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Theme: WIEGO
Region(s): Asia ; India
By Bhalla, Nita.

Across towns and cities in India, it is not uncommon to see women cleaning building sites, carrying bricks and or shoveling gravel - helping construct the infrastructure necessary for the country's economic and social development.

India Awards for solutions from India Journalism of Courage World . (12 December 2014)
By Sinha, Amitabh.

IT began  as an effort to provide dignity to some of the rag-pickers in Kolkata four years ago, and quickly developed into an effective urban waste collection and recycling model that is now helping avoid over 500 tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions every year.

Una delegación de recicladores de países como la India, Brasil, Sur África y Colombia hacen presencia en esta séptima edición del Foro Urbano Mundial. Maitreyi Shankar, es una de las líderes en la India de la fundación Wiego (Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing) y habló sobre la problemática de los recicladores en los distintos países.

Colombia India Spain Waste-picker from city loses chance to speak at world forum The Indian Express . (30 March 2014)

With the Spain Embassy refusing to provide transit visa, a woman waste-picker from Kagad Kach Patra Kashtkari Panchayat (KKPKP), who had been invited to speak at the World Urban Forum 2014 to be organised in Columbia on “Urban Equity in Development”, had to cancel her plan.

By Dattatrye More, Manoj.

City based workers’ cooperative, SWaCH (Solid Waste Collection and Handling) — which keeps Pune city clean by collecting tonnes of waste daily — gains the spotlight on national television in India for its stellar contributions toward keeping the city clean.


In spite of this, the organisation is yet to gain support it needs to keep going — especially from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

India Money from Rubbish The Economist . (2 November 2013)

Waste picker Sonia Dias, a waste expert from WIEGO, a non-profit global network based at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, says better links between the waste pickers’ co-operatives are needed.

By Sinha, Shalini.

Shalini Sinha is WIEGO's Home-Based Worker Sector Specialist.

India Out of India’s Trash Heaps, More Than a Shred of Dignity The New York Times . (12 June 2013)
By Bansal, Sarika.

An article about waste pickers in India and KKPKP, SEWA, and WIEGO.

India United States Martha Alter Chen '65 is a Champion of Forgotten Workers Around the World Connecticut College Magazine . (1 January 2013)
By Carey, Patricia M..

Lunching in a Harvard Square restaurant, Martha Alter Chen '65 comes across as a typical American professor, with her thick white hair, glasses and an academic's precise use of language. But her mild-mannered appearance is protective coloration for a self-described economic anthropologist whose life and work are embedded in another culture.

India PMC to Reward the Cleanest Wards The Times of India . (14 July 2012)

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has sent notices to about 4.5 lakh people for not segregating waste. "Waste pickers were asked to report about societies where garbage is not segregated. Using this data our officials went to localities to identify people. The PMC is planning to take strict action … to promote and successfully run the zero-garbage scheme."