Source: Almansi F, Hardoy A, Hardoy J. (2010 forthcoming) .
Box 9Mobilizing Resources: Niagara Prosperity Initiatives
The Niagara Region of Canada encompasses twelve municipal governments and 74 distinct neighbourhoods, with a population of 427,000 people. The Regional Council took advantage of cost savings of $1.5m per year to make investments towards increasing prosperity for Niagara families living in poverty.
Community Services staff established an alliance with the Business Education Council to guide strategic investment and ensure capacity building in order to address the broader determinants of health, decrease poverty and mitigate the negative effects of low income on children and youth . Each of Niagara’s neighborhoods developed profiles to guide the prioritization of interventions. Seven key indicators were provided for each neighbourhood; indicators were assessed as “in need of attention” if they were below the average for the municipality. A Request for Proposals resulted in 45 submissions which were received from 25 agencies across Niagara. Proposals were evaluated based on their appropriate response to one of the four recommendations in the “Legacy of Poverty” report and how projects would increase prosperity in the neighbourhoods identified as in need of attention. A total of 34 projects delivered by 20 agencies across Niagara were approved for funding. To date $2,038,358 has been invested in 2008 and 2009. While it is too early to determine the impact, the indicators will allow for tracking of the interventions over time.
Source: Niagara Prosperity Initiatives Advisory Committee (2009)
Box 10The Comites Comunales de Proteccion Civil in Acajutla, El Salvador: Governance innovations for equitable, sustainable development from below
In Acajutla city, El Salvador, 16 vulnerable communities - four of these slums affected by deep poverty, constant floods and youth gangs - organized their own Comites Comunales de