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India: Prayasam’s endeavour into Calcutta’s slums

KOLKATA, India – “When I first visited the slums…The community became my canvas and the children became my paint brushes and colours,” said Amlan Ganguly, founder of Prayasam (Endeavours) to me during an interview on the balcony of his home and

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Saving Tanzania’s Underground Hip Hop Scene

ARUSHA, Tanzania, Jun 18 2014 (IPS) – Inside a dark, cramped, music studio on Arusha’s hillside slum of Kijenge Juu, a thumping hip hop beat rattles the window-less room. A soft-spoken 26-year-old who goes by the name Raf MC steps up

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Q & A on the growth of slums with Tanzanian urbanist Alphonce Kyessi

Alphonce G. Kyessi is a researcher and consultant in the field of human settlements planning, development and management. He is currently employed as an associate research professor at the Institute of Human Settlements Studies at Ardhi University in Dar es Salaam. His

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The slum series – Welcome to Arusha

ARUSHA, Tanzania — Driving from Arusha’s Impala roundabout to the suburb of Njiro, a relic of a railway cuts across the road, almost acting as a demarcation line between extreme wealth and extreme poverty in this city. On one side

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