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Workshop on Housing for All: Lessons Learnt and Way Forward

October 14, 2014, IHC New Delhi

The rising urban population in India would not only need formal employment in the urban centres but would also require shelter in the form of quality affordable housing. Recent estimates by the Technical Group on Urban Housing Shortage (2012) indicate that there is an urban housing shortage of 18.78 million housing units, more than 95 percent of which is in the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Lower Income Group (LIG). As per projection by the Mckinsey Global Institute (2012), the housing shortage in India could go up to 38 million units by 2030. Thus a two-pronged approach would facilitate to bridge this gap between demand and supply – a) augmenting supply of affordable housing and b) upgrading the existing informal underserved slum settlements. 

Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT) have collaborated under the aegis of Indo-German Environment Partnership (IGEP) Program in order to develop a common understanding from the ground-level work that they have been doing separately in cities like Raipur, Tirupati, Ahmedabad and Bhopal on in-situ slum upgrading and share the knowledge with a wider spectrum of stakeholders. In this regard a national level consultation was organised by MHT in collaboration with GIZ on October 14, 2014 in order to take learning from in-situ upgrading forward. 

Representatives from CEPT University Ahmedabad, Environmental Planning Collaborative (EPC), Ahmedabad, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), Micro Homes Solution, Delhi, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Delhi, Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Bhopal Municipal Corporation, HUDCO and School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi participated in the workshop. Officials from private sector organisations like Morficon Systems and Syntex Industries also took part in this session to put forth their perspective. 
After the keynote address by Smt. Renana Jhabvala, Executive Trustee, MHT and a warm welcome of all the participants by MHT, Dr. Regina Dube briefly presented GIZ’s work and the objective of the workshop. This was followed by various technical sessions where following topics were discussed: 

•    Integrating Information Technology in collecting, analysing and managing information base about the urban poor
•    Alternative construction technologies 
•    Making housing provisions for the urban poor through process innovations
•    Role of private sector in making housing supply for the urban poor
•    Redistributing the land value captured 

The day ended by summing up the successes, challenges and the lessons learned, over the past years specially in the context of ‘Technology’ and ‘Innovation’ for in-situ slum upgrading. This deliberation will contribute in the forthcoming “Housing for All Programme” in the near future. 


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Shirley Ballaney, Architect Urban Planner, EPC Environmental Planning Collaborative, Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad Muncipal Corporation (AMC)
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