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Reflecting on their recent tour of enterprises in Dharavi, one of Mumbai's largest slums, Julius Gatune and Dinh The Phong perceive that while economic development policies in the BRICs might contradict and undermine the needs of the urban poor, slums like Dharavi may incubate industries that can export to the world, and thus should be embraced and supported as entrepreneurial centres.

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Slums should be seen ... as places that can be engines of growth themselves rather than just pools of cheap labour. As we observed in Dharavi, slums can create industries that can even be competitive enough to export.

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