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Urban Poverty Alleviation in Bangalore

Empowerment, participation and enabling frameworks are fashionable concepts of the presentday development discourse, especially in relation to poverty alleviation. However, their application is tricky due to problems of definition and in terms of practical implementation. A study of a participatory urban poverty alleviation project in Bangalore depicts the problems in bringing these promising concepts into practice.

Coping with Urban Poverty

This paper tries to examine the socio-economic adjustments of families that have undergone decline in living standards within a brief period of time. The main earners in these families were once employed in the textile mills where most often, employment was regular and permanent with some degree of social security. These people have lost their jobs and all the other facilities which they were entitled to, becoming a part of the urban poor which draws its sustenance through employment in the informal/unorganised sector. How have they adjusted to their new economic status and what are the social institutions through which they are able to survive?
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