With growing population, India confronts a major problem of sustainable housing. While the government has launched large-scale affordable housing programmes under Rajiv Awas Yojana, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, and various state-level schemes, a lot has to be done to meet the growing demand. We work on the ways to bridge the housing gap in both rural and urban areas and make affordable habitat available, especially, to the poor.

Mainstreaming Sustainable Social Housing in India: Findings and insights from the MaS-SHIP project

Mainstreaming Sustainable Social Housing in India project (MaS-SHIP) is a research project funded by the United Nations Environment’s 10 Year Framework Programme (10YFP), that aims to identify what the impacts and benefits of housing production at scale, such as that of the Housing for All by 2022 mission, could be – for our environment, our economy, and our communities – and to provide a method for identifying the most optimal building materials and systems. This publication elaborates the methodology adopted for arriving at the outcomes and provides links to DST for its easy implementation. It also proposes and discusses the policy implications of mainstreaming sustainable social housing in India and the utility of the DST in supporting these endeavours.

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Achieving Resource Synergies for a Rapidly Urbanising India

This document is an outcome of a project titled "Achieving Resource Synergies for a Rapidly Urbanising India", funded by Heinrich Boll Foundation, for the economic development, social empowerment and environment management of our society. The aim of this paper is to understand the resource implications of growth and upcoming natural resource conflicts and constraints, with a focus on the construction sector in urban India. The paper also explores the desired transformations to redefine the development pathway of the country. Further, this paper identifies the opportunities to build synergies in order to do more, do different and/or do better.

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