Empowerment to Demand!

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PRIA over the past two years has been working collectively with the urban poor community in the Slums of Raipur and facilitated the organisation of Slum Improvement Committees (SIC) as a representative body of the slum dwellers for their own community. These SICs are a tool of empowerment for the community and play a vital […]

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Amartya Sen: India’s dirty fighter

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In ‘An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions’ by Jean Dreze, Amartya Sen, two of India’s leading economists argue that despite strong economic development, there must be a greater understanding of inequalities in the country, especially in the lack of attention to the essential needs of the poor. The article : India’s Dirty Fighter, in  The […]

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Four Innovative Ways Mobile Phones Are Saving the Lives of the Urban Poor: Examples from Nairobi, Mumbai, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro

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In the developing world, mobile phones are both ubiquitous and relatively affordable. They are also a good investment, according to the Indian Institute of Management, facilitating communication with employers and helping users to network for employment. But mobile phones are also being put to work in more innovative ways that magnify their impact on the […]

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Snippets – National Consultation on Urban Poverty

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National consultation on Urban Poverty held at Delhi was a platform to discuss various issues, concerns and lacunae in the present addressal system towards urban poor in our country. catch some snippets of this consultation at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29M2cTAkI1Q&feature=youtu.be 0 votes

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Local Businesses and Slum Redevelopment

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Cross posted from Searchlight South Asia which is a monthly newsletter created by Intellecap for the Rockefeller Foundation to report trends in urban poverty in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan Slum redevelopment and rehabilitation projects are often in a state of deadlock: any significant change requires more resources and land. However, availing of more resources and land requires significant […]

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Re-think urban poverty, participatory municipal governance and role of civil society – highlights of National Urban Poverty Consultation!

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The National Level Consultation, held by PRIA and SPARC at New Delhi in June saw an active participation from speakers and attendees who together dealt with various issues of urban poverty in India. Some of the key highlights of the technical sessions of the consultation were: PRIA, with its action research and experiences in various […]

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More Urban Growth = Less Rural Poverty

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By: Benjamin de la Pena ,Source:  http://www.interaksyon.com Prof. Randy David’s recent column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer discusses why the poor move to cities. It is spot-on in its analysis of urban migration. In a nutshell, they are drawn by opportunity. People come to cities to earn more, to get an education, and to better their lives. Cities, […]

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Spending Patterns of Urban and Rural Poor

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Source: http://www.indiaspend.com/sectors/rich-poor-gap-widens-in-urban-rural-india-45473 Latest National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) survey report has highlighted some interesting facts about the rural-urban divide and spending characteristics of the two groups. Some of these are:  The median monthly per capita expenditure (MPCE) increased 33% in rural areas and 34% in urban areas between 2009-10 and 2011-12. While rural households are spending […]

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Poverty, geography and the double dilemma

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Re-posted from The Economist, by Andy Sumner, http://www.economist.com/blogs/feastandfamine/2013/06/aid-agencies-future?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/poverty_geography_and_the_double_dilemma_ IMAGINE a world without extreme poverty. The Economist did and in doing so joined others who have argued that extreme poverty – those who live on $1.25 a day or less – could be ended by 2030. Furthermore, as extreme poverty moves towards zero, the proportion of the world’s poorest in fragile states […]

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Powering Change for the Urban Poor: ‘Devils’ and Coin-Operated Electricity for Slum Dwellers

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Seventy-nine percent of people living in developing countries don’t have access to electricity (http://urb.im/c130107). Of those who do, many acquire it illegally, leading to financial, legal and safety issues. Sustainable, plentiful and affordable energy is a global issue, but it reaches even greater importance in the developing world, where the question of affordability is critical. Programs […]

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