Jockin Arputham, the founder of the National Slum Dwellers Federation in India, explains the benefits of developing a slum-dweller led strategy for securing land tenure and services.
One of the most difficult issues for slum dwellers is to avoid eviction – and beyond this to get secure tenure of the land their homes occupy. Two federations of ‘slum’ dwellers in India have developed a new strategy for getting more secure tenure and services by negotiating with ward and district level governments.
Developed by the National Slum Dwellers Federation and Mahila Milan, the Indian federation of women slum and pavement dweller savings groups in Mumbai, it will be extended to other cities.
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