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Jockin Arputham Memorial Lecture: Urban Social Movements and Voices from Below.

7th October 2019 @ 13:00 15:00

Join Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and friends to pay tribute to Jockin Arputham, the late co-founder and president of SDI – a global network of organised urban poor communities active in 33 cities, 488 cities, and tens of thousands of slums. Jockin was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee who fought for the rights of slum dwellers for over 40 years – going back to the early 1970s when he tried to stop the bulldozing of the settlement in which he lived. Out of frustration and necessity, Jockin linked with some of Mumbai’s poorest women to stop evictions and improve the slums they were living in. That small group has grown into SDI – a global grassroots movement of the poorest of the poor. Today, SDI is present in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, upgrading slums and fighting evictions day in and day out, struggling to build more inclusive cities, economies, and political systems.

In this event, fellow slum dweller leaders, notable academics, and development professionals will honor Jockin’s life and work. We will explore its growing relevance and urge those present to take this work for inclusive, resilient cities to new heights. With climate change and rapid urbanization presenting cities with increasingly urgent and complex issues related to inclusiveness and resilience, we call upon citizens, governments, and other urban decision makers the world around to work together towards innovative solutions.

Speakers will include:
·         Arjun Appadurai, Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University
·         David Satterthwaite, Senior Fellow, Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development
·         Rose Molokoane, South African community leader & SDI Management Committee member
·         Sonia Fadrigo, Philippines community leader & SDI Management Committee member

Will you join us?
Your presence would be of great value. It is important for slum dwellers to be heard and recognized, because only when they are heard can they be part of the solution.

Please let us know if you will attend. You can register at

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