Achievers News: The Mukhya Mantri Karma Tatpara Abhiyan (MUKTA) initiative of the Odisha government has made it to the top five finalists for the 2021-2022 WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities. The World Resources Institute announced five projects as finalists at the 11th World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland, on Wednesday.
“During India’s COVID-19 lockdown, the Department of Housing and Urban Development of the Government of Odisha State pioneered an innovative mass employment scheme in cities for migrants, informal workers and the urban poor that created climate-sensitive infrastructure and has now been replicated by other Indian states at a massive scale,” stated the World Resources Institute while announcing the Urban Wage Employment Initiative – MUKTA – as one of the finalists.
The Prize for Cities is WRI’s urban transformation award, recognizing the leaders creating more sustainable and inclusive cities worldwide. This cycle’s theme, “Thriving Together in Turbulent Times,” invited submissions demonstrating how cities are responding to uncertainty, disruption and crisis. With 260 applications from 155 cities in 65 countries, the applicant pool demonstrates enormous drive, commitment and creativity in responding to an increasingly tumultuous world.
Through the Prize, WRI seeks to inspire urban changemakers across the globe by elevating trailblazing initiatives, telling impactful stories of sustainable urban transformation, and creating a network of changemakers.