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New Mumbai needs poverty addressed, too

Mumbai, 27 November 2015 — New Mumbai, the satellite city of Mumbai, is an experimental, planned city on the outskirts of Mumbai. While the city was created to absorb some of the growth issues in the city, other issues, such as poverty and lack of economic opportunities, have also spilled over into the new area. Few NGOs have focused their efforts on Navi Mumbai, but Aarambh has been running programs for vulnerable communities there for at least a decade. See more.

Can good data save lives?

Mumbai, 2 October 2015 — Vera Solutions has helped organizations around the world harness technology to improve their data collection and use. The Mumbai-based company has worked with local NGOs, such as the Foundation for Mother and Child Health, to customize systems that make tracking important data easier to track and analyze. The databases have transformed the way social organizations understand their impact and diagnose the best way forward with making change happen. See more.

Can Mumbai's waste pickers help India meet the SDGs?

Mumbai, 11 September 2015 — The UN's Sustainable Development Goals have big ambitions for poverty reduction and urban improvements across the developing world. In India, one area where the two converge is with waste management, since much of the refuse collection in cities is done by waste pickers, most of whom are women. A Mumbai-based social enterprise has launched an initiative to localize waste management and incorporate waste pickers into the system, thereby improving working conditions for the women and thinking more sustainably about waste management in the city. See more.

Holistic help for Mumbai's homeless

Mumbai, 5 August 2015 — Mumbai's homeless issue, as in many major metropolises, is daunting. But in India's financial capital, the situation is unique. Street sleepers are not single individuals; they are often families — mothers, grandmothers, children, who have been there in the same spot for generations. An NGO called Pehchan has been working to address the complex and challenging circumstances of this population to improve their future opportunities. See more.

Car-free Sundays launch a movement in Mumbai

Mumbai, 13 July 2015 — More and more Mumbaikers are foregoing hot, overcrowded public transport in favor of a personal vehicle. Streets in the city have become a grid-locked mess, causing major commuting woes. But now, on Sundays, city residents jam onto the streets in new ways — jumping rope, riding bikes and doing yoga. Car-free Sundays have taken off in Mumbai and around the country — a first of many small initiatives that show a growing need for alternative, sustainable transport options in urban areas at risk of being overtaken by the car. See more.

Reinventing Dharavi

Mumbai, 2 June 2015 — Dharavi is one of India's — and Asia's — best-known informal settlements. Much debate has centered around its future, but little has actually been done to improve the lives of its residents. To stimulate fresh thinking on how Dharavi can reinvent the future of urban transformation, Mumbai's Urban Design Research Institute sent out a global call for ideas — and the proposals that came back have reignited the debate on the future of the city's densest settlement. See more.

How Mumbai's street vendors set off a nationwide movement

Mumbai, 14 May 2015 — Street vendors are ubiquitous in Indian cities. They provide a variety of goods and services, from shoe polishing to fruits and vegetables. Yet in Mumbai, street vendors are largely illegal, since the city limits the number of hawking licenses to just 15,000. In order to fight for their right to their livelihood, hawkers' unions have formed a federation to represent vendors' needs at the highest level. Now, 888 street vendors' unions from across the country have joined forces to push forward an agenda to protect street vendors in India. See more.

Can solar solve Mumbai's deplorable sanitation situation?

Mumbai, 10 April 2015 — Activists in Mumbai were outraged recently when a woman died after falling through one of Mumbai's dilapidated community toilets. While access to clean, functional toilets is a major issue in the city's slums, one community toilet initiative has transformed its toilet block into a community center and managed to run the entire program on solar energy. 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.

Transport data visualizations tell powerful stories

Mumbai, 20 March 2015 — What happens when numbers come alive in colorfully graphic ways? EMBARQ India and Urban Mobility India launched the Data Visualization Challenge to see how transport data could tell new stories and, perhaps, have a bigger impact on how we see our cities. See more.