National Slum Dwellers Federation(NSDF)
NSDF was founded in the mid 1970s and is a national organisation of community groups and leaders who live in slums/informal settlements across India. Its main aim is to mobilise the urban poor to come together, articulate their concerns and find solutions to the problems they face. Today the NSDF works with about half a million households in the country. In 2000, the President and Founder of NSDF, A. Jockin, was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Mr. Jockin was given Doctorate by KITS University in Orrisa in 2009. He was feliciated with ASIAN OF THE YEAR 2010 by Readers Digest, and more he was also awarded for his service in India by the Government of India with Padmashree in 2011.
Mahila-Milan means “Women Together” in Hindi and is a decentralized network of poor women’s collectives that manage credit and savings activities in their communities. Mahila Milan aims to provide a space for women to take on important decision making roles and be recognized for their critical contributions towards improving the lives of their communities. Mahila Milan was initiated in 1986 when 500 women who lived on Mumbai’s pavements organized themselves to successfully prevent the demolitions of their homes. Today, Mahila Milan has given out tens of thousands of loans to poor women all across the country and has collected savings worth millions of rupees.
The NSDF organises and mobilises the urban poor and negotiates with resource providing institutions, Mahila Milan supports and trains women’s collectives to administer and manage their community’s resources and participate in NSDF activities, and SPARC provides the administrative, financial, policy, documentation and other support necessary for these processes to be successful on the ground.
The Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC)
SPARC is one of the largest Indian NGOs working on housing and infrastructure issues for the urban poor. In 1984, when SPARC was formed, it began working with the most vulnerable and invisible of Mumbai’s urban poor – the pavement dwellers. SPARC’s philosophy is that if we can develop solutions that work for the poorest and most marginalised in the city, then these solutions can be scaled up to work for other groups of the urban poor across the country and internationally.