What has the city done to house their poor in the last decade?

An inter-sectoral study of the production of housing by private, public, NGOs and civil society in Pune and Ahmedabad.

This initiative built off Inhaf’s earlier work on Investment Watch, but with a more focused approach on low-income housing.

Housing for the urban poor in Indian cities, is a production of multiple actors: urban local governments, state parastatal, private sector developers, housing finance institutions, civil society and communities. Building on this understanding we attempted to capture the collective efforts in the cities of Pune and Ahmedabad to house its urban poor over the last 10 years, as undertaken by the private, public, non-profit sector within the overarching factors of housing policy and programs including the contribution by people themselves. The study relied primarily on interviews with stakeholders across these sectors, available secondary information and INHAF’s earlier work to build these stories.

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.