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Politics of water in Mumbai

Mumbai, 30 October 2016 — The key issue with housing is land, and the battle’s always been over land. Sadly, city governments have never assigned or allocated land for affordable housing; neither have they actively engaged in building affordable housing. The private sector will not build affordable housing for the poor or even the middle class. See more.

Politics of water in Mumbai

Mumbai, 26 September 2016 — A landmark judgment in Mumbai secures the right to water as a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution. See more.

Drama to Empower: Can theater reduce likelihood of prostitution?

Mumbai, 4 August 2016 — Mumbai’s Kamathipura is one of Asia’s oldest and largest red light districts. Exploitation is rampant, resulting in many girls being coerced into second-generation prostitution. The Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) collaborates with the Theatre Act to conduct weekly theater workshops for young girls living in Kamathipura to help them develop a skill-set that won’t force them to follow in their mother’s footsteps. See more.

A voice for Mumbai’s domestic workers

Mumbai, 25 July 2016 — The majority of India’s 4.2 million domestic workers are women employed in urban areas. Many of them work in multiple homes a day, and on average earn far below the minimum wage. The National Domestic Workers’ Movement is lobbying for better social security and welfare provision for workers in Mumbai. See more.

Will Mumbai maximize its new development plan?

Mumbai, 1 June 2016 — Mumbai's new Development Plan has the potential to shape the city in an equitable manner. The third twenty year plan was originally released in 2014 but received harsh criticism and has been under review and is being released in piecemeal parts. Professor Hussain Indorewala helps shed some light on the impact the plan may have in its current state and the issues that need to be addressed for the city's growth to be inclusive. See more.

Navi Mumbai’s Smart City Mission

Mumbai, 6 May 2016 — The Indian government’s Smart City Mission aims to provide a better quality of life for urban residents through ‘smart’ solutions. As cities compete against each other to be one of the one hundred cities selected for funding and government assistance, Navi Mumbai, Mumbai’s satellite city, is developing its blueprint to evolve into a smart city. See more.

Pushing for sustainability: can technology reduce congestion?

Mumbai, 4 April 2016 — Despite the highest public transit ridership in all of India, Mumbai authorities are heavily investing in infrastructure for private vehicles. With rising temperatures and growing congestion on the streets, Mumbai needs to focus on public transit. Moovit, a transportation planning mobile application, may be able to make public transport more convenient for Mumbaikars. See more.

A holistic approach to empower Mumbai’s most isolated

Mumbai, 16 March 2016 — Skewed intra urban development leads to the creation of enclaves of urban poverty. Out of the 24 administrative wards, M-East is Mumbai’s poorest and lowest ranked on the human development index. Apnalaya has been working in the community for the last 43 years to empower the residents of this marginalized neighborhood to fight for better access to services and human rights. See more.

Community-driven initiatives to reduce gender-based violence

Mumbai, 2 February 2016 — Women experience urban areas differently from men, yet Indian planning methods have yet to integrate gendered perspectives. In Mumbai, initiatives like SNEHA's Little Sister Project and Safe City crowd source data on gender based violence to work on community interventions to reduce crimes against women. See more.

Mumbai’s coastal edges could define the city’s future

Mumbai, 25 January 2016 — The peninsula city of Mumbai may be one of the most crowded in the world, but it also boasts an enviable 149 kilometers of coastline. Undoubtedly, the city’s setting offers a lot of untapped potential, and this year will be telling for how the sweeping coastal asset will be used. See more.