Sampoorna Zhopadpatti Punarvasan
Pilot effort in Pune to develop a methodology to define the poverty line in a bottom-up way.
This two-day event was organized in 2012 by MASHAL, Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), YASHADA and INHAF, to facilitate a dialogue and understand the views of experts, the demands of the slum dwellers and the perceptions of the government officials and NGO representatives. The event brought visibility to Inhaf with a wide media coverage, and a diverse set of stakeholders on a shared platform with robust audience participation in the form of 150 written questions to the stakeholders. One of its indirect outcomes was the change in the cut-off date for SRA projects
PDPL is an exploratory study initiated by INHAF in Pune to involve the urban poor in defining the poverty line themselves. Pune has several dynamic unions and organizations of the urban poor who are sensitive to the impact that the poverty line has on their entitlements, benefits and development. With these member-based unions and organizations of the poor as partners, INHAF piloted the Poor Defining Poverty Line Initiative in xxxx, inspired by the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights that conducted a similar study in 6 Asian countries between 2013 and 2014.
This work is seen as a special contribution to the poverty debate as also a rethink on the strategies, plans and projects for poverty reduction. It is possibly one of the first such efforts in the country’s urban sector and is meant to:
a) highlight the need for and the virtue of the bottom-up way of defining and measuring poverty, a subject of national concern and development planning and action (the poor who live poverty are well equipped to define it )
b) develop and demonstrate a participatory, consultative and community engaging methodology in doing so
c) contribute to demystification of the poverty line, at the top and the bottom, at the government and the city level
d) highlight the known deficiencies and inadequacies of the existing definition and the measuring method—the uni-dimensional, nutrition-based poverty line—to ascertain that poverty is a multifaceted and multidimensional phenomenon.
Sampoorna Zhopadpatti Punarvasan Parishad Meeting Report