Devising local coping mechanisms and adaptation technologies to build climate-resilience capacities of urban poor in South Asia

Mahila Housing SEWA Trust received funding to empower women from slums in seven South Asian cities to take action against the most pressing climate-related risks facing their communities: heat waves, flooding, water scarcity; and water and vector borne diseases. Through the improved availability of real-time micro data, the team could equip the urban poor with the tools and know-how to undertake vulnerability and risk assessments and implement their own resilience plans. Utilizing a network of woman advocates, they could empower these communities to influence city planning so that their cities adopt adaptation and resilience actions that reflect a pro-poor agenda. Click here to download the solution statement.


South and Southeast Asia


  • India
  • Nepal
  • Bangladesh

Team Lead

Renana Jhabvala, Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, India

Lead Organization

  • Mahila Housing SEWA Trust

Local Partners

  • HomeNet South Asia
  • Centre for Environment Education
  • EMBARQ India Geotech Consultant
  • Himadiri Enviro-Protection Consultants Pvt. Ltd
  • Indian Institute of Public Health (Gandhinagar)
  • P H Shah & Co. Chartered Accountants
  • SELCO Solar Light Pvt Ltd
  • Urban Management Centre
  • Development Alternatives
  • Vandemataram Projects Private Limited
  • Dr. Vijay Kohli (Entomologist)
  • Mr. Anindya Sarkar, (Disaster Management)
  • Mr. Kirtee Shah (Architect)
  • Mr. Arman Oza (Insurance Consultant)

International Partners

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider from (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Prof. Michael Elliott (Georgia Institute of Technology)