Slums are hubs of hope, progress and dignity – Swaminomics

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TerraUrban recently shared the results of the new report showing that 64 million people, representing one in six urban residents, live in slums with unsanitary conditions “unfit for human habilitation” by the Census Commissioner. Today’s writing of Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar in The Times of India, questions this notion of slums – still being seen as “unfit for human habilitation”. […]

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Self- Regularisation by an Informal Settlement Community

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An incredible story in unfolding in Moeggesukkel informal settlement in Port Elizabeth. Read this account on how a community initiated a self-regularisation process with zero external help. At the end of 2012, the community started mapping out the existing layout of their settlement and started allocating lots to individual households. With very little professional or […]

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The broom-makers who could not get their neighbourhood cleaned: a metaphor of urban poverty in Muzzafarpur

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By Abhishek Jha & Hugo Ribadeau Dumas, PRIA At first sight, Aghoray Bazar does not appear as a particularly outstanding place. Located in the heart of Muzzafarpur, the neighbourhood looks from outside just as any other Indian slum. The community lives in shabby dwellings, public services are very scarce (1 water tap is available for […]

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Report on Housing Stock, Amenities and Assets in Slums

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Report on Housing Stock, Amenities and Assets in Slums Based on House listing & House Census 2011 Released  Shri Ajay Maken, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation released the report on  Housing stock, Amenities and Assets in slums based on Houselisting & House Census, 2011. On the occasion Shri Maken urged the states and other stakeholders to change their attitude towards urban poor […]

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Platform of Interface of service providers and community!

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PRIA-Bihar In India and in Bihar, the urban poor are theoretically entitled to a certain amount of social security schemes. Pensions (for widows, physically-challenged citizens, students, etc…), training programs, and even infrastructural assistance are supposed to be provided by the government to answer the urgent needs of these highly marginalized populations. However, despite this legal […]

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Community can influence Policy Changes!

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PRIA- Jaipur Recently on Terra Urban you read about the intense advocacy by PRIA in Rajasthan regarding the rights of slum dwellers. While discussing the plight of widows and old women in availing pension schemes with Mr. Pratap Singh Khachariawas, MLA, Civil Lines, Jaipur, community members together with PRIA expressed how the irrational condition of […]

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Schemes for Urban Poor- ‘one point information’

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by Anshu Singh and Suman Bhanoo, PRIA The biggest dilemma  of the urban poor in availing their rights, is not knowing how to! Even though for private players government makes quick ‘single window clearance mechanism’, the same doesn’t happen for the poor. The urban poor does not even have a cumulative access to the applicable schemes for them! PRIA has embarked on a […]

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‘Adhikar’ Rally – Whose ‘Adhikar’ is it anyway!

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By Abhishek Jha and Amitabh Bhushan, PRIA 15th of March 2013 Chief Minister of Bihar was in New Delhi to demand from the center a Special State Status (SSS) for Bihar. Indeed the Govt. of Bihar argues that the state needs exceptional funds to catch up in terms of development with rest of the nation.  Four […]

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Finally, Their Voices Were Heard!

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By Anshu Singh, PRIA JP Colony in Vidyadhar Nagar Zone of Jaipur has three sections viz. JP Colony 1, JP Colony 2 and JP Colony 3. Out of these JP Colony 1 has one slum which was inhabited in the year 1981 after floods of Jaipur. At present 450 families reside in the slum majority […]

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In unity there is strength: Initiatives taken by slum dwellers made their life easy

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By Anshu Singh, PRIA Ambedkar Kachchi Basti is located in Malviya Nagar which is one of the most affluent areas of South Jaipur. This slum is located near Satkar shopping centre and surrounded by Multi-storied buildings from all sides. It was formed in the year 1978 when around 40 families inhabited this place for labour […]

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