• Almost 1 billion people, or 32 per cent of the world’s urban population, live in slums, the majority of them in the developing world1
  • India is witnessing rapid urbanization. According to Census 2011, about 377 million Indians comprising 31.14% of the country’s population lived in urban areas
  • The urban population is projected to grow to about 600 million (40%) by 2031 and 850 million (50%) by 2051.
  • Rapid urbanization brings challenges including meeting accelerated demand for basic services, infrastructure, jobs, land and affordable housing, particularly for the urban poor.
  • Slum dwellers have limited access to credit and formal job markets due to stigmatization, discrimination and geographic isolation. Slums are often recipients of the city’s nuisances, including industrial effluent and noxious waste, and the only land accessible to slum dwellers is often fragile, dangerous or polluted – land that no one else wants.
  • People in slum areas suffer inordinately from water-borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera, as well as more opportunistic ones that accompany HIV/AIDS. Slum women – and the children they support – are the greatest victims of all.
  • Slum areas are also commonly believed to be places with a high incidence of crime, although this is not universally true since slums with strong social control systems will often have low crime rates (United Nations Human Settlement Programme, 2003).


  • Mapping community data to sustainable development goals in urban slums
  • Utilize community level data in urban slums to derive decision making
  • Explore gender differences for various SDG indicators among urban slums
  • Determine association between various SDG indicators across urban slums

Sampling and Methodology

  • Study design-cross sectional
  • Study period- June 2016- ongoing
  • Selection of slum clusters-Zone-Distance- travel time- travel cost
  • Households chosen- 10% of households from each locality in each zone selected


Upcoming study

The study have been extended to the next level to apporach the people of these same slums and other remaining slums of Delhi for doing profiling of slums

Funding by

Foundation of Healthcare Technologies Society