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Facts and fictions about toilets in Chennai

Talk by Nithya Raman

Wednesday, November 06, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall

Nithya Raman (Photo: author provided)


Abstract: This talk will examine the information and the processes used to plan for and monitor public toilets in the south Indian city of Chennai. While informal knowledge about toilets held by lower level bureaucrats is very accurate, the official databases used by city managers for planning, budgeting, and monitoring are inaccurate and sometimes entirely fictionalized. What are the implications of these inaccuracies on toilets in the city? And are there ways to capture the knowledge of lower level officials for use in formal planning processes?

This talk draws from the work of the Transparent Chennai project, an effort to create public maps and shared information about neglected civic issues, especially those affecting the poor.


Bio: Nithya Raman is an urban planner and researcher that has worked and written on issues of transparency and accountability, urban governance, and access to services and land rights for the urban poor.  She founded the Transparent Chennai project in 2010, which creates maps and information about neglected civic issues like public toilets and access to services to inform and support advocacy by and for the urban poor. 


Free and Open to the Public!
Light refreshment will be served.
Parking: Daily parking in Lot 3, $12
Pay by space parking available in Lot 3 North

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Sponsor(s): Center for India and South Asia

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