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  • Urban Services
    Kundu, Debolina, and Arpita Banerjee. Migration, Caste and Marginalised Sections. Inequality in the Coverage of Basic Services in Urban India, 2018.

    A spatial overview on availability of urban basic services reveals disparities across urban India. Although various levels of government, including the parastatals, have strived to achieve sufficiency in provisioning of urban basic services, the coverage is far from satisfactory. The growing...

  • Revised Urban Prospects 2018- Keyfacts
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    Revised Urban Prospects 2018-  Press Release
    2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, United Nations, 2018.

    Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Projections show that urbanization, the gradual shift in residence of the human population from rural to urban areas, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population...

  • Ease of Doing Business
    India's Doing Business Achievements Report 2018 - Highlights. Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, 2018.

    Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, released the final rankings of States in Ease of Doing Business in New Delhi.

    DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the World Bank conducted an annual reform exercise for all...

  • CPR Report
    Roy, Shamindra Nath, and Kanhu Charan Pradhan. Census towns in India - Current patterns and Future Discourses. New Delhi, India: Centre for Policy Research, 2018.

    The surge in census towns (CTs) during Census 2011 has drawn a lot of attention to the ongoing and future dynamics of these in-situ urban settlements in India. Using the village level information from the previous and current censuses, the present study attempts to identify the villages that can...

  • Cities CPR Report
    Mukhopadhyay, Partha. Engines without Drivers: Cities in India’s Growth Story., 2018.

    It is now almost axiomatic that cities are the engines of growth. Historically, federal support programmes have focused on rural areas, but over the past fifteen years, the need to devise such  programmes for urban local bodies has come to be recognised, with JNNURM in its various forms, being...

  • Urbanization Course Syllabus
    Bhaduri, Sanjukkta. City and Metropolitan Planning. School of Planning and Architecture, 2018.

    Cities are dynamic entities that is they are constantly growing and developing. Today more than 50% population are urban worldwide and as per future estimates, it would be 66% in 2050. In India, the urban population is expected to double from 32% (2011) to 60% (2050). At present, there are...

  • Growth
    Reshaping Tomorrow : Is South Asia Ready for the Big Leap?., 2018.

    What will South Asia look like in 2025? The optimistic outlook is that India, which accounts for 80 per cent of the regional economic output, is headed towards double-digit growth rates. South Asia too will grow rapidly, primarily due to India. The pessimistic outlook is that, given huge...

  • Trade
    A Glass Half Full : The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia. The World Bank Group, 2018.

    Trade has played a critical role in global poverty reduction. In harnessing the potential of trade, some of the most successful countries have developed strong trade relationships with their neighbors. However, many South Asian countries have trade regimes that often offset the positive impact...

  • HUDCO - Consolidated
    Urban India: Status of Demography, Economy, Social Structure, Housing and Basic Infrastructure. New Delhi, India: National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), 2017.

    This publication is a part of the three-phase study which looks at the status of demography, economy and social structures, basic infrastructure and housing across various size classes of urban settlements in India. It is a consolidation of the three-phase study on metropolitan cities,  Class I...

  • Economic Survey 2016-17
    Economic Survey 2016-17. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Finance, Government of India, 2017.

    A flagship annual document of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, Economic Survey 2016–17 reviews the developments in the Indian economy over the previous 12 months, summarizes the performance on major development programmes, and highlights the policy initiatives of the...

  • China economic policy for Cities
    Lin, George C. S., Canfei He, Xun Li, and Yifei Wu. Empowering regional economy with a spectacular space