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This landmark publication showcases the extraordinary contribution of the Know Your City campaign to understanding and taking action to reduce urban poverty and exclusion. Anchored by SDI’s community-led informal settlement profiling, enumeration and mapping, the KYC campaign supports partnerships between local and city governments and organized slum communities. The campaign was established as a joint program between SDI affiliated federations and the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-A) and has become a powerful force for for community organization, participatory local governance, partnership building, and collective action to implement global commitments to “leave no one behind.” This publication brings together institutions at the forefront of emergent solutions that hold great promise for enhancing inclusiveness and resilience at scale. It details the work of organized communities of the urban poor to collect systematic data on conditions in their settlements and fill critical gaps in knowledge. It presents examples of enlightened local governments seeking to change the status quo through collaborative and inclusive city planning and management, it captures the essential partnerships of public, private and community actors working to make fundamental change.

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The Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) sub-Mission of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) sought to address the needs of some of the lowest-income and most vulnerable urban dwellers in Indian cities. The promise was that these residents would receive ‘a garland of 7 entitlements’ – security of tenure, affordable housing, water, sanitation, health, education and social security in low-income settlements in the 63 Mission cities. We researched the outcomes of the BSUP in five Indian cities (Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Pune and Visakhapatnam), which were selected because of their diversity. They presented a wide range of socio-economic contexts and economic development and also differed in the nature and extent of civil society involvement in BSUP programming.  

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by Joel Bolnick, IIED Working Paper, December 2016.

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By Sheela Patel, Aseena Viccajee, and Jockin Arputham, IIED Working Paper, January 2017

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by Kate Lines and Jack Makau, IIED Working Paper, January 2017.

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How the women of Mahila Milan in India learned to plan, design, finance and build housing, By Sheela Patel, Jockin Arputham and Sheridan Bartlett, Environment & Urbanization Copyright © 2015 International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Vol 28(1): 223–240.

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Written by Sohel Ahmed, Edwin Simiyu, Grace Githiri, Alice Sverdlik, and Shadrack Mbaka, IIED Working Paper, June 2015

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By Celine d'Cruz with Sheela Patel and Gertrude Mazvimavi, SDI 2014

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By Evans Banana, Beth Chitekwe-Biti, and Anna Walnycki, Environment and Urbanisation, Vol. 27(1)

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By Sheela Patel and the SPARC team, Environment and Urbanisation, Vol. 27(1)

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By Evans Banana, Patrick Chikoti, Chisomo Harawa, et al., Environment & Urbanisation, Vol. 27(1)

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