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Slum networking - A paradigm shift to transcend poverty with water, environmental sanitation and hidden resources

Parikh, H; Parikh, P; (2009) Slum networking - A paradigm shift to transcend poverty with water, environmental sanitation and hidden resources. In: Water and Urban Development Paradigms: Towards an Integration of Engineering, Design and Management Approaches. (pp. 357-370). CRC Press Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores an alternative development paradigm which shifts from the present ‘social paternalism’ to the one which uses water and environmental sanitation infrastructure to alleviate poverty. As aid is neither adequate nor sustainable, it argues that aid dependence for infrastructure investment can be overcome by inherent resources within the developing world and the hereto unrecognised latent resources of the ‘poor’. On the technical side, an innovative concept of Slum Networking is put forward to bridge the gap between the costs and affordability. It exploits the correlation between slums, natural riverine paths and infrastructure at macro level and technical innovations at micro level to improve performance and provide house-to-house integrated services at costs less than public latrines and handpumps. The paper is based both on actual work covering about a million people in India as well as research and data analysis of developed and undeveloped slum settlements.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Slum networking - A paradigm shift to transcend poverty with water, environmental sanitation and hidden resources
ISBN-13: 978-0-415-48334-6
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1201/9780203884102.ch44
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1201/9780203884102.ch44
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett Sch of Const and Proj Mgt
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1363766
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