Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto, Democratizing Sustainability!

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As a black person in America, I am twice as likely as a white person to live in an area where air pollution poses the greatest risk to my health. I am five times more likely to live within walking distance of a power plant or chemical facility — which I do.” (Majora Carter) In an […]

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2012 in review: How democracy is forcing itself onto the global urban agenda

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The Global Urbanist Kerwin Datu and Naik Lashermes of Global Urbanist trace the trends and the challenges that our cities have faced in 2012 in their recent article that can be read at : http://globalurbanist.com/2012/12/24/2012-in-review The article questions the larger theme that has emerged tracing the urban development scenario:  how to manage and improve our cities without […]

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“Resilient Cities- Experiences from ACCCRN in Asia and Beyond”

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The theme of cities and climate change is gaining momentum all over the world as the cities increasingly start experiencing the impacts of climate variability and change. In Asia, The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network – A 7 year duration initiative was conceived and launched by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2008. ACCCRN aims to […]

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Hoping against hope- BSUP/JNNURM a failed promise!

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On TerraUrban (Kya Hua Tera Wada, Pro-poor governing climate ) you read about the only ‘in-situ’ slum upgradation project initiated by Raipur Municipal Corporation which still hasn’t resulted in any provision of housing for the displaced. Read the recent article by Jyotindra Prasad traces the plight of 5000 residents of Telibandha locality in Raipur who have been […]

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Seven Propositions and One Challenge from Ejipura

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By Gautam Bhan, published in Kafila The recent eviction of over 1500 Economically Weaker Section (EWS) households from Ejipura in Bangalore to make way for a high-end mixed-use development has made Gautam question this eviction and raise seven quick propositions on how to understand these evictions, how to respond in the immediate and near-term. The propositions he highlights are: […]

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Unclear Responsibilities for RAY Implementation Put Bilaspur Slum-Dwellers in a Difficult Position

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By Eric Kasper and Deepika Pandey As noted in previous blog posts Slum Dwellers Disenchanted With Government Schemes , One Step at a time, and Information gap and disillusion as barriers , PRIA is working with other grassroots NGOs to help organize slum dwellers in 2 cities of Chhattisgarh – Bilaspur and Raipur – along […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Demolition of EWS quarters and the Eviction of Residents

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Saturday, January 19, 2013, Bangalore Issued by: People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), People’s DemocraticForum (PDF) & Concern – Bangalore The BBMP today began demolition of homes and evicting residents from theEWS quarters at Ejipura.  During the process of demolition and evictionprotestors were lathi charged, physically dragged by the police andarrested – all of them […]

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Slum Federation- Voice for Rights

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By Suman Bhanoo, PRIA Rapidly growing slums in cities are the key challenges of urbanization. They are posing difficult social, environmental and economic problems. No doubt in developing countries, urbanization is narrowing the gap between people living in the country’s rural and urban area. But simultaneously it’s creating lots of havoc in city administration, management […]

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Dignity by Design: Tool of Social Urbanism

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This article traces the exemplar strategy of Social Urbanism in Medellin working towards and inclusive society. By Nidhi Batra More often than not, we associate poverty with crime, violence, hidden, the ‘other’ and the untouchable. We hope for an inclusive society but are unable to integrate the societal halves that even translate the divide in […]

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Power of Unity and Collectivisation- towards Urban Poverty Alleviation

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It is easier to break one stick but difficult to break a tied bundle. This has been the eternal lesson of unity that we have learned over and over again. Unity plays a major role in urban poverty alleviation and the efforts of PRIA and its partner Chetna in the slums of Chhattisgarh is exhibiting […]

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