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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Real Estate Regulation Bill : reserve housing for the urban poor- a far off reality?!

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The Real Estate Regulation Bill, which aims to establish a regulatory authority for the realty sector, is likely to be tabled in the upcoming Winter session of Parliament, Union Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Ajay Maken said. The draft legislation, pending since 2009, aims to establish a regulatory authority for the realty sector, ensure sale of […]

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One Step at a time… towards a leap for Change

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By Nidhi Batra, PRIA Urban poverty is an issue which is so complex and intimidating that the government, social activist and even the community themselves are unable to address it in totality. However, it is important to continue to take small steps towards an equity based development of our urban towns and cities and responsibility […]

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How street vendors and urban planners can work together?! – National Policy on Urban Street Vendors

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Sally Roever shows how an inclusive attitude towards street vendors and an understanding of how they fit into the urban economy and streetscape has improved livelihoods dramatically in Bhubaneswar and Durban. Below are the few excerpts of the article. Catch the entire article at http://globalurbanist.com/2012/11/13/vendors-planners-work-together ———————————————————————————————————————————————— Street vending has persisted for centuries all over the world, despite […]

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Tangles of undelivered JNNURM housing – Shimla

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Shared by Anshuman Carol, PRIA Municipal Corporations under JNNURM are to provide for social housing for the poor, but most often than not we are seeing examples of incapability of the local governments to provide for the same. Reasons are many such as not enough financial capability, not enough technical know-how, not enough hand holding […]

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Voyage of Livelihood Development ‘A tale of two slums’

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Shared by Amitabh Bhushan and Abhishek Jha, PRIA It has been widely accepted fact that cities play a pivotal role in the economic growth of a country and consequently they are considered as the engines of economic growth which steers a country towards economic prosperity. However, at this point of time we need to spare a […]

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