About us

About Us

Based in Pune, Shelter Associates comprises architects, social workers, geographic information systems (GIS) analysts and community workers. SA is a team of architects, social workers, geographic information systems (GIS) analysts, and community workers. Volunteers from different parts of the world also work for us.

Our Vision

An India where every citizen has access to basic infrastructure and secure tenure, leading to equal distribution of rights.

Our Mission

To empower communities living in informal settlements to pursue their right to dignity and an elevated quality of life.

Our Philosophy

To work with all stakeholders, including the urban poor, elected representatives, government officials and CSOs working for the poor, to generate inclusive policies and projects which are effective, impactful, sustainable and scalable.

Our Strategy

We have a three-pronged strategy to attain our mission:

Generate spatial data to promote inclusive and city-wide planning approaches for the equitable distribution of civic resources.

Advocate for improved delivery of essential services like sanitation and water.

Planning and negotiating with the local and state governments for access to housing and security of tenure for the urban poor.


We intend to impact government policies aimed at improving living conditions of the urban poor and prioritize conceptualisation and implementation of exemplary projects. We also aim at using our experience and research findings to raise awareness of development issues in India while mobilizing government resources.