Biography of Jockin Arputham
Jockin Arputham has worked for more than 40 years in ‘slums’ and shanty towns, building representative organizations into powerful partners with governments and international agencies for the betterment of urban living.
Arputham is the president of the National Slum Dwellers Federation which he founded in the 70s and of Slum Dwellers International which networks slum dwellers from over twenty countries across the world.
The National Slum Dwellers Federation works very closely with Mahila Milan, a collective of women living on pavements and in slums across India, and with SPARC, a Mumbai-based NGO, and together they have been instrumental is supporting tens of thousands of the urban poor access housing and sanitation.
Jockin Arputham is currently residing in Mumbai. He was the winner of the 2000 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace and International Understanding. He is well known for his charisma and excellent public speaking.
Jockin Arputham Biography
Jockin Arputham was born to Tamilian parents in the Kolar district of Karnataka, India, in 1947. In 1963 he moved to Mumbai where he worked as a carpenter and building contractor.
Jockin Arputham quickly became involved in community action within the settlement where he lived and worked, organising efforts to get the household wastes collected, setting up informal schools for children, and establishing water connections.
In 1976 the settlement of some 70,000 people in which he lived were made the subject of an eviction order, however under the leadership of Arputham the eviction order was successfully fought and the National Slum Dwellers Federation was established to protect slum dwellers and promote the development of slum areas.