PARTICIPATORY PLANNING
The people and their plans
PARTICIPATORY PLANNING : The people and their plans

By listening to residents, and understanding the needs that have driven them to organic solutions, it is possible for Master Plans in cities to be a lot more attentive to the lived realities of people.

#Cities #Housing #Government
SELF-GOVERNANCE
Reversing the gaze on democracy

Can people themselves decide how governments should respond to their needs? Janta ka Faisla asks us to consider how the practice of democracy would look if it began from the most vulnerable citizens. 

#Livelihoods #Government #OP-ED #Poverty #CHHATISGARH
WASTE MANAGEMENT
Decentralisation is better for developing economies

Urban waste continues to grow, and governments at different levels are responding with a range of approaches. There are several reasons to choose decentralisation.

#Livelihoods #Urban Environment #Waste #Environment
COVID LOCKDOWN
Pandemic diary : Part III - The best and the worst

For some, the plight of countless desperately poor people trapped by the lockdown was a call to action. But for others, it was a time for unscrupulous opportunism and cruel discrimination.

#Food Security #Public Health #Society
MULTI-LAYERED PLASTICS
Inclusive design of new EPR regime is possible

Extended Producer Responsibility-based interventions can be designed to ensure that wastepickers and informal workers remain an integral part of the new regime too.

#Livelihoods #Waste #Environment #MAHARASHTRA
COVID LOCKDOWN
Pandemic diary : Part II - An uncertain kindness

Hundreds of millions were caught off-guard by the lockdown. As the government struggled to respond, it was up to citizens to recognise the humanity of each other and do what they could. 

#Food Security #Livelihoods #Public Health #Society
EPR REGULATIONS
New regime, but many pending expectations

Waste pickers and others in informal recycling supply chains have long sought better terms and conditions of work, and to be heard as equals in decisions about waste management.

#Livelihoods #Waste #Human Rights
COVID LOCKDOWN
Pandemic diary : Part I - The scramble

The suddenness of the lockdown left poor people unable to prepare themselves. To survive, they had to leave their homes in search of support, making them vulnerable to more than the virus.

#Livelihoods #Public Health #Poverty
URBAN SPACES
Recognising the right to the city

The Delhi HC ruling in Ajay Maken offers hope to residents of informal settlements by protecting their right to housing and enhancing their role in decision-making about urban space.

#Cities #Housing #Laws
RIGHT TO HOUSING
Urban poor lack a roof over their head

Looking into what’s happening in the State of Karnataka, Kathyayini Chamaraj discusses the housing needs and rights of the urban poor.

#Housing #Government #Poverty
MUMBAI'S WOES
When cities go under
MUMBAI'S WOES : When cities go under

Mumbai is closer to finalising its 20-year development plan, from 2014 to 2034. The plan might be hiding more than it reveals, writes Darryl D'Monte.

#Cities #Urban Environment #Environment
DOMESTIC WORKERS
Can we do something for those we cannot do without?

In an upper to middle income household a domestic help and her services are indispensable. Yet, she is not given the diginity, living wages and other benefits one gets in the organised sector. Pushpa Achanta talks to the activists working for the domestic workers' rights to find out more.

#Livelihoods #Society
TOILETS FOR ALL
India’s sanitation puzzle: Missing the complete picture?

The focus on ending open defecation and ensuring a toilet in every home is a limited one. Lasting success will require a much larger focus on sanitation, writes Aditya Bhol.

#Sanitation #Health
DEVELOPMENT OF AHMEDABAD
How ‘smart’ is Ahmedabad?
DEVELOPMENT OF AHMEDABAD : How ‘smart’ is Ahmedabad?

As the Prime Minister launches his vision for cities in the country, it is pertinent to ask what his record has been in the largest city of the state where he was Chief Minister before becoming PM. A recent study finds many pluses, and some minuses. Darryl D'Monte reports.

#Cities #Urban Environment #Government #GUJARAT
TALES FROM THE STREET
The invisible makers of the city
TALES FROM THE STREET : The invisible makers of the city

Homeless, vulnerable and deprived of any form of social security, street dwellers often provide critical services, helping to sustain themselves and the city. Pushpa Achanta meets some of them in Bengaluru to know more about their existence.

#Displacement #Livelihoods #Poverty