Jockin Arputham of Slum Dwellers International Accepts Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship





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Published on Apr 23, 2014

Slum Dwellers International (SDI) (Cape Town, South Africa)
Social entrepreneur: Jockin Arputham
"Leading Slum Dwellers around the World to Improve Their Cities"


In 2008—for the first time in history—more people were living in urban than in rural areas. Today, more than one billion people live in slums. Founded by a collective of slum dwellers and concerned professionals headed by Jockin Arputham, a community organizer in India, Slum Dwellers International works to have slums recognized as vibrant, resourceful, and dignified communities. SDI organizes slum dwellers to take control of their futures; improve their living conditions; and gain recognition as equal partners with governments and international organizations in the creation of inclusive cities. With programs in nearly 500 cities, including more than 15,000 slum dweller-managed savings groups reaching one million people; 20 agreements with national governments; and nearly 130,000 families who have secured land rights, SDI has been a driving force for change for slum dwellers around the world.

Jockin Arputham, Indian, born on 15.08.46 President, NSDF & SDI. He also helped found SDI through which federations of slum & shack dwellers in more than 20 countries support each other & learn from each other. Building people's organizations, promotion of participatory planning & implementation in urban slums,ensuring women's involvement in community participation, savings&credit, designing specific interventions in public sanitation & shelter, networking among slum-dwellers both nationally & internationally South Africa & 7 other countries in Asia and Africa). Has experience of working with the urban poor in 14 Indian cities & several cities abroad as well for more than 30 years.

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship accelerates the impact of the world's leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and large scale social change.

The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world's most pressing problems.


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