National Consultation on Urban Poverty Issues, Challenges and Opportunities – 20 – 21 June 2013, Delhi

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PRIA Undoubtedly we all are participants of the urbanising India which is growing in massive scale and pace and is developing to be the main contributor towards India’s GDP. However, the unpleasant dimension of this phenomenon is the ‘urbanisation of poverty’ hitting our cities and developing small and medium towns. Poverty has become synonym with […]

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Governing Conflict of Interest

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On spurt of corruption cases and situations wherein the professional ability of the decision-maker to take an independent and objective decision in the larger public interest entrusted is likely to be seriously compromised due to competing interests of the decision-makers. And situations where appointing relatives and friends to positions of influence and power is a commonplace […]

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Initiatives of Youth for giving an identity to their slum

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By Anshu Singh, PRIA-Jaipur A slum located in the land of Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO) lies in the Motidungri Zone of Ward No. 35 within Malviya Nagar Industrial Area of Jaipur. The slum is surrounded by factories all around. In the year 1989 Government of Rajasthan allotted the land to RIICO. […]

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Urban Poor Housing scheme fails in reality- Imphal

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Source: Hueiyen News Service Imphal, May 24 2013 : In stark contrast to the award and recognition given to the State by Central Government for successful implementation of Urban Housing Scheme under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewable Mission (JNNURM), the beneficiaries have not fully received the housing grant and they are now unable to complete their houses. […]

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‘Middle Cities’ – Are we forgetting to nurture the engines of our future growth?

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Cross-posted from IDS Vulnerability and Poverty blog By Jaideep Gupte With the world now mostly urban, nearly 60% of our global GDP is generated in only 600 urban centres. Moreover, large urban centres are quite simply the places where growth has been occurring – this is a function of concentrated economic activity. But this story is really […]

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Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Urban Poverty- Jaipur

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Shared by Anshu Singh, PRIA Under, ‘Strengthening Civil Society Voices on Urban Poverty’, PRIA, initiated an awareness drive in Jaipur. The team is supporting the slum dwellers to obtain relevant information, avail their basic rights and voice their opinion. In Jaipur, it is working in 10 slums for the improvement and upliftment of slum dwellers to […]

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Multi-Stakeholder Consultation around urban poverty- Bodhgaya, Bihar

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The Buddhist pilgrim town of Bodhgaya caters to large international and domestic tourist, but also houses about 19 slums, holding about 8-10% of the total population of the town in these pockets of urban poverty. Unfortunately, these pockets of the urban poor have not found enough voice in the larger governance of the town and […]

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Poverty reduction lesson for India in Nepal

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By Saira Kurup, Times of India For lessons in poverty alleviation, India should turn to its poorer neighbours. An Oxford University study of 22 countries, released this week, has found Nepal and Bangladesh to be among the top three nations, along with Rwanda, that have reduced poverty in absolute terms. The study, ‘How multidimensional poverty went down: […]

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Urban Street Vendor Bill: Possibilities and Lacunae

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By Alok Pandey and Suman Bhanoo, PRIA Street vendors form a very important section of the informal sector in the country.  As per National Policy on Urban Street Vendors, 2009, it is estimated that in several cities street vendors count for about 2 per cent of the population. Street vending is not only important source of […]

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When slum dwellers are heard! – City level urban poverty consultation at Raipur

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Society for Participatory Research in Asia(PRIA) and Chetna Child and Women Welfare Society have been working together in 7 slums of Raipur towards increasing the participation of the slum dwellers in various urban poverty schemes and increasing the accountability of the service providers towards the needs and rights of these slum communities. In this process […]

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