ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Unpacking Participation in Kathputli Colony

Delhi’s First Slum Redevelopment Project, Act I

This paper examines Delhi's first slum in situ redevelopment project under public-private partnership undertaken by the Delhi Development Authority in Kathputli Colony. At a time where the principle of community participation is recognised in policy documents, this research focuses on its implementation in this project, at the ground level, highlighting the challenges of participation in the context of a settlement with multiple communities. A preliminary assessment raises a series of questions regarding the management of such redevelopment projects. It further illustrates core issues for participation and mobilisation, including the role of non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations.

The research presented in this paper is part of two larger international programmes: (i) "Urban Chances – City Growth and the Sustainability Challenge" funded by the European Framework Programme (FP7) from 2010 to 2014; and (ii) "Citizens and the State in Urban India" supported by a grant from the UK's Economic and Social Research Council, under a programme fi nanced by DFID. Financial support from Institute of Research for Development, as well as logistic support from the Centre de Sciences Humaines, Delhi and the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi, are also acknowledged. We are most grateful to the residents of Kathputli Colony and all other respondents for their cooperation during our interviews. Discussions and valuable comments from Partha Mukhopadhyay, Shahana Sheikh, Arkaja Singh, Michael Walton, Marie-Hélène Zérah and David Adler helped us in fi nalising this paper. All other disclaimers apply.

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