Jaipur Slum Memoirs – Ignored rights of slum dwellers

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Prakash Kumar Pathak from PRIA visited some of the slums in Jaipur where PRIA and her partners are doing extensive community strengthening programmes on urban poverty issues. Prakash took this opportunity to reflect upon the grave situations that these localities are struck with and also to reflect upon the contribution of PRIA and the partners. […]

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Shelter Associates: Inclusive approach to urban planning

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Cities Alliance shared the following link and had this to say about it: Cities Alliance partner, Shelter Associates in Pune, India, has created a short video (8 mins) on inclusive approaches for citywide planning for the urban poor using a current housing project in Sangli as a case study. Take a look today! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esXHP-Mu0eY&list=HL1355135396&feature=mh_lolzhttp://www.youtube.com/wa… 0 votes

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Six Lessons of community participation in Slums

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In an article by Michael Hooper – The complexity of participation: learning from slum dweller mobilisation in Dar es Salaam, he provides six practical lessons for implementing a participation programme that recognises the differences between residents and makes all their voices count, based on research in Dar es Salaam Before the eviction, the main mobilisation […]

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Voice for the urban poor and their right to basic services – Patna

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To raise a voice for the urban poor is a continuous process and PRIA is undertaking that process! A state level consultation was held in Patna, Bihar earlier this month with participants from civil society, government officials, formulated slum improvement committees and media professional. On 8 the December, the local paper – Jagran covered main […]

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Knowledge versus Bulldozers! Voice against forced eviction!

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The ignorance of the vulnerable has always been exploited by the powerful, urban poor in the city have always been in the clangs of the rich, the governance and the society at large. One such incident was seen in the slum community of Ketari (sugarcane) Mohalla of Ward No 21 in Patna.   On 24th […]

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Village in the City – new slums? -China’s and India’s approach

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By Nidhi Batra, PRIA Urbanisation is a continuous process which involves expansion of the urban areas and also rural-urban migration. It is often assumed that the cause of urban poverty in Indian cities is the rural to urban migration. Instead as proved my many reports and studies, it is the growth of urban areas and […]

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Dynamics of Participation!

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By Nidhi Batra, PRIA In an interesting research study by Jacob Perten on The Successes and Shortcomings of Participatory Slum-Upgrading In Villa 31, I learnt interesting dynamics of ‘Participatory practices in context to Urban Poverty’as shared below: What is participation in Slum upgrading plans? One of the primary lessons learned from past slum-upgrading efforts is […]

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Encouraging participation of slum dwellers in Nagar Swaraj Abhiyan-Raipur

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PRIA in 10 slums of Raipur has initiated ‘Slum Improvement Committee‘ that represent each of these slums and comprises at least 6 representatives from that slum itself. The committees are being encouraged and provided necessary hand holding such that the representatives can initiate a positive dialogue with the governing bodies regarding various issues affecting their slum community. One such effort […]

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State level consultation on Strengthening Civil Society Voices on Urban Poverty West Bengal, 8th November, 2012

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Shared by SPARC CINI in collaboration with PRIA and SPARC organized a consultation in Calcutta where participants from diverse fields,  government officials, NGOs, academicians, consultants and community members were invited to share there experiences and bring a diverse perspective on the issues and problems of Urban Poverty. Speakers included Manoj Rai, Director PRIA said that […]

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Slum Dwellers Disenchanted With Government Schemes But Ready to Organize

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By Eric Kasper and Deepika Pandey, PRIA Many of the people inhabiting slums in India are illiterate, but that doesn’t mean they can’t understand what’s happening around them, and like you, they know when they’re being duped. In the slum of Tarun Nagar, in Raipur’s Kalimata ward (ward 30), PRIA encountered a strong reaction when […]

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