Pune It's been a long wait of three years for nearly 1,000 families from the economically weaker section in the city staying on non-developmental zones such as hill slopes and river banks. But three months from now, they will be able to move to their own flats in January 2010.

Even as the state government will bid for the funds under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to set up dwellings for urban poor in the city, the state is yet to define the criteria for the beneficiaries.

This paper describes the nationwide “slum” upgrading (Baan Mankong) programme in Thailand, which supports community organizations to find their own solutions to getting land for housing. Between 2003 and 2008, the programme supported 512 upgrading initiatives involving 1,010 communities.

This paper describes and discusses community-driven land tenure initiatives to address the issue of access to land in urban areas in the Philippines. This includes countering actual and threatened displacements from market-driven land, housing and urban development policies, mega-infrastructure development and disasters.

This paper discusses the land struggles of the urban poor in Zimbabwe and the emerging strategies used by the alliance of the Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation and its partner Dialogue on Shelter to address these struggles in the face of continued economic and political crisis.

This paper reviews whether land titling programmes have achieved the benefits claimed by their proponents. It finds that they have generally failed to do so.

Following the Pol Pot era in Cambodia, the high levels of poverty, rapid urban growth and low level of community organization were exacerbated by an absence of government support for the poor. The Urban Poor Development Fund (UPDF) was established in 1998 to provide support to a growing number of community-based savings groups.

This paper describes the changes in official policy on riverside development in Surabaya, negotiated by the residents of low-income riverside settlements through their organization, Paguyuban Warga Strenkali Surabaya (PWS).

Shalimar Bagh multi-layer underground parking lot

In September 2008, residents of Shalimar Bagh were asked to choose between neighbourhood park

In the rush to complete housing projects, environment seems to be the last thing on the Delhi Government