Approaches to Basic Service Delivery for the Working Poor: Assessing the Impact of Mahila Housing Trust’s Parivartan Slum Upgrading Programme in Ahmedabad, India

Sara Rusling
  • Subtitle: WIEGO Policy Brief (Urban Policies) No. 1

Increased urbanization in India has meant more poor people live in hazardous conditions, lacking access to even basic facilities and services. In Ahmedabad, Gujarat, a large population lives within the city’s 1,000 slums. For informal workers whose homes double as their workplaces, shelter and services are crucial issues.

Approaches to Basic Delivery for the Working Poor

This brief describes how the Mahila Housing Trust, sister organization to the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), has partnered with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, international organizations and local residents to deliver a slum improvement programme that provides basic infrastructure, improving the life, health and well-being of residents.


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Informal Economy Theme
Informal Economy Topic
Occupational group
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