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How to speed up urbanisation
Mar 16, 2020

How to speed up urbanisation

Reckless urbanisation that does not provide for quality of life to the citizens may be counterproductive for the desired levels of growth.

Impact of gender reservation in Indian Urban Local Bodies
Oct 02, 2021

Impact of gender reservation in Indian Urban Local Bodies

There is a need to move beyond empowerment towards improving the ability of urban women to join and remain in the workforce

India’s Enduring Urban Housing Shortage: The Case for Upgrading Informal Settlements
Jul 23, 2023

India’s Enduring Urban Housing Shortage: The Case for Upgrading Informal Settlements

In 2015, the Indian government launched the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) as a response to the perennial challenge of shortage in urban housing. As of June 2021, 11.2 million houses have been sanctioned under PMAY-U, of which 4.8 million have been completed. However, various analyses indicate that PMAY-U dwellings may be insufficient in quantity, and that some of them may be either unaffordable or unviable for those who need them the

India’s rising population and urbanisation
Jul 11, 2023

India’s rising population and urbanisation

Let World Population Day be a conscious reminder that India must offer a better future for its citizens by investing in decentralised urbanisation

India’s urban reality
Sep 09, 2019

India’s urban reality

Unless India takes up urban planning with the seriousness it deserves, the future of some of the mega projects of the incumbent government such as the

Integrating paratransit to address India’s urban transport concerns
Mar 28, 2024

Integrating paratransit to address India’s urban transport concerns

Paratransit services have addressed the deficiency in suitable transportation within urban cities, yet policies to regulate this service are still lac

Is new urban middle class forcing change in politics?
Feb 06, 2013

Is new urban middle class forcing change in politics?

Though it is too early to interpret possible impact of the new activism of India's burgeoning urban middle class on nature and character of politics and system of governance, if we take recent global events as a sort of barometer, the change has already begun.

Laying new BRICS in Durban
Mar 26, 2013

Laying new BRICS in Durban

China will have to act selflessly if it wants to build alternative institutional arrangements that look at development from the emerging economies prism. The BRICS will also have to be careful about what it regards as its core strength. So far, it has largely been perceived to be pushing for an alternative economic development paradigm.

Lockdown and the urban poor
Apr 07, 2020

Lockdown and the urban poor

The lockdown is a tough examination that the nation must pass. Depending on how people behave and how the virus spreads, governments would decide thei

Mainstreaming gender in urban mobility: Towards inclusive and accessible city transit systems
Jun 12, 2023

Mainstreaming gender in urban mobility: Towards inclusive and accessible city transit systems

Inclusive, thoughtful, and collective approaches can bolster secure, affordable, accessible and sustainable city transport systems for all

Managing India’s urban transition in 2021
Jan 04, 2021

Managing India’s urban transition in 2021

In 2021, India’s imperatives include uplifting the lives of marginalised populations, creating mechanisms for people’s participation in civic affa

Manifestos must harp on laws for gender friendly urban work spaces
May 06, 2019

Manifestos must harp on laws for gender friendly urban work spaces

Several of India’s current laws ostensibly help women succeed in the workplace, but actually have the opposite effect of impeding growth and equalit

Mapping her world: The future of gender-sensitive urban designing
Mar 08, 2021

Mapping her world: The future of gender-sensitive urban designing

Women have particular reproductive, safety, and biological needs that urban designing must cater to in order to make the entire cityscape more accessi

Master plans and ‘urban dysfunction’: An analysis
Mar 30, 2021

Master plans and ‘urban dysfunction’: An analysis

At the current rate of urbanisation, India would have taken two and a half centuries to urbanise to the current US levels, as against two centuries fo

Measuring urbanisation in India
Dec 13, 2017

Measuring urbanisation in India

Living conditions in fast-growing rural areas across India are deteriorating due not only to the impact of urbanisation but the lack of capacity of the local governments to manage such transitions. This brief makes the case for changing the administration status of such areas from “rural” to “urban”, establishing urban governance mechanisms therein, and making them resilient. For identification of such areas, the state government’s opin

National budget 2021-2022 and urban local bodies
Mar 05, 2021

National budget 2021-2022 and urban local bodies

The budget has made some enhanced provisions for the physical and social infrastructure of cities. These will directly contribute to the expansion and

National Budget 2022-23 and its focus on urban planning
Apr 06, 2023

National Budget 2022-23 and its focus on urban planning

States must be incensitived to heed Central directives on urban planning for proper urban development

National Budget 2022-23: What is in it for urban local bodies?
Feb 04, 2022

National Budget 2022-23: What is in it for urban local bodies?

