Undoubtedly we all are participants of the urbanising India which is growing in massive scale and pace and is developing to be the main contributor towards India’s GDP. However, the unpleasant dimension of this phenomenon is the ‘urbanisation of poverty’ hitting our cities and developing small and medium towns. Poverty has become synonym with deprived right to shelter, social and physical infrastructure, livelihood, security and even dignity of life. The vulnerable poor struggle to raise their concerns and demand their basic rights from the service providers, even when the country at present boasts of several ‘schemes for the urban poor’.
Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) and Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC) initiated the ‘Strengthening Civil Society Voices on Urban Poverty in India’ project with the support of the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation in the year 2011. The initiative has now spread to 34 cities across 11 states in India and is facilitating and synthesizing engagements at the city, state and national levels, bringing together the broad spectrum of civil society actors – organizations of the urban poor, local NGOs, research institutions, media and other coalitions in creating an enabling environment on urban poverty issues. Dialogues between the service providers and the civil society and urban poor communities are being strengthened as well as accountability of the governing bodies is being tracked and supported through this initiative.
A National Level Consultation that shall reflect on learning and lessons from the above initiative and facilitate active dialogues between varied participants from civil society, urban poor communities, academicians and service providers shall be held in Delhi in June 2013. This National Consultation will be a deliberation session on ‘Urban Poverty: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities’ and is being jointly organized by PRIA, SPARC and Forum of Informal Urban Poor Workers on the 20th and 21st of June 2013 in New Delhi at India Habitat Centre.
Enrich this consultation with your participation under the three theme areas of: Redefining Urban Poverty, Municipal Governance and Urban Poverty and Schemes and Services for the Urban Poor: Issues and Challenges.
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