Slum Mechanics!

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What are slums? Since it first appeared in the 1820s, the word slum has been used to identify the poorest quality housing, and the most unsanitary conditions; a refuge for marginal activities including crime, ‘vice’ and drug abuse; a likely source for many epidemics that ravaged urban areas; a place apart from all that was […]

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Learning from Shack Dwellers International model: Slum-dweller power

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Rio de Janeiro – Seven years after the Zimbabwean government tried to wipe out informal urban settlements in a campaign known as Operation Murambatsvina (“getting rid of the filth”), the scales have tipped in favour of the homeless, who are helping the capital city, Harare, develop a protocol to upgrade their living spaces. “The government is […]

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India, Botswana to collaborate on slum redevelopment

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The Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Botswana, Mokgwetsi Masisi (extreme left) calls on the Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Kumari Selja (extreme right)  India and Botswana have agreed to actively team up and share experiences in the area of human settlements, including slum development. The decision was taken at a meeting […]

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State, markets and civil society have failed migrant workers

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India’s growth story rides on the distress migration of the poor and yet this large and growing segment of our population is completely overlooked, says Rajiv Khandelwal, founder of Aajeevika Bureau. In this interview Khandelwal suggests a possible course of civil society action and state policy for migrant workersRajiv Khandelwal is the founder and director […]

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Cluster development: more necessary after FSI land grants to private hotels

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By SPARC In today’s Hindustan Times, Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan announced that the government is looking into cluster development as a way to rehabilitate Mumbai slum-dwellers.  In the article Chavan expressed his fears at being able to accommodate all 14.5 lakh hutments of slumdwellers in the cluster plans, even if they manage to build housing projects […]

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Mapping Toilets in a Mumbai Slum Yields Unexpected Results!!!-Advocacy Tool

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Source: http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/india-cheeta-camp-slums-sanitation-toilets-harvard-public-health-mapping Dozen students from the Harvard School of Public Health  traveled to Mumbai in January to research life in the city’s slums. The mishmash of variables in high density city life make urban public health one of the most pressing and yet least understood aspects of global health. This is especially true in Mumbai, with […]

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12,000 homes for poor in Jaipur

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Jaipur: One more housing scheme is all set to make the homes for poor in the city. After getting nod from a Supreme Court committee government has decided to launch the housing scheme for residents in Sanjay Nagar Bhatta Basti.The project worth Rs 425 crore will have 12,000 houses. A survey work was conducted for […]

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Potable Water Solutions for Slum-Dwellers!- Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai

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Water solutions for Slum Dwellers- in Mumbai Source: http://urbanpoverty.intellecap.com/?p=579 During the peak summer months, major Indian cities experience severe water shortages. The per-capita availability of waterhas fallen from 5,177 cubic meters in 1951 to 1,544 cubic meters in 2011. Despite the rainfall during the monsoon months, India has not done enough to conserve water for […]

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Learning through South-South Exchange: Urban Governance

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By Bhavita Vaishnava, PRIA  , Published in DVV international “South-South-Learning and Cooperation is about developing countries working together to find solutions to common development challenges.” This helps develop a sense of ownership of the development process. Partners are mostly at par with each other, and their relationship is free from any kind of dominance and power. […]

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Address of sanitation issues for the poor -SPARC’s Strategy

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SPARC’s Strategy for Community Toilet Block Construction and Maintenance  Due to the lack of availability of toilets in many communities and the dissatisfaction that communities feel towards toilets provided by municipal corporations, SPARC has launched its own community toilet block initiative in partnership with local communities.  SPARC believes that community toilet blocks are the best […]

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