The Rajiv Awas Yojana, in its call for a “slum-free India” begins from the recognition of the right of the poor to be in the city. RAY calls for slums to be brought into the formal system with an upgrading of basic amenities; the redressal of “the failures of the formal system that lie behind the creation of slums;” and the need to address the problem of urban land and affordable housing for the poor. This conference seeks thus to address the critical question of urban poverty, to create better, sustainable habitats for those who currently live in slums, and to think about new systems of urban governance, that can tackle the challenge of urbanization.
We invite speakers to consider what sorts of economic, social, political and cultural issues must be considered as we think about the so-called end of slums.
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Conference sponsors: Center for South Asia Studies, Global Metropolitan Studies, and the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Kanwal & Ann Rekhi Foundation