Although the Budget pushes for urban planning, will the architecture of Indian federalism continue to limit its execution?

National budget 2024-25 from the urban perspective
Feb 06, 2024

National budget 2024-25 from the urban perspective

Under the Interim Budget, the Financial Minister has outlined a few schemes for urban development, but a more comprehensive budget would be required f

Need for revising our sense of the role of civil society amongst the urban poor
Jan 14, 2014

Need for revising our sense of the role of civil society amongst the urban poor

Globally, there is an upsurge of sectarian movements and informal community-based organisations that affect the daily lives of the urban poor in the way they provide for their need of tangible goods and services.

Need to humanise urban planning
Feb 17, 2014

Need to humanise urban planning

The day and age of centralised and linear town planning approaches are over. Conceptually, the urban planners, architects, designers, builders and policy makers have to make a conscious efforts to humanise urban planning to make it part of the larger ecosystem of social sciences.

New urban climate policy: Making our cities “Tall, Green and Walkable
Jun 06, 2024

New urban climate policy: Making our cities “Tall, Green and Walkable

Over the next two decades, as most Indian cities will urbanise, we have a window of opportunity of making the cities “Tall, Green and Walkable”.

New urban governance exemplars: A glance at Delhi's Bhagidari model
Mar 12, 2013

New urban governance exemplars: A glance at Delhi's Bhagidari model

The Delhi Government's Bhagidari programme with all its pitfalls and challenges comes as a refreshing idea in the context of urban governance. Given its potential to transform state-ctizen interface, there is need to give it statutory backing. Also, there is enough space for forther improvement of the programme.

Non-infrastructure solutions to urban traffic congestion
Mar 08, 2019

Non-infrastructure solutions to urban traffic congestion

These solutions have greater social and economic value than any other.

Non-motorised transport should top the global urban agenda in 2021
Dec 22, 2020

Non-motorised transport should top the global urban agenda in 2021

As the world grapples with the new normal, public transport and mass mobility are poised to undergo a transformative change.

Optimising Urban Agriculture: A Pathway to Food Security in India
Aug 17, 2023

Optimising Urban Agriculture: A Pathway to Food Security in India

As global and urban populations continue to grow, and climate change threatens food security, it is imperative that cities—often the largest food consumers—contribute to its production through urban agriculture. Urban agriculture comprises food and non-food products grown for self-consumption or sale. Entrepreneurs, non-governmental organisations, and citizens worldwide are adopting new technologies to optimise production amid space c

ORF-GIZ Urban Workshop Series Affordable and Liveable Housing for the Migrants and Urban Poor
Jul 25, 2013

ORF-GIZ Urban Workshop Series Affordable and Liveable Housing for the Migrants and Urban Poor

The demand for basic needs has outpaced supply in many cities of the world. This fact is observed in the urban housing sector. High economic growth along with urbanisation has created a huge demand for housing, and according to recent estimates, there is a massive shortage of dwelling units in many urban areas of the world.

ORF-GIZ Urban Workshop Series Need for effective implementation of urban development plans
Sep 24, 2013

ORF-GIZ Urban Workshop Series Need for effective implementation of urban development plans

Preparation of a town/city plan is a comprehensive exercise involving collection, tabulation and analysis of data on numerous urban development indicators. The enormous amount of time, labour and resources involved in this process usually go to waste as compliance to plan proposals is often quite minimal.

Our digital future holds the key to urban sustainability and resilience
Jun 18, 2019

Our digital future holds the key to urban sustainability and resilience

The increasing integration of sensors, big data and connected devices is creating an information-rich urban environment, that — if leveraged properl

Perspectives on financing urban resilience in India
May 28, 2024

Perspectives on financing urban resilience in India

Without proper urban planning, India will incur significant costs in the future