Urbanising India and Lacking Behind Governance!

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In a recent article on Terraurban, you read the debate of Urban and Rural Poverty at Urban poverty: its challenges and characteristics. With decentralisation celebrating a ‘two decade anniversary’, another interesting perspective is seen in this article on Mint: Panchayati raj: Failing the urbanization test, citing example of how inadequate are the present day municipalities […]

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Power of awareness and collectivisation against forced eviction-Patna

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PRIA-Patna More than 100 slum-dwellers facing threat of eviction without adequate compensation or rehabilitation gathered together and peacefully held a demonstration on 22nd April at Patna, urging the governing authorities to respond adequately to their plight. The slum dwellers were the affected residents of various slums abutting the Roopaspur Road in Patna, such as Prem […]

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Dissemination and Outreach through Media –Efforts of Slum Improvement Committees

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PRIA-Raipur Through facilitation and handholding by PRIA and Chetna Child and women welfare society, 7 Slums of Raipur over the last two years have been able to formulate ‘Slum Improvement Committee’ in their own slums which is a democratic body, selected by the slum dwellers themselves such that it represents the issues faced by the […]

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Knowledge is power – Certificate Courses at PRIA

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PRIA International Academy of Lifelong Learning (PIALL) is the academic wing within PRIA conducting educational programmes of human and social development. The primary clientele for PIALL courses is from the development sector—mid-career professionals; practitioners with strong field experience and informal learning; adult learners who want to develop an academic base to complement practical experience; young professionals […]

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Poverty of the Informal Sector – Consultation at PRIA

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India is a rising economic power, even as huge portions of its economy operate in the shadows. Its “formal” economy consists of businesses that pay taxes, adhere to labour regulations and burnish the country’s global image. India’s “informal” economy is everything else: the hundreds of millions of shopkeepers, farmers, construction workers, taxi drivers, street vendors, […]

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11th PASCAL International Observatory Conference in Hong Kong, 18-20 November 2013

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In the spirit of learning partnerships, the European Union Centre at RMIT is organising a conference in conjunction with PASCAL and in partnership with the host, Hong Kong Institute of Education, and with CITYNET,  the Society for Participatory Research in Action (PRIA), the Hong Kong United Nations Education and Vocational Training  Centre (UNEVOC), the Asia […]

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Exclusionary urbanization of India

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In an op-ed today in Hindustan Times , http://www.hindustantimes.com/ViewsSectionPage/ColumnsOthers/Is-the-glass-half-full-or-half-empty/Article1-1046670.aspx  , Amitab Kundu speaks of the exclusionary urbanization of India, a phenomenon well explicit with the census 2011 report recently published. The report cites that Slums have reported significant improvement in terms of access to basic amenities and possession of consumer assets, reducing thereby gaps between slum and non-slum areas over time […]

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Civil society seeks relief for Bawana slum dwellers

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The Hindu The Hindu recently revealed the plight and non-responsive governance and management of Delhi Government towards the slum dwellers of Bawana who were struck by a massive fire earlier this month. The Bawana Sangharsh Samiti (BSS) and the Hazards Centre alleged that the fire and the resultant damage it caused had become an occasion […]

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Voice of the urban poor – Chhapra

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PRIA-Bihar The urban poor community of Chhapra recently experienced a new strategy to raise their voice and defend their rights: the 10thof April 2013, slum-dwellers from ten localities had a public meeting directly on the pavement, in front one of the most emblematic landmarks of the city, ‘Municipal Chowk’. Meant to raise the attention of […]

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Urban poverty: its challenges and characteristics

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By Nidhi Batra Poverty has many dimensions ranging from Income poverty, Education and health poverty, Tenure security, Financial Insecurity, Personal insecurity and social and political exclusion or dis-empowerment Entrapped in all of the above dimensions, we know that urban poverty is an ‘issue’ that needs to be addressed. We also know that the development community […]

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