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  • An Alternative Urban Vision for India – Affordable Housing

    I recently attended the First Habitat Summit, a joint initiative by India Habitat Centre and Urban Habitats Forum. There were some of the discussions which I feel qualify as a good read for the BoP community. One of them was on the topic of Affordable Housing. This engaging session was chaired by Ashish Karamchandani from Monitor Group...

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  • Franchising in Frontier Markets

    Last week, I attended a workshop on "Franchising in Frontier Markets" hosted by IFC and the John Templeton Foundation. More than 50 investors, consultants, and practitioners using franchise-based methods to serve BoP markets participated in what turned out to be a very interactive day - very few presentations, and lots of talking...

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  • Low-cost housing in Mumbai: A market at the base of the pyramid?

    Estimates suggest that India has a shortfall of more than 25 million low-cost or affordable houses. The result is sprawling slums that ring some of the country’s largest cities and a bewildering maze of tenement buildings in which three-generations-under-one-roof-families jostle for space and privacy in spaces of 150 square feet and above. As Supriya Menon said recently, they say it is easy to find everything in Mumbai except for a house ( BBC , 15 June). Just lik...

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  • Interview: Frank Pichel and Joseph Okyere on Unlocking Dead Capital through Land Titling

    The lack of access to land and housing property rights has been deemed as one of the main obstacles to wealth creation and economic growth amongst low income populations. This is the area of focus of a project currently piloted by various private sector actors in Ghana...

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  • Portfolios of the Poor: Financial Diaries of the Bottom Billion

    Last night I had the pleasure of attending a book discussion for Portfolios of the Poor: How the World?s Poor Live on $2 a Day. The recently released book focuses on methodology and new ways of thinking about the bottom billion. They focused on roughly 300 urban and rural households...

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  • After a Small Car, it?s a Small Home from Tata Housing

    Bangalore: Soon after Tata Motors Ltd launched the Nano, touted as the world’s cheapest car, another group company announced on Wednesday that it will build homes that cost between Rs3.9 lakh and Rs6.7 lakh. Privately held Tata Housing Development Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Tata Sons Ltd, has launched the first of these projects, branded Shubh Griha, in Boisar, a distant suburb in Mumbai, the company said. The firm will invest up to Rs100 crore in a 1,200-unit township in the ...

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    Live Mint (link opens in a new window)
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  • Something to Cheer: Nano Homes for Rs 3-5 Lakh

    BANGALORE: Creating products and services for the bottom of the pyramid is the sweet spot where social objectives marry economic benefits. After cars and mobile calls, developers and social entrepreneurs are looking at creating ‘Nano’ homes. On the anvil are houses for between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5 lakh for a constituency as diverse as domestic help, taxi drivers, plumbers, senior citizens, graduates, newly wed couples - basically, those who earn between Rs 6,500 and Rs 13,000 ...

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    The Times of India (link opens in a new window)
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  • Builders, Politicians Cheer Affordable Homes in India

    Mumbai: A recent state government lottery for about 4,000 low-cost apartments in Mumbai drew more than 430,000 applications, underlining the need for affordable housing in a country where housing is also a top election issue. Political parties of all hues have seized on affordable homes as a vote getter in India’s ongoing general election, plugging in to the frustration of millions priced out of a real estate boom fuelled by a robust economy and a six-year bull market. Devel...

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    Live Mint (link opens in a new window)
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