Centre for Inclusive Habitat (CIHab)

Centre for Inclusive Habitat (CIHab)


CIHab initiative, erstwhile known as DIY Toolkit for Community-Led Development, intends to provide critical technical assistance and ecosystem support to urban, state-recognised low-income communities in cities across multiple states. This toolkit aims to equip these communities to actively participate in imagining, planning, and designing their habitats through a co-production process. By successfully demonstrating the self development approach, the project aims to uplift community agency.


Rohit Lahoti

Founder of DIY Toolkit for community-led development, is an architect and an urban development practitioner. With more than 4 years of work experience, he is an alumnus of University College London and a recipient of Commonwealth Scholarship. Inclusive approach towards housing has been his passion, which he has been working towards persistently and in different capacities.

Sayali M

Sayali is a mission-driven social development practitioner with a strong focus on housing solutions for the urban poor as a means to alleviate urban poverty. She has over 4 years of experience in urban housing policy making and its implementation. Sayali is an alumnus of Ashoka University and Mumbai University where she studied Liberal Arts and Engineering respectively.


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