By 2030 more than 40% of the country’s population is expected to reside in urban areas. The growth has propelled the informal economy and settlements in cities. Cities are stifled by the depleting of natural resources, increasing traffic, mismanagement of waste, continuous construction work and deteriorating air and water quality. With limited access to decent work, housing, food, water and sanitation facilities, the urban poor are the worst affected and prone to climate change impact. The COVID pandemic has not only magnified the challenges for the urban poor but also exposed the rising conflict between the rich and poor.
We work with the urban poor, whom we identify as City Makers. The City Makers are majorly engaged in the informal sector and live in informal settlements/ slums. Our strategy is to build their leadership and capacities to access basic amenities like housing, health, water and sanitation and proclaim their right to earn a decent living. We also work for the urban poor’s participation in civic affairs and building their resilience against the impact of natural or human-induced disasters. We realize it cannot be possible without the support of the Government, NGOs and Businesses and hence alliances and partnerships with local government bodies and civil society organisations have been the backbone of our programmes.