Urban Poverty

  • Intended Audience

    Slum residents, activists and civil society, policy makers, and academia

  • Keywords

    Urban poverty, slums, livelihoods, mobility, shelter, social mobility, living wages


A study to understand the contribution of the urban poor to the economy and functioning of the city.

The purpose of the study is to understand the contribution of the urban poor to the economy and functioning of the city. It focuses primarily on the linkages between shelter, mobility, and livelihoods in urban slums. In addition to documentation of infrastructural facilities being afforded to the slums, it also examines the current status and aspirational requirements of the slum residents. The study will assess the policy and the social implications of this analysis on our understanding of urban poverty and the evolution of slums.

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Collaborations and Funders

The Poverty Study was partly funded by the Jamshetji Tata Trust and the Next Generation Infrastructure Foundation. The Poverty Study was conducted with the primary help of Mr. Issac Arul Selva, Mr. Issac Amruthraj and Mr. Vinay Sreenivasa. The report on Living Wages was carried out in collaboration with the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, and was funded by the University of Amsterdam.




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