Shivaji Nagar, M East Ward: 2015 & 2020

The defining event of 2020 has been the COVID-19 pandemic. The compounding of already existent inequalities and challenges of the urban poor has led to a disproportionate negative impact of the pandemic as compared to the city’s more fortunate residents.

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How the lack of reliable data hurts the most vulnerable Indians

In this Scroll article, Arun Kumar talks about how the disenfranchisement of many of India’s urban poor has been a means of keeping labour vulnerable and cheap. This becomes possible because they are viewed by the state as illegal. This legalises their exclusion. To empower the urban poor, we must begin with the unconditional inclusion of the disenfranchised as citizens.

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Empowering the Urban Poor with Apnalaya

Bristlecone Labs speaks to Raghunandan Hegde – Director, Impact and Malathy Madathilezham – Director, Education & Livelihoods about how Apnalaya has had to pivot their operations to safeguard the right to survival for the community they serve in Mumbai.

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Covid funding hits other causes hard, NGOs struggle for funds

The Times of India article highlights how non-profits are pushing through hard times, as donors – both individuals and corporates – diverted their funds to Covid relief and PM Cares fund, while the FCRA bill in September imposed stiff conditions on bigger organisations and stopped their transfer to smaller ones.

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Mumbai City’s poor stare at joblessness and hunger

Arun Kumar speaks about how daily wagers have no savings because they went through a lockdown last year, as the pandemic set off a wave of unemployment and hunger. He also mentions of how NGOs have exhausted their funds as most donations went towards the health infrastructure.

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Vulnerable in Maximum City: Reimagining Mumbai

In this article for CSRMandate, Arun Kumar and Sarojini Pradhan talk about how the Covid-19 pandemic, which began as a health crisis in March 2020, quickly morphed into a humanitarian crisis. People began to talk about the “invisibles”, whose labour has been critical in running the city, becoming “visible” for the first time.

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Hot spot Govandi shows signs of improvement says BMC

In conversation with Hindustan Times, Arun Kumar says that there are a couple of things we need to determine if the situation has improved. “Have we increased the number of testing in wards like M-East whose more than 50% population lives in slums? Is there a behavioural change among residents towards social distancing norms?”

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Raising a stink

In This IDR article, Sarojini Pradhan and Momali Banerjee talk about how people in Shivaji Nagar still pay for toilets. At the onset of the COVID-19 lockdown, the government announced that no fees would be charged to use the toilets, but this does not seem to be the ground reality here.

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M-East ward achieves 1.3%, the lowest growth rate in Mumbai

In this Mumbai Mirror article, Arun Kumar says that he disagrees with BMC’s achievement claim. “These numbers of improving situation make little sense to me, as we have not had access to a number of crucial data. Be it ward wise data on testing or daily death numbers, there hasn’t been adequate transparency. Looking at the 42% people in slums, one feels we needed more granular strategy. It’s not been there.”

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Are all high-risk contacts being screened in Mumbai’s slums?

Discrepancies in the screening of high-risk contacts of Covid-19 patients in some of Mumbai’s most congested areas have become a cause for concern, as they could lead to further spread of infection. In conversation with Hindustan Times, Arun Kumar says that as people with weak immunity or compromised lungs are most susceptible to Covid-19, it is important to isolate them immediately to break the chain of infection,

Read More »

Caring for their own while caring for others

Apnalaya raised funds for insurance cover to its volunteers, who go from door to door distributing ration. Arun Kumar speaks to The Hindu, about how we didn’t “feel right” about the fact that while we were safe in our homes, our volunteers were out there, risking everything. “All our staffers have medical cover.”

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City slums prove to be biggest challenge in tackling Covid-19 battle

Stemming the spread of the pandemic in the city’s slums and congested areas is turning to be one of biggest challenges for the state and city administration. Arun Kumar tells Hindustan Times there is an urgent need to recognise that different pockets or wards of the city are differently equipped to handle the challenges thrown up by the pandemic.

Read More »

Data and privacy in the times of COVID-19

The insistence on individualised identification by donors throws up several questions on dignity of data and privacy. In this article for IDR, Arun Kumar and Raghunandan Hegde talk about The ‘Responsible Data Policy’ developed by Apnalaya and what elements it is based on.

