How Poverty Taxes the Brain

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Source: http://www.theatlanticcities.com esearchers publishing some groundbreaking findings today in the journalScience have concluded that poverty imposes such a massive cognitive load on the poor that they have little bandwidth left over to do many of the things that might lift them out of poverty – like go to night school, or search for a new job, or even remember […]

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Urbanflow Engine – A new tool for Participatory Planning

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Participatory planning is difficult because it involves stakeholders from varied backgrounds and technical skills. Therefore, engaging them, having an informed discussion and communication are a major problem. Urbanflow Engine (UFE )which is a decision-making and communication tool can be an answer to this! It helps professionals in city planning departments, non-profit organizations, and private consulting […]

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The truth about poverty numbers!

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Biswa Swarup Mishra writes about how the recent commentary both in the print and electronic media seems to be in denial of the decline of poverty ratio for India has from 45.3 per cent in 1993-94 to 21.9 per cent in 2011-12 and also provides us a look into how the poverty numbers are actually calculated! Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com […]

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BOARD GAME BREAKS POVERTY CYCLE FOR ILLITERATE WOMEN

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Source: http://designtoimprovelife.dk/laxmi/, LAXMI, INDEX: AWARD 2013 FINALIST How do you break the poverty cycle when you cannot even read or write your own name, let alone fill out a bank loan application? How do you find a way out of poverty when your illiteracy is standing in the way of all your dreams? Akshay Sharma has found […]

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Appreciation courses on Urban Poverty-PRIA

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PRIA (Society for Participatory Research In Asia), India and SPARC have designed & launched two new courses : Participatory Enumeration & Mapping and Participatory Urban Planning: Making Cities Inclusive of Urban Poor Appreciation course on Participatory Enumeration & Mapping  is designed to enable the student to learn about the practical methodology of conducting household surveys with the urban poor and […]

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Food – Not just for thought!

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Here are some thought provoking images from Kibera This is the practice of urban agriculture in the slums of Kibera. How often do we see similar garbage dumps in slums of India, yet there is still no drive to push for urban agriculture in our country. The world has taken up to the concept of […]

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EDUCATION FOR INCLUSIVE CITIES

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By Rajesh Tandon, Source:http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/education-for-inclusive-cities/ During the past decade, the most fascinating phenomenon of human demography has been massive migration of populations from rural to urban areas. This migration has been most prominent in the Asia-Pacific region where more than half a billion people have entered cities. More than half of the world population now lives in […]

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National Level Parliament March of Hawkers on 27th August’ 2013

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National Hawkers Federation is organizing National Level Parliament March of Hawkers on 27th August’ 2013 to submit the memorandum to Prime Minister, the Urban Minister and the Labour Minister. Strategically on 22nd August’ 2013 NHF will organise mass rallies of the hawkers of all the States and will submit memorandum to all the respective Governors of India. National Hawkers Federation is demanding for a […]

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NPDW fight for a comprehensive legislation

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A National Level Rally of Domestic Workers (NPDW) was held at Delhi,Jantar Mantar on 31st July 2013. Thousands of domestic workers from twelve different state;Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Pune, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, Odhisha, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Delhi came together to demand enactment of a comprehensive legislation. With exploitation of domestic workers at the hands of placement agencies […]

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What ensures successful delivery of services and participation?

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Working for the cause of Urban Poverty is loaded with paradoxes. Very often one hears the State raising its concern over the rightful benefit and participation by the urban poor community in the schemes meant for them. Situation is never black or white but has hidden greys. There are cases where the community refuses to […]

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