Pratima Joshi

Executive Director, Shelter Associates, India

Pratima Joshi is executive director at Shelter Associates (SA). She recognized the need to facilitate basic services to citizens two decades before today's focus on urban planning and development, leading her to establish SA in 1993. Since then, through her organization, she has impacted over 9000 slum residents by facilitating their access to housing and over 370,000 (directly and indirectly) by enabling access to safe sanitation. Pratima also pioneered the use of spatial data for service delivery and has collected household-level data for over 287,000 slum houses in India. A practitioner for over 25 years, Pratima has constantly been using her knowledge to further SA's cause. She conceptualized the intricacies of what participative design would look like on the ground for both housing and sanitation and built the sensitivity required for bringing multiple stakeholders together on a single project. Strongly believing in sharing knowledge, Pratima regularly speaks and presents her work across the world, participates in policy discussions and plays advisory roles in government programs such as the Rajiv Awas Yojna. Pratima was a recipient of an Aga Khan scholarship for her master's in architecture, building design for developing countries, at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, London.


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