How do the female members of the urban poor population in Delhi view and interact with thegovernment? This thesis seeks to give the answer in light of a public service deliverycollaboration between state and civil society: The Mission Convergence Programme. The frame for exploration is a month long fieldwork done in and around a Gender ResourceCentre in East Delhi. How do women in the locality use this centre, and how do they view thesocial security delivered by the state? Do they see themselves as poor subjects or empoweredcitizens? It appeared that respondents deliberately would use something I have called the‘poor woman’s discourse’. By using this, they highlight their weaknesses, and as such, alsotheir eligibility for being targets of various welfare programmes in an area and a time whereboth local and international NGOs as well as the government seems to focus much of theirattentions and efforts on the urban poor women in need of empowerment.
In addition to discuss how the urban poor view and experience the state and its collaborationwith civil society organizations, the thesis elucidates on the collaboration between the stateand the NGO. How is it working? What are the hiccups in implementation? Does thecollaboration have the potential to transform the ambivalent relationship between the stateand the urban poor?