“People-centric approach crucial in urban development”

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A ‘Right to the City’ Campaign was launched earlier this month in Delhi! Realising that half of the country’s population will call urban India home by 2025; The Right to the City campaign aims at making urban spaces more inclusive, keeping in mind the lakhs of migrants that move here from rural India every year. […]

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Re-wind. Recount. Reflect

Category: SLB Connect
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The SLB Connect survey is about to launch. It is right there now, at the edge of its beginning. The team involved at PRIA and WSP is ticking off things-to-do from its checklists– phones are being prepared, enumerators shortlisted, ward plans are being finalized, letters written, collaterals printed, the documentation is nearly final, and our […]

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India Entering into a New Era: WATSAN Survey through Mobile Phones

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As soon as you enter Jaipur or Jainagar you actually get a sense of culture rich city which was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a Kachwaha Rajput in 1727 after whose name the city was being actually named. In 1878 Prince of Wales had to visit Jaipur for some administrative reforms the city […]

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Citizen Feedback Surveys using SLB Connect, an Innovative Mobile Phone Based System

Category: SLB Connect
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PRIA is undertaking the SLB Connect project to help improve water and sanitation services in cities by mobilizing citizen participation and feedback. The survey seeks to collect information on the quality of water and sanitation services as experienced by citizens as users of the services. PRIA brings to SLB Connect its conviction in social accountability […]

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Collaborating the Urban-Poor and Non- Poor: Long way to go

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by Abhishek Jha, PRIA Bihar In the last few decades Urban Poverty has been emerging as a key developmental challenge for a developing economy like India. This has also been well established by the data provided by the most recent Census of India (2011). Undoubtedly many initiatives have been taken by the government and parastatal […]

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Congress launches 24-hour helpline for slumdwellers

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The Delhi Congress has decided to follow the do-or-die mantra of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi after he said on Thursday that he will stand in front of bulldozers if anyone tries to demolish slums without giving the slumdwellers their due. The party has launched a helpline for the slumdwellers who have been removed illegally or […]

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Smart Cities – Convergence of design and governance

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Renowned architect Rem Koolhaas recently spoke about Smart Cities and reflected on how more than ever do we need to converge the field of design with good governance! He argued against smart cites at a High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, on September 24, 2014. Summed up, Koolhaas argues that “by calling it […]

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Urban Age conference gives a wake up call to Delhi!

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Over 60 experts and policy-makers from 22 cities across 10 countries gathered here to explore the links between urban governance and the future development of cities at the 13th Urban Age conference that began on Friday. The experts compared Delhi’s urban dynamics to other Urban Age cities — London, Bogota, Lagos, Tokyo, New York, Istanbul […]

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Protest against Ward Committee and Area Sabha Act and Rules-Wed,26th Nov,10.30AM-1PM, Town Hall,Bengaluru

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by CIVIC, Bengaluru A CALL FOR PEOPLE’S GOVERNANCE IN KARNATAKA’S CITIES Protest against the KMC (Amdt.) Act and newly gazetted rules on Ward Committees & Area Sabhas led by respected Gandhian & Freedom Fighter Sri H. S. Doreswamy Venue: Town Hall, Bangalore Date & Time: Wednesday, 26th November 2014, 10:30 am – 1pm The 74th […]

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Higher, higher we will climb

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by Swathi Subramaniam, PRIA It is an uncommon sight to find a youth living in a high-rise building mingling and interacting with youth living in slums. On 13 November 2014, an attempt was made in B5 Bandhu Camp of VasantKunj, to bring together youth of community and youth of slum to talk to each other. […]

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