Outside water tap in Madanpur Khadar Resettlement Colony, Delhi, India. Credit: Gail Wilson, University of Glasgow

This article was originally published by SAGE publications in ‘Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit’. Please visit the link below to view and download the full article.


India’s capital city Delhi is facing an unprecedented public health crisis that is not receiving sufficient government attention. Rapid urbanisation is part of the challenge. For too long public authorities have neglected the needs of its expanding poor communities for decent and dignified living conditions. Meanwhile, affluent groups benefit from various government privileges that seem difficult to justify. One way of disrupting the inertia is for civil society organisations to engage communities in building a compelling evidence base to hold decision-makers to account and demand social change.

Turok, I. (2020). Delhi’s public health crisis and the neglect of urbanisation. Local Economy35(1), 3–6. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094220902448