Under, Strengthening Civil Society voices on urban poverty, PRIA has initiated an awareness drive in Jaipur. The team is supporting the slum dwellers to obtain relevant information, avail their basic rights and voice their opinion. One of the cases has been in Baiji Ki Kothi slum in Jhalana Doongari area in Jaipur, where with mobilization from PRIA, over 30 women came together to protest against the “humiliation” they were facing while trying to get their basic rights. These women have been denied their widow and old age pension benefits and are also objecting about glaring deficiencies in the maintenance of health and hygiene standards.
Read more at: http://terraurban.wordpress.com/
Participatory Research in Asia along with Swayam Sevi Sanstha-Youth Mission have been working for the cause of the urban poor in Bihar. Recently a consultation was organized in regards to the ‘Slum Listing’ exercise that the organisations had undertaken for various cities in Bihar, namely – Patna, Muzafarpur, Bihar Shariff, Chapra and Bodh Gaya. One of the aims of this listing process was to ‘recognize’ various urban poor settlements and decipher that ‘state of affairs’ in them across these cities.
Read about the findings of the consultations and the revelation of how the Bihar State Policy though formulated in 2011 is yet to show the results on ground at http://terraurban.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/slum-policy-implementation-gaps-in-bihar/
With the intention of strengthening civil society voices on urban poverty in Kerala, Sahayi in collaboration with PRIA, New Delhi and SPARC, Mumbai has initiated a promotional and facilitative role in Kerala. . As first step of its intervention, Sahayi organized a city level consultation on urban poverty in Kollam Corporation on May 26, 2012 and 76 participants participated in the programme and a state level consultation at Thiruvanthapuram on the 28th of May with 30 participants. Read more about the consultations at http://terraurban.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/state-and-city-level-consultations-on-urban-poverty-kerala-by-sahayi-pria-and-sparc-may-2012/
The urban poor need to be accorded the highest priority in the planning process for cities and the civil society’s role should be strengthened in resolving the issues of urban poverty with the emphasis on community participation in the initiatives for housing, livelihood generation, expansion of civic amenities and conversion of slums into modern colonies....Read More
Slum dwellers face discrimination in the decision making process also. Not only are they treated as insignificant stakeholders in the decision making and planning process; their knowledge and suggestions on the local issues are not recognized. There is a need to realize that community engagement is a vital component for success of many different programmes and schemes. If given an opportunity, slum dwellers can come up with most cost effective and simplistic solutions to their complex problems.
Read PRIA’s interface with Slum Dwellers in Bihar Sharif that highlights their capacity to plan at http://terraurban.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/prias-interface-with-slum-dwellers-in-bihar-sharif-highlights-their-capacity-to-plan-2/
In the year of 2005-2006 Raipur, Municipal Corporation had enlisted the various slums in its jurisdiction, their population and locations under JNNURM. According to that list, the total number of slums in Raipur was 282.Thereafter, as result of the implementation of various central...Read More
According to estimates of Census of India 2001, only 0.25 percent of the total population resides in the slums of Patna, but to its contrary, CDP of Patna which was prepared in July 2006 estimates that 63.5 percent of Patna’s population resides in slums...Read More
Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) and Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centre (SPARC) have come together to initiate effort based on the experiences that each has had in addressing the issues of urban poverty. PRIA has promoted the participation of the poor in designing and implementing their own development for ...Read More
It has been estimated that within a generation, majority of the developing world will live in urban areas, and that the number of urban residents in developing countries will double, increasing by over 2 billion inhabitants (World Bank 2000). India is no exception. Nearly 50 per cent of the population or around 600 million people may be resident in urban areas by 2020, our towns...Read More