Delhi Diary

Delhi Diary highlights reflections, insights and field notes from the Focal City Delhi (FCD) team in their ongoing work with informal workers. We capture these on a regular basis in order to provide a dynamic picture of the ways in which informal workers in Delhi are consistently struggling, resisting and innovating against great odds.

informal women workers Delhi
Photo: Rashmi Choudhary

Delhi Diary Archives

The views expressed in the Delhi Diary represent those of the authors.

March 2021

  • Building Connections During the Pandemic: The Role of Community Action Groups in Addressing Hunger and Relief

New Year's Message

Impact of COVID-19

  • COVID-19 and Delhi’s Waste Pickers
  • COVID-19 and Delhi’s Home-based Workers
  • COVID-19 and Delhi’s Domestic Workers
  • COVID-19 and Delhi’s Street Vendors

July 2020

  • Impact of COVID-19 on Street Vendors in India: Status and Steps for Advocacy
  • Rebuilding Lives in Resettlements: The Story of Savita Ben

April/May 2020

January 2020

  • Street Vendors Act: Many roads to Implementation
  • The Changing Waste Economy of Delhi and its Impact on Waste Pickers

October 2019

June - September 2019

  • Celebration and Solidarity with Domestic Workers | Shalini Sinha

April & May 2019

  • Town Vending Committees—An Opportunity for Worker Participation | Avi Singh Majithia
  • Definitions Matter: Who is a Street Vendor and What is a Street? | Avi Singh Majithia

March 2019

  • Master Plan of Delhi: Why do we need to engage with it? | March 7, 2019 | by Malavika Narayan
  • Voices from the Margins: Waste Pickers and the Right to the City |  March 1, 2019 | by Avi Singh Majithia

October - December 2018

  • Maternity Benefits: Seek to Bring Together, Not Divide | November 29, 2018 | by Avi Singh Majithia
  • Street Vendors Movement in India: The Need to Build Capacity—Now | November 15, 2018 | by Shalini Sinha
  • Celebrating Home-based Workers Day: Shining Light on the Invisible Workforce of Delhi | October 25, 2018 | Shalini Sinha
  • Giving Voice to the Voiceless: How a Radio Programme Empowered Women Informal Workers | October 11, 2018 | Shalini Sinha

August - September 2018

  • Holistic Child Care: More than a dream | September 20, 2018 | by Avi Majithia
  • Waste Samaritans: Revolutionizing waste digitally | August 31, 2018 | by Avi Majithia
  • Umbrellas offer shelter in more ways than one | August 15, 2018 | by Avi Majithia
  • Seeing Delhi's informal economy with fresh eyes | August 1, 2018 | by Shalini Sinha