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Outside Delhi, informal rentals provide affordable housing

Delhi, 25 November 2015 — Gurgaon, on the outskirts of Delhi, is known for its shining office towers and luxury malls. But all is not so glitzy. Many internal migrants live and work there with few housing options. The informal rental market, tested through a pilot project by micro Home Solutions, could be a potential solution to Gurgaon's woeful lack of affordable housing. See more.

The hard reality of the homeless in Delhi: Designing a shelter for homeless families

The teen balloon-seller outside your car window at the traffic junction, the old man behind the corner cigarette stall, the woman who sweeps your streets, the worker at the Metro construction site, the rickshaw puller in your neighbourhood - these are a few of the daily faces from the thousands of homeless people living on the streets of the capital city, Delhi. Read more.

India's sanitation crisis needs imaginative design and behavioral change communication

Delhi, 28 September 2015 — The article discusses the need to look beyond infrastructural solutions to imaginative designs and behavioral change communication to end India's sanitation crisis through the case study of Project Sammaan. See more.

Lost opportunities in development

Delhi, 24 July 2015 — The "smart cities" discourse is prevailing in India with the recent outlay of Rs 98,000 crore (USD $15 billion) by the government to execute 100 Smart Cities. But do we have inclusive and sustainable transport strategies for Smart Cities? Read about CONNECTKaro and the case of Delhi Bus Rapid Transport Corridor to know more. See more.

Informal settlements: mediators between economic growth and human development

Delhi, 15 June 2015 — How can Delhi act not just as an engine of growth but also as an agent for greater social justice and environmental sustainability? This article describes the case of Lado Sarai, an urban village of South Delhi, examining strategies for consultation processes in informal settlements. See more.

Hazard Centre: Institution-building through community empowerment

Delhi, 22 May 2015 — How do we empower communities so that they can find their own voice and build their own institutions? Read about the case of Hazard Centre, a Delhi-based NGO, and its role in a two-year-long consultation process with the residents of Kathputli Colony, the first in-situ development under Rajiv Awas Yojana. See more.

Collaboration and innovation for affordable energy

Delhi, 24 April 2015 — How do we ensure a better choice of affordable energy for the urban poor through collaborative stakeholder engagement, community empowerment, and simple technological innovations? See more.

Making space for street vendors: Towards equitable urban development

As previously discussed on TheCityFix, informal street vendors in cities around the world experience daily challenges to their economic livelihoods. For example, street vendors are perceived to be detrimental to city life, unhygienic, noisy, and to obstruct smooth flow of commuters, pedestrians and traffic. In the minds of some policymakers, hawkers crowd sidewalks, plazas and parks, come too close on the subway, or sell too close to local businesses. Many of these complaints, however, are due to insufficient spaces and infrastructure for street vendors. Read more.

Chintan: from rags to secure green jobs and education

Delhi, 23 February 2015 — India boasts the largest youth population in the world with 55 percent of the Indian population below the age of 25. However, about 85 percent of India's jobs are with informal enterprises plagued with low wages and human rights violations. Chintan, a Delhi-based organization, shows how educational and awareness programs can strengthen the informal sector and empower the youth. See more.

How a generation of young leaders is emerging from India's slums

On a recent Sunday afternoon in the tightly packed slum of Narela at the edge of Delhi, a group of children sat on a bright green rug amid broken tiles, bricks and bits of wood, engrossed in an animated discussion about their neighborhood. Hens and goats roamed around. Older women in the traditional Indian sari sauntered past. Plastic buckets, used to fetch water from the nearby standpost, lay stacked in a corner. A small child shrieked, trying to clamber aboard a push-cart. The children, roughly between the ages of 7 to 16, talked of the need for toilets, clean water, parks and street lights. The weekly meeting of their child club, known as Mannat, was in progress. Read more.