Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in collaboration with Development Alternatives has announced the launch of the Youth Citizen Service - YCS Leadership Challenge 2015. Youth Citizen Service is an action learning programme for young Indians. The programme is aimed at creating an opportunity for India’s youth to actively work towards addressing development issues while building a deeper understanding of the dynamics of poverty and development. The YCS programme will select 12 young people in the age group of 22-29 who will then get an opportunity to volunteer in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradeshe as part of this full time, six weeks long programme. The programme will support travel, accommodation, food, medical insurance and training costs of the vo
The Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Culture, Kumari Selja unveiling the plaque to inaugurate the National Resource Centre on Urban Poverty, Slums and Housing, in New Delhi on May 16, 2012. Poverty, it is said, is the greatest polluter. A resource center of this scale is bound to not just alleviate urban poverty but also help reduce urban pollution to a great extent.
The pretty Preity (Zinta), standing tall at the 'Make Noise for the MDGs' campaign at Purana Qila in New Delhi Purana Qila came alive with music, whistling, shouting and all forms of noise last Saturday with the 'Make Noise for the MDGs' campaign that was part of the 'Stand up, Take action' global call for ending poverty by 2015. A large crowd gathered at the venue and reminded the nations of the world about the United Nations Millennium Declaration that was signed by them on this very day in September 2000. Music performances from across India lighted up the gathering while the star (of the) attraction remained the Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS and for peace, Preity Zinta. She also read aloud the End Poverty pledge while interrupted it in between to become the pretty 'whistle blower'!...
Without inclusive growth, that includes the poor, the rich cannot survive in a city. Thank you for appreciating the development and environment combination of the blog. Your time is precious and I appreciate you making it available to comment on the Blog. There is a dominant tendency on our part to think that poor living in the cities are a homogenous lot with same problems and therefore need uniform solution in the form of anti poverty programmes. JNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission) is an example of inclusive growth for the poor in the cities. Although in all honesty, while it does make efforts toward targeting heritage cities and look for unique needs of different cities, it does not take into account the needs of different slum settlements within a city. My own experien...
In any conversation about Delhi contributing to climate change due to CO2 emissions, dominant is the issue of intra-city transport using petrol, CNG and diesel. This contributes over 30% of the city's emissions and is difficult to reduce. What is also spoken in the context of our city is the lack of adequate public transport. How we don’t have public transport in the form of buses or railways or water ways. How inta-city transport services at the desired quality, quantity (frequency) and price are lacking so as to make it a preferred option. All kinds of statistics are quoted to substantiate this statement. For exampl, a majority of the poor in the city cannot afford to pay for motorized transport however cheap. They use bicycles or walk to their place of work. A majority of the mi
How do you see development? How can you portrait the human face of the development processes? How do you show that development initiatives and programmes improve the lives of people? The Global Photography Campaign on Humanizing Development launched on 1 June 2009 aims to promote and showcase visual examples of people winning the battle against poverty, social exclusion and marginalization by bringing light and life into the above questions. The Global Photography Campaign aims to show examples of people winning the battle against poverty, social exclusion and marginalization. It is intended to raise awareness of the successes in the development process. The campaign is intended to counterbalance the frequently shown images of desolation and despair. A photo gallery will to be perm
Your responses are what keeps this blog going, thank you for sharing. Continuing on the governance issues for urban slums in Delhi on how to justify providing water sanitation etc to the existing Jhuggi Jhompdi (JJ) slums? As you all have rightly pointed out the quality of life for a middle class in the city like Delhi is subsidized by people living in slums. They are ready to accept an inferior quality of life so that the middle class could have their service providing community, at a subsidized price. Another argument is that JJ slum dwellers are not ‘paying’ any property tax or other municipal taxes. Let us look at this argument. Yes, but they are consumers and as such pay excise duty and sales tax on all the items they purchase and hence contribute to the economy directly.