By Rina Chandran AHMEDABAD, India, July 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Ramilaben Arvind studied the plan to move out of her one-room home in a congested slum into a modern apartment for no extra cost in India’s Ahmedabad city, she immediately agreed. But first she had to get 67 other families to say ‘yes’.
By Budi Purwanto SEMARANG, Indonesia, May 21 – A slum area on Indonesia‘s Java Island has become an unlikely tourist attraction, as well as a social media hit, after its homes were painted vivid colors to transform the district into what is now being called “Kampung Pelangi” (“Rainbow Village”). As long as you don’t suffer
By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Dec 12 – City officials in New Delhi have demolished hundreds of shanties in the past week, leaving up to 1,500 people homeless for winter, in the latest of several such evictions this year across the country as officials race to upgrade cities. The demolition of the decade-old informal settlements happened
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, Dec 7 – One third of children living in the slums of Bangladesh’s capital spend more than 60 hours a week making clothes for the garment sector, well beyond the legal working limit, a London-based thinktank said on Wednesday. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said 32 percent of children aged
By Matthew Ponsford LONDON, Nov 17 – Architects and planners in rapidly growing cities must work with slum dwellers to build skywards and create high-rise, self-built housing blocks, a leading Pakistani architect says. As millions more people pour into Pakistan‘s largest city, Karachi, local architects should work in city slums to allow residents to develop