals reconfiguring a marginalized, low-income Kumasi neighborhood as “an integrated, productive community,” featuring innovations applicable to other slum communities worldwide.
Source: Urban Design Lab, with The Millennium Cities Initiative and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and TechnologyView This Resource
An illustrated do-it-yourself manual for urban community upgrading, with specific instructions for the construction of modular housing, streetlights and micro-systems enabling household water filtration and market waste-to-energy production.
Source: Urban Design Lab, with The Millennium Cities InitiativeView This Resource