Jockin Arputham died on 13 October 2018. A slum leader who redefined the role of slum/shack dwellers first in Mumbai, then in India and then globally. Founder of the first National Slum Dwellers Federation (NSDF) and one of the founders of Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI). For more than 50 years, Jockin had sought to ensure that the residents of slums/informal settlements and their organisations were at the centre of designing and implementing solutions. In 2014, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, alongside SDI.
But Jockin has not left the room… because his incredible gift to us, the federation approach, lives on.2 His vision of giving voice and a seat at the development table to all the urban poor needs to continue guiding us all.