Read More »

Shivaji Nagar, M East Ward: 2015 & 2020

The defining event of 2020 has been the COVID-19 pandemic. The compounding of already existent inequalities and challenges of the urban poor has led to a disproportionate negative impact of the pandemic as compared to the city’s more fortunate residents.

Read More »

Empowering the Urban Poor with Apnalaya

Bristlecone Labs speaks to Raghunandan Hegde – Director, Impact and Malathy Madathilezham – Director, Education & Livelihoods about how Apnalaya has had to pivot their operations to safeguard the right to survival for the community they serve in Mumbai.

Read More »

Covid funding hits other causes hard, NGOs struggle for funds

The Times of India article highlights how non-profits are pushing through hard times, as donors – both individuals and corporates – diverted their funds to Covid relief and PM Cares fund, while the FCRA bill in September imposed stiff conditions on bigger organisations and stopped their transfer to smaller ones.

Read More »

Vulnerable in Maximum City: Reimagining Mumbai

In this article for CSRMandate, Arun Kumar and Sarojini Pradhan talk about how the Covid-19 pandemic, which began as a health crisis in March 2020, quickly morphed into a humanitarian crisis. People began to talk about the “invisibles”, whose labour has been critical in running the city, becoming “visible” for the first time.

Read More »

Hot spot Govandi shows signs of improvement says BMC

In conversation with Hindustan Times, Arun Kumar says that there are a couple of things we need to determine if the situation has improved. “Have we increased the number of testing in wards like M-East whose more than 50% population lives in slums? Is there a behavioural change among residents towards social distancing norms?”

Read More »

M-East ward achieves 1.3%, the lowest growth rate in Mumbai

In this Mumbai Mirror article, Arun Kumar says that he disagrees with BMC’s achievement claim. “These numbers of improving situation make little sense to me, as we have not had access to a number of crucial data. Be it ward wise data on testing or daily death numbers, there hasn’t been adequate transparency. Looking at the 42% people in slums, one feels we needed more granular strategy. It’s not been there.”

Read More »

Are all high-risk contacts being screened in Mumbai’s slums?

Discrepancies in the screening of high-risk contacts of Covid-19 patients in some of Mumbai’s most congested areas have become a cause for concern, as they could lead to further spread of infection. In conversation with Hindustan Times, Arun Kumar says that as people with weak immunity or compromised lungs are most susceptible to Covid-19, it is important to isolate them immediately to break the chain of infection,

Read More »

Caring for their own while caring for others

Apnalaya raised funds for insurance cover to its volunteers, who go from door to door distributing ration. Arun Kumar speaks to The Hindu, about how we didn’t “feel right” about the fact that while we were safe in our homes, our volunteers were out there, risking everything. “All our staffers have medical cover.”

Read More »

City slums prove to be biggest challenge in tackling Covid-19 battle

Stemming the spread of the pandemic in the city’s slums and congested areas is turning to be one of biggest challenges for the state and city administration. Arun Kumar tells Hindustan Times there is an urgent need to recognise that different pockets or wards of the city are differently equipped to handle the challenges thrown up by the pandemic.

Read More »

Data and privacy in the times of COVID-19

The insistence on individualised identification by donors throws up several questions on dignity of data and privacy. In this article for IDR, Arun Kumar and Raghunandan Hegde talk about The ‘Responsible Data Policy’ developed by Apnalaya and what elements it is based on.

Read More »

How the lack of reliable data hurts the most vulnerable Indians

In this Scroll article, Arun Kumar talks about how the disenfranchisement of many of India’s urban poor has been a means of keeping labour vulnerable and cheap. This becomes possible because they are viewed by the state as illegal. This legalises their exclusion. To empower the urban poor, we must begin with the unconditional inclusion of the disenfranchised as citizens.

Read More »

Raising a stink

In This IDR article, Sarojini Pradhan and Momali Banerjee talk about how people in Shivaji Nagar still pay for toilets. At the onset of the COVID-19 lockdown, the government announced that no fees would be charged to use the toilets, but this does not seem to be the ground reality here.

Read More »

Mumbai City’s poor stare at joblessness and hunger

Arun Kumar speaks about how daily wagers have no savings because they went through a lockdown last year, as the pandemic set off a wave of unemployment and hunger. He also mentions of how NGOs have exhausted their funds as most donations went towards the health infrastructure.

Read More »

Downlaod the Report

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Downlaod the Report

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