For a better Mumbai, fix the slums first ...

27 Jul 2016

This article was first published in The Hindu.  By Jockin Arputham The government has plenty...

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Indian SDI Alliance Awarded 2016 Curry Stone ...

17 Mar 2016

Today the Indian SDI Alliance, made up of the National Slum Dwellers Federation (NSDF), Mahila...

Jockin Arputham Awarded Person of the Year ...

11 Mar 2016

[caption id="attachment_11349" align="alignnone" width="500"] Jockin Arputham the Person of the Year Award Function at VIT...

Improved Sanitation Improves Half a Million L ...

08 Dec 2015

By Maria Lobo and Mahila Milan Background Sanitation has been the shame of India. More...

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Without Power: Mumbai's Pavement Dwellers

04 Dec 2014

With no electricity, kids study under a street light at night.  **Cross-posted from the SPARC/MM/NSDF blog** If you can read this, you’re not affected. For most urban dwellers electricity is...

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Ongoing Saga of Slums Along the Airport in Mumbai, India

31 Jan 2014

**SPARC Responds** The slums along Mumbai airport with over 98,000 structures remain a crucially unsolved challenge for the development of the airport. The residents networks that are part of NSDF city federation...

Housing stock for the poor and its constant change of usage in Mumbai, India

29 Jan 2014

**SPARC Responds** The government of Maharashtra took a very bold decision about 6 years ago to build small tenements which would be given to the poor for rent. The rental housing...

Planning For 58% Without Accurate Data in Mumbai

22 Jan 2014

**SPARC Responds** When we set up SPARC in the 1980s, whatever we sought from the municipality or government for slum dwellers it was not feasible because the DP (Development Plans) did...

From Mumbai to the World: Building a Slum Dweller Movement

17 Sep 2013

By Jockin Arputham, President, SDI and National Slum Dwellers Federation of India (NSDF) It is sometimes hard to imagine that it is 28 years since the National Slum Dweller Federation of...

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Activating Social & Political Change through Community-Driven Slum Profiling

16 Apr 2013

By Walter Fieuw, CORC, South Africa (on behalf of SDI Secretariat) Community-driven settlement profiling, enumerations, and spatial mapping are practices that federations associated with SDI have developed over two decades....

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The Real Crime Problem Lies in the Formal World

26 Feb 2013

Fears about how slums harbor thieves and criminals reflect the fact that we are looking only at the bottom of the food chain of illegality. Photo credit: Cheryl Marland via Flickr Creative...

Diary on Relocation: Leaving Water Street

05 Dec 2012

By SPARC-MM-NSDF, India  This document is the first entry in a diary of events that unfolded in the first week of November 2012 when several breakthroughs in negotiations between Milan...

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