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Participatory Enumeration and Mapping

Starts on: 1 st & 15 th of every month | Duration:10 weeks | Registration open

Course Developers

Ms. Sheela Patel

Ms. Sheela Patel the founding Director of the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centre (SPARC) in Mumbai. She has been awarded with the prestigious David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership award for her work with the urban poor communities.

Dr. Rajesh Tandon

Dr. Rajesh Tandon, is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He founded the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a voluntary organization providing support to grassroots initiatives in South Asia, twenty-eight years ago, and continues to be its Chief Functionary since 1982.

Ms. Keya Kunte

Ms. Keya Kunte

Ms. Monali Waghmare

Ms. Monali Waghmare

About the Course Special Features Target_Audience Learning Outcomes Course Format


This course examines various approaches to enumeration and mapping of settlements in urban areas. The focus is on the urban poor and these exercises are conducted with the active participation of community members. The course provides the necessary tools to understand and carry out the process of community level surveys and household surveys, the backbone that ensures the inclusion of the people in the various steps of enumeration and mapping.

The course also details the transfer of the ownership of the process into the hands of the community, ensuring a thorough commitment in collecting precise and accurate data- lacking in most government processes of data collection.

Using the experiences of SPARC, a Mumbai based NGO, the various modules of this course discuss ways by which community-gathered data and other evidence can actually challenge processes of eviction carried on under the guise of development.


  • A one-of-a-kind innovative course, offered in a distance mode.
  • Prepared by experts, based on actual practice of participatory enumeration and mapping conducted in urban poor settlements in India and abroad.
  • Imparts practical knowledge of promoting participatory methodology in the specific area of enumeration and mapping
  • Demonstrates steps in using data from these exercises for advocacy in helping slum dwellers and urban poor acquire their basic rights.


Community organisers, students of urban planning and development, social workers, municipal officials, NGO staff, local service providing agencies, field staff of banks and financial institutions, professional urban planners and consultants, and young boys and girls from the urban slums and poor communities.


  • To gain insights on the challenges faced by the people in informal settlements, claiming their rights to services and amenities.
  • To learn processes and tools by which such populations can demonstrate to the authorities, their rights in being given access to basic resources.
  • To understand strategies to present data to local authorities and government departments,forcing them to accept the existence of such settlements in a city and provide them with services and other facilities.


  • 4 modules
  • Self-assessment test after each module
  • 2 videos in the course
  • Each module will have:
    1. Powerpoint presentation highlighting the content of the module
    2. Additional readings


Module 1: Introduction to Participatory Enumeration and Mapping

  • Understanding The Process
  • Issues Faced In Conventional Enumeration
  • Advantages Of Community Led Enumeration
  • Assessing Urban Poverty Data

Module 2: Process of Settlement Survey

  • Initiating the Process: The Motivation
  • The Survey
  • Case study

Module 3: Household Survey

  • Undertaking Surveys of Households
  • Challenges of Collecting Data and Overcoming the Obstacles or Impediments
  • Case Study: Pavement Dwellers- Struggle for survival

Module 4: How to Use Data

  • Building a community organizational process
  • Challenges of community driven enumeration process
  • Detailed case studies

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Appreciation Programmes
  Adult Education and Social Change
  Monitoring of Adult Education Programme
  Participatory Enumeration and Mapping
  Participatory Integrated District Planning
  Participatory Social Audit: A Tool for Social Accountability
  Participatory Urban Planning: Making Cities Inclusive of Urban Poor
  Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace
  Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership
Certificate Programmes
  International Dimensions of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
  Civil Society Building
  International Perspectives in Citizenship, Democracy and Accountability
  International Perspectives in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation
  International Perspectives in Participatory Research
  NGO Management Foundation Course
  Occupational Health and Safety: Legal and Operational Guide
  Understanding Gender in Society: Concepts and Trends
  Participatory Training Methodology
Training Capsule
  Understanding the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013

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