Urban and Development Resource Centre (UDRC)
Orissa Slum Dwellers Federation (NSDF)
Mahila Milan (MM)
The Urban Development Resource Centre (UDRC) is a non-profit organization formed under Indian Trust Act 1882 that supports these grassroots organizations by providing administrative, financial, documentation and other support and linking them with formal institutions so as to influence pro-poor urban policy and programmes with demonstration of good governance practices. UDRC does not manage the CBOs, but serves as a platform and catalyst for a decentralized, bottom-up, women-led organizational processes, rather than a top-down manager.
The National/Orissa Slum Dwellers Federation (NSDF/OSDF/WBSDF) in Orissa and West Bengal mobilizes urban poor communities to explore development strategies and negotiate with city authorities.
Mahila Milan (“Women Together”) is a decentralized network of poor women’s collectives that works at the settlement level, managing savings and credit activities, slum surveys and housing and infrastructure projects.
NSDF and Mahila Milan have been active in Orissa since 1999 and in West Bengal since 2001. UDRC was established in 2008 by professionals who have worked with the federations and Mahila Milan since they began and felt the need for a new organizational structure to accommodate their agenda and process.
The Alliance in Orissa and West Bengal is part of the Indian Alliance of NSDF, Mahila Milan, and the Society of the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC), a Mumbai-based NGO that has supported NSDF and Mahila Milan across India since 1984. The Indian Alliance is active in 72 cities of 9 states and is an affiliate of Slum/Shack Dwellers International, a global network in 30 countries
Where We Work
The Orissa Alliance is active in 225 settlements in five cities in Orissa: Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Paradeep and Rourkela. There are about 9,000 members in 184 settlements under the Mahila Milan and OSDF fold, indirectly serving at least five times that many households through their work. Like wise West Bengal (WBSDF) is active in about 20 settlements with about 2000 members, working in Kolkata & Kona cities/towns of west Bengal