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Sheela Patel, founding member and current chair of Slum/Shack Dwellers International, speaks about, “Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South: Adequate, Secure and Affordable Housing,” the latest working paper in the World Resources Report, ...

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The
story of the port trust beginning to explore the usage of 3.11 of SRA Like
other informal settlements in Mumbai those households living on Mumbai Port
trust lands always thought they would never get alternatives . In the mid 1990s they
joined NSDF and M...

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the surrounding areas of Oshiwara station there will be over 5-8000 slum
dwellers relocated due to various projects. Finally by chance more than
planning poor households will be within walking distance from the relocation
site they were moved to The  Osh...

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Wonder
why the lease renewal did not happen? A very large part of Mumbai suburbs and extended suburbs are state lands leased to industry. We know that all textile mills factories and other such lands were leased as were salt pans. Some ( all textile mills) ...

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Habitat Forum, Berlin – Designing Sustainable Solutions for Cities In The
Future, 1 st June, 2016 Theme-
People, Politics and Practice Sheela
Patel spoke at the conference as a representative of communities who live and
work informally in cities, ...

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How Community Mobilization Influences the Political Environment: Reflections on Pune
Yerwada was an in-situ upgrading project aiming to build permanent ground, ground floor +1 and ground floor+2 houses. The cost of each constructed house was Rs 300,000 rupees, with 90% of the costs funded by the different branches of government (local, stat...

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Exhibition at Indian Oil by New School Interns
In June and July 2015, we conducted an oral history project to document the lived experiences of women leaders in Mahila Milan. As Mahila Milan inevitably faces change in its leadership, we focused, in particular, on the transfer of knowledge from generatio...

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The learning curve: Multilayered knowledge transfers in the Federation
The following is the first in a series of blog posts by graduate students from The New School in New York City working with SPARC this summer. June 2015 1.The group of students who visited Pune, India 2. Savita Sona- wane who leads Pune Mahila Milan 3 Savit...

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Learn - Participatory Enumeration and Mapping (10 weeks online course)
Learn -  Participatory Enumeration and Mapping   (10 weeks online course) The course is for  Community organisers, students of urban planning and development, social workers, municipal officials, NGO staff, local service providing agencies, field staff of b...
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