Talking Habitat: Housing and City Futures

By on October 12th 2021

A Twitter chat on housing and city futures organised by India Housing Report on the occasion of World Habitat Day, October 4, 2021.

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Bridging the gap between housing finance companies and customers: Q&A with Ganesh Shankar, Homehub

By on September 30th 2021

This is the second post in a series on the India Housing Report focusing on digital technology and tech entrepreneurship in housing, where we try and examine what motivates entrepreneurs in this area, the challenges and potential of using digital solutions, and whether India is ready for such innovative products in the informal housing market. In this piece, we interview Ganesh Shankar, Co-Founder of Homehub, about their product and services.

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Tech for risk reduction and quality improvement in self-built housing: Q&A with Marco Ferrario, mHS Global Impact

By on September 22nd 2021

Digital technology and tech entrepreneurship in housing is rapidly evolving in the Indian context, especially around the affordable housing segment. This is the first post in a series on the India Housing Report focusing on this space, where we try and examine what motivates entrepreneurs in this area, the challenges and potential of using digital solutions, and whether India is ready for such innovative products in the informal housing market.

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Addressing information asymmetries to enable housing coproduction: Q&A with Rohit Lahoti and Sayali Marawar

By on August 24th 2021

The role of access to information in empowering the poor is well-acknowledged in India and reinforced by the experience of the Right to Information Act, 2005. However, information asymmetries continue to hamper the ability of the poor to make informed decisions about their future. A new online resource seeks to address this gap in the context of housing. The IHR team speaks to the founders about their motivations, challenges and aspirations for this platform.

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Facilitating housing finance for those with unclear titles

By on August 10th 2021

A report on IHR’s first webinar on Friday, 30th July on housing finance access to those with unclear titles. With experience across rural and urban contexts, the panel discussion revealed the complexities of the issue and highlighted potential directions for intervention.

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Housing finance access for those with unclear titles: Has the needle shifted?

By on July 26th 2021

Webinar on Friday, 30 July 2021, 5 PM IST onwards on Zoom, with a live-stream on Facebook

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Visual storytelling as evidence: How the Missing Basti Project is helping us talk about housing evictions in Delhi

By on July 22nd 2021

The poor in India’s cities have endured evictions and demolitions of their homes and settlements for decades now. While long legal and political battles have sometimes resulted in a modicum of justice through rehabilitation of affected households, demolitions themselves are irreversible acts that forever destroy a settlement and transform the area. initiatives like the Missing Basti Project (MBP) seek to document these erasures by utilising the power of the Internet to create an archive of material memory.

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The What, Why, And How Of Changing Cooling Energy Consumption In India’s Urban Households

By on May 28th 2021

India’s urbanising middle class is at the brink of an unprecedented increase in residential cooling demand. New research by Centre for Policy Research and the University of Oxford answers a set of fundamental questions around India’s cooling transition.

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The Missing Basti Project

By on April 20th 2021

An initiative to archive past and ongoing evictions in Delhi to question as well as mobilize action for the prevention of further evictions.

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Emerging partnerships in low-income housing finance: Q&A with Manikandan K.P.

By on December 28th 2020

As the housing finance ecosystem adapts to service low-income housing, targeted interventions that build trust and connect disparate actors in the housing supply chain can bring transformative change. In this Q&A, Institution Builder and India Housing Federation co-founder Manikandan K. P. points out the opportunities and insights that led to a successful housing finance intervention for households availing the beneficiary-led construction (BLC) component of India’s flagship public housing scheme, the PMAY.

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