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Bridging the gap for mainstreaming underprivileged children

According to the UNESCO EFA report, 1.4 million children between the ages of six to 11 are out of school in India, which is the fourth largest number in the world. As of November 2013, Bangalore had 26,000 out of school urban poor children living in dire conditions, not getting an education. Many of these underprivileged children are children of migrant parents who are involved in unorganized work, such as construction labor or rag pickers. This forces many children to take on household responsibilities like sibling care at a very early or labor work, which fundamentally impacts their education. Considering that migration to Bangalore is from parts of India where the mother tongue is different than Kannada, this internal migration impacts children the most.Read more.

Once a jungle, Bangalore’s recycling hub faces rising costs

Bangalore, 2 November 2015 — As the Bangalore metro grows, informal economies on the outskirts of the city are at risk of eviction. The city’s recycling hubs and waste processing units are located in areas that are now unaffordable. In an ongoing study, Hasiru Dala and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements are working to quantify the economic and social value of the recycling economy to push for subsidized rent and mitigate displacement. See more.

Creative metrics for diverse portfolios

Bangalore, 14 October 2015 — The Grassroots Business Fund’s success story, Bangalore-based Industree Crafts, is an example of integrating a variety of metrics to gain a deep understanding of its investees and how—and how well—they are working. Dynamic tools like the ones GBF uses facilitate quick adjustments that can guide social enterprises toward a more sustainable and impactful future. See more.

Digital media initiative aims to improve women's health

Bangalore, 3 September 2015 — Women's health information in India, especially related to family planning and reproduction, is often unreliable, perpetuated by myths and even taboo. Bangalore-based mDhil has harnessed the power of digital media to connect women with the information they need in creative ways, using videos and text messaging. The site has already received 40 million views – a testament to the vast need for appropriate health information as the world sets out to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. See more.

Brightening the future for Bangalore's shelter children

Bangalore, 13 August 2015 — Institutionalized children often have few opportunities on the road ahead. An NGO called Make a Difference challenges that unequal road. The organization focuses on leveling the playing field for shelter youth by setting them up with youth mentors who are trained to carry out a program focused on a future outside the shackles of poverty. Their movement has not only worked in Bangalore, but has spread to cities all over India. See more.

Could congestion charges transform Bangalore?

Bangalore, 2 July 2015 — Indian's booming IT hub of Bangalore has attracted young professionals from all over India. The population growth has brought with it new wealth and a host of issues, especially traffic. The city has been overtaken by the car, and the situation is only expected to get worse — unless serious measures are taken to curb the trend. Congestion charging has been on the table for years — could this be what Bangalore needs to recapture its former glory as India's Green City? See more.

Bangalore NGO gives local youths tools to improve slums

Bangalore, 23 June 2015 — Children are rarely asked to participate in local politics or in drafting a better neighborhood in which they study and play. A Bangalore-based NGO, however, believes that the only way to achieve child-friendly cities is to bring children into the decision-making process. Their programs train local youths from slum areas to capture their surroundings through digital media and give them a voice at ward meetings — a step that opens up city-making not only in India but around the world. See more.

Bangalore's domestic workers have paved new pathways in gaining recognition and rights

Bangalore, 1 May 2015 — Bangalore's domestic workers have led the way in demanding better wages and conditions at a state level and beyond. Their unions pushed the city's home state of Karnataka to declare a minimum wage for maids, cooks, and sweepers. While the law is progressive, enforcement has been minimal and much more needs to be done. See more.

Solar energy companies focus on needs of urban poor

Bangalore, 17 April 2015 — Solar energy initiatives have mainly focused on lighting up rural communities around India, but organizations are increasingly realizing that urban slums are also energy-poor. Pollinate Energy has been leading the way toward sustainable energy for India's urban off-grid communities by empowering local community members to become clean energy entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs connect Bangalore's poor to affordable solar products — a move that has radically transformed their lives. 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.