taken. In case of non-existenceof such association new oneswill be established throughlocal communities, particularlyin the slum areas and otherlow-income localities.
A common governance codewill be established for theirfunctioning in the context of acity-based federation whichwill enable the institutional-ized participation of the civilsociety representatives, supplyside stakeholders like city-based elected representatives,officers of the Gwalior Munici-pal Corporation will be mobi-lized as members of the Plat-form. Similar consolidation ofrepresentation of other con-sumer groups like the industry,commercial establishments,hospitals etc. will be under-taken for their participation inthe Multi Stakeholder Platform.UN-HABITAT will support se-lected activities related to capac-ity building / public awarenessprogrammes, and publication ofmonthly newsletter in local lan-guage so as to create greaterawareness among the stake-holders. Several activities will beundertaken such as creation ofResidence Welfare Associations,particularly in slums, preparationof IEC materials, orientationprogramme for RWA representa-tives etc. The project will beimplemented over a period of12 months.UN-HABITAT partners withGwalior Municipal Corporationfor implementing a project toestablish the Multi-StakeholderPlatform (MSP) for water de-mand management through mo-bilisation, awareness campaignand capacity building of themembers of the community inGwalior under Water for AsianCities Programme.The project is to be implementedfor the entire Gwalior city inMadhya Pradesh. The mainobjectives of the project are:
to identify and organize thevarious categories of stake-holders of Gwalior city intoResident Welfare Associationsand a federated structurethrough their respective repre-sentatives for participating inthe Multi Stakeholder Platform.
to mobilise various stake-holders of Gwalior city for agreater articulation and spacefor the ‘collective’ and‘institutionalized’ voice of thepoor/slum dwellers of the city,who are typically marginal-ized from the governance ofcity’s water supply and plan-ning decisions.The demand for safe drinkingwater is more than the supply inwhich the poor are deprived ofthe available services. A multi-stakeholder dialogue processcould contribute significantly tothe emergence of least conten-tious solutions to the mismatchbetween supply and demandthrough suggestions that entailextensive use of water in urbanconstituencies. However, thisneeds to be encouraged by suit-able policy framework and insti-tuting measures like graduatedwater pricing for domestic usersin urban areas, securing theessential livelihood water needsof the poor women and men asa priority, use of local rain waterharvesting techniques, wastewater recycling for relievingpressure on demand side etc.The main stakeholders compriseof domestic consumers of differ-entiated income categories;commercial establishments; in-dustrial establishments; Govern-ment organizations; service or-ganizations; public places, deliv-ery of water service organiza-tions, etc. that are spread overacross the Gwalior city. Theactivities will focus on:
Area and category wise con-solidation of the data onstakeholders and their actualorganization for representa-tion of their voice at the MSP.This social mobilization willbe implemented through seriesof public meetings separatelyfor homogenous groups ofstakeholders
Consolidation of the existingResident Welfare Associations(RWAs) within the municipallimits of city will be under-
Multi Stakeholder Platform for WDM in Gwalior
January - February 2007Volume III, Issue 1
The Right to Water
The United Nations af-firmed the right of water on26 November 2002, not-ing that such a right is‘indispensable for leadinga life in human dignity’ &‘a prerequisite for the reali-zation of other humanrights’. Through its GeneralComment 15, the Commit-tee on Economic, Social &Cultural Rights of the UnitedNations Economic & SocialCouncil stated: ‘the humanright to water entitles every-one to sufficient, safe, ac-ceptable, physically acces-sible and affordable waterfor personal & domesticuses’. While the right towater has been implicit inthe rights to health, hous-ing, food, life and dignityalready enshrined in otherinternational conventions,such as the International Billof Human Rights & theConvention on the Rights ofthe Child, General Com-ment 15 is the first to focusexplicitly on the right towater and the responsibili-ties that governments havein delivering clean water &adequate sanitation ser-vices to all.
Inside this issue:
WDM Initiatives inNanjing, PR China
Central Region SmallTowns Project in Vietnam
NCRWSS Project in Laos
State LFHD in MP, India
Ministers’ visit to HVWSHEClassrooms in Gwalior
Recommendations of MTFon WATSAN
A Bi-monthly Newsletter of the Water for Asian Cities (WAC) Programme