Co-designing urban play spaces to improve migrant children’s wellbeing

Think tank: Institute of Development Studies

Author(s): Anandini Dar; Divya Chopra

June 24, 2022

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies looks at internal urban migration in India.

Between 2001 and 2011, India’s urban population increased from almost 28 per cent to just over 31 per cent. Almost 139 million people migrated to cities (mainly Delhi and Mumbai), often bringing their children with them. Most live in poverty in informal settlements that lack basic infrastructure and services. Their children are often out of school and have no safe spaces to play. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), ratified by India in 1989, recognises children’s right to play as fundamental to their social, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Urban planners need to involve children in co-designing better neighbourhoods that accommodate children’s right to play.