Friday, February 11, 2011

16 February 2011: Transforming Slums and Transcending Poverty with an Innovative Water and Sanitation Paradigm

Himanshu Parikh
Consulting Engineers

A third of the urban population around the world lives in shanties and ghettos.
Can this change? Slum Networking exploits the powerful correlation between
distressed urban areas and natural drainage paths to transform the environment
and infrastructure of not just run down areas but the city as a whole. Slums
are no longer liabilities but, instead, wonderful catalysts of change. It is
an example of how Engineering can change lives. In the bargain, the knock on
effects on health, education, incomes and social conditions of the poor are

The work has so far covered a million people and questions our basic
assumptions about poverty and the resourcefulness of the poor. The approach
amalgamates constructive partnerships with business to multiply resources,
reduce aid dependency and facilitate mechanisms of secure tenure, micro-banking
and democratic decentralisation. In the process, some of the conventional
paradigms of development are also challenged.

Date: February 16, 2011
Time: 12:30 P.M.

Second Floor Conference Room,
The World Bank,
70 Lodi Estate,
New Delhi-110003(INDIA)


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