Name of the initiative:

Addressing the Unaddressed

By: Addressing the Unaddressed Grass roots organizations
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Area of commitment: Social Cohesion and Equity - Livable Cities
Scope: National
Countries of implementation:
  • India
Cities of implementation:
  • Kolkata
Timeframe: 10 years
Commitment already existing: Yes
Starting month: 11/2016
Resources: 100k – 1M USD
Description: Addressing the Unaddressed (ATU) will provide free of charge geocoded postal addresses to slum dwellers in Kolkata India. (We are currently working in Kolkata and encouraging others to copy our methodology in other slums in India and in other countries.) [see]
Implementation modalities:
  • ·        Our staff (currently 5 permanent staff, a number of part time staff, 3 permanent volunteers and a number of part time volunteers)
  • ·        Local community leaders and political representatives
  • ·        Our technology (which is completely owned by us) and our methodology [this technology includes the algorithm to translate geo-coordinates into GO Codes, wesbites and mobile phone apps]
  • ·        Partner organisations such as banks, postal service provider, government departments, utility companies, other NGOs/charities
  • ·        Finance: funding of about €500,000 ($550,000/Rs 8,000,000)
Expected accomplishments: All dwellings in the urban slums in Kolkata will have postal addresses. Those people living there will be able to identify themselves more easily when applying for employment, bank account, healthcare, education, utilities and to exercise their franchise. Postal workers and other logistics suppliers will deliver directly to the postal address (rather than leaving post in a community centre or having to use a mobile phone and arrange a meeting point).

[The accomplishments above are already being experienced by the 15,000 dwellings (occupied by over 50,000 people) that we have already addressed.]
Deliverables: 1.4m people living in 350,000 dwellings in the urban slums in Kolkata will have each have a unique postal address.