Slums and informal settlements

Slums

Cities are supposed to be places of opportunity for their residents, including the poorest. But flawed policies and poor implementation have made it difficult for low-income city residents to access basic services, practice their livelihoods, and invest in their homes and families. In Chennai, new slums have not been officially recognized since 1985, and the many undeclared slums that have come up in the city since then do not have legal access to water and sanitation, and live in fear of eviction. Existing government spending on slums has focused on building large-scale resettlement colonies on the outskirts of the city, to the exclusion of in-situ rehabilitation.

This page collects our research and activities on slums and informal settlements in the city. Our work is focused on understanding policies towards slums in the city and the history of their implementation, and understanding and measuring access to services in slums and informal settlements. Our team works closely with a local network of slum-based organizations, civil society groups, students, academics, and activists to push for more humane policies and better implementation.

 

Key Research

Materials from Public Meetings

Slums, resettlement, and tenure in JNNURM & RAY (2384)
Changes to come: JNNURM II, Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) (2532)
The JNNURM in Chennai 2005 - 2012: An assessment with focus on the urban poor (1617)
Possible Future Strategies for JNNURM and RAY (1615)
The JNNURM and Access to Basic Services (1735)
JNNURM and Access to Water and Sanitation (2713)
Summary Analysis of Slum Policies and their Implementation: Research note prepared for workshop on July 21, 2012 (English) (2280)
Summary Analysis of Slum Policies and their Implementation: Research note prepared for workshop on July 21: 2012 (Tamil) (2235)
Presentation Slides on Slum Policies and their Implementation from Workshop on July 21, 2012 (3257)
Presentation Slides on Experience of JNNURM in Chennai and Lessons for RAY and JNNURM II from Workshop on July 21, 2012 (2585)
FAQ on the JNNURM and the RAY (English) (1437)
FAQ on the JNNURM and the RAY (Tamil) (1144)
THE JnNURM IN CHENNAI from 2005 - 2012: An assessment with a focus on the urban poor (Research Note prepared for public meeting on December 2, 2012) (English) (2545)
THE JnNURM IN CHENNAI from 2005 - 2012: An assessment with a focus on the urban poor (Research Note prepared for public meeting on December 2, 2012) (Tamil) (1224)

Publications

Access to finance for incremental construction: A study from three low-income settlements in Chennai (3562)
The Board and the Bank: Changing Policies towards Slums in Chennai (1928)
Give the people what they want (1479)
Govt fails to learn from past mistakes (1463)
India's Invisible Population (1400)

Datasets

External Resources


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March 26, 2014 by

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October 24, 2013 by

The slums team at Transparent Chennai is supporting the Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS) in preparing a report for the State Planning Commission to assess the impact of all kinds of interventions into slums in the city. The goal … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 by

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June 17, 2014

Transparent Chennai recently held a meeting to discuss how urban development can better benefit the urban poor. The meeting was attended by researchers, activists, government officials and concerned citizens, who all contributed suggestions on how new urban development programmes can … Continue reading

June 17, 2014

Transparent Chennai organised a public meeting on Saturday 14th June 2014 to discuss the lessons learnt from the JNNURM and RAY and compile a charter of changes required for urban development to be pro-poor. The event was attended by over … Continue reading

June 12, 2014

Transparent Chennai is organising a workshop to provide feedback on new urban programs in India based on Chennai’s experience of the JNNURM / RAY. Where: Bhagirathi Hall, Institute for Financial Management Research (IFMR), 24, Kothari Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai: 60003 When: … Continue reading