Mapping urban poverty for local governance in an Indian mega-city: The case of Delhi

Isa Baud*, N. Sridharan, K. Pfeffer

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The article maps urban poverty, using the 'livelihoods assets framework' to develop a new index of multiple deprivation, examining the implications for area and sector targeting by policy-makers. This article deals with the index and the results for Delhi. The study maps: The spatial concentration of poverty; the diversity of deprivation at ward level; whether poverty is concentrated in slums; and correlations between voting patterns and poverty levels. The index uses census data disaggregated to electoral-ward level for multicriteria analysis, through GIS. Results show that hotspots of poverty are diverse in character, but are not concentrated in slum areas, with strong implications for policy-making and poverty studies methodology. These results suggest that the new index allows better insight into poverty with better targeting possibilities for policy-makers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1385-1412
Number of pages28
JournalUrban studies
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes




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