Right to the City
The Right to the City should imply liberty, freedom and the benefit of the city life for all; transparency, equity and efficiency in city administration; participation and respect in local democratic decision making; recognition of diversity in economic, social and cultural life and the reduction of poverty, social exclusion and urban violence. A rights-based approach can help generate the political will and create a culture of resource allocation that places the needs of vulnerable groups and individuals on an equal footing with the interests of those who are better off. The right to the city can be a powerful tool for social inclusion in cities. However, a right-based approach in the context of Indian cities has not yet been extensively documented and researched.
Urban Policies and the Right to the City in India: Rights, Responsibilities and Citizenship
Jointly prepared with the Centre des Sciences Humaines, New Delhi, with a financial support from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Urban Policies and the Right to the City in India: Rights, Responsibilities and Citizenship advocates for the mainstreaming of a rights-based approach in the design and implementation of urban development initiatives in India.
The publication is a compendium of 16 research policy-papers written by 14 eminent researchers covering several angles of the right to the city approach in India, such as, among others:
- Right to the City and Urban Citizenship
- Women’s Right to the City: from Safety to Citizenship?
- Migrants’ (Denied) Rights to the City
- A Human Rights’ Perspective for the Right to the City
The publication aims to advance the knowledge and research on the right to the city concept for a better understanding of inclusive societies and a better dissemination of good practices and initiatives, as well as to raise awareness among key decision-makers (local authorities) on the need to adopt a right-based approach to urbanization for a better inclusion of marginalized and vulnerable population in Indian cities. It is hoped that this publication will constitute a reference point for policy makers at the local level, as well a basis for the exchange of knowledge between researchers, city professionals and local authorities on developing inclusive cities.
Peer Review Meeting: Urban Policies and the Right to the City in India: Rights, Responsibilities and Citizenship
A peer review meeting to assess the first draft of the compendium on Urban Policies and the Right to the City in India: Rights, Responsibilities and Citizenship, was held on 23 March 2011 at the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi, with the participation of 25 national and international experts.
For more information contact:
Ms Marina Faetanini
Programme Specialist in Social and Human Sciences
UNESCO New Delhi