Effective States and Inclusive Development

Lessons from India’s Basic Services for the Urban Poor programme

Briefing No. 13 This briefing presents research into the effectiveness of India’s Basic Services for the Urban Poor (BSUP) programme. It examines the implementation of BSUP in five different Indian cities. Security of tenure, universalised services and institutionalised communit

Universal access to sanitation requires a revolution in understanding

28 September 2015 By Professor Diana Mitlin, who leads the ESID project on urban poverty in India. Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) makes a clear commitment to universal access to sanitation: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for

Sheela Patel

Role Sheela Patel is Director of the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC) and for the construction company SPARC Samudaya Nirman Sahayak (SSNS), which, in collaboration with National Slum Dwellers Federation (NSDF) and Mahila Milan (MM), aims to explore, test and

Prof Gayatri Menon

Role Gayatri Menon is an Assistant Professor at the School of Development, Azim Premji University (Bengaluru, India), and an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Manchester. Research Gayatri is a sociologist who works on the political economy of development, focusing on urban

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM): Lessons learnt

5 November 2014. By Sundar Burra. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), articulated in 2005-06 with a budget of more than Rs.60,000 crores, signalled the beginning of a focus upon the ‘urban’. There were 65 cities where the Urban Infrastructure and Governance (

Political settlements applied to urban development: 5 key questions

15 August 2014 By Kate Pruce and Pablo Yanguas. In July ESID hosted a small research workshop devoted to the question of whether and how the concept of ‘political settlements’ can be deployed to study urban poverty and development. Much of the discussion pivoted around pre

Working Paper: Pro-poor urban politics

9 June 2014. ESID‘s latest Working Paper explores “what we have learnt about how to instigate and embed pro-poor government in towns and cities of the global South”, with a particular focus on how politics emerges in informal settlements. Politics, informality and cl

Sundar Burra

Role Sundar is a former advisor for the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC). Research He is working on ESID’s urban poverty project, focusing on the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project in India. ESID publications Burra, S., Mitlin,

Professor Diana Mitlin

Role Diana Mitlin is Professor of Global Urbanism and Managing Director at the Global Development Institute at The University of Manchester. Diana coordinates ESID’s capacity-strengthening activities and is leading the urban poverty project in India. Research Diana’s main

Urban poverty in India

Title Understanding reasons to account for the specific nature and impacts of state interventions to reduce urban poverty in India, and the influence of civil society on such interventions, through a study of government programmes, including the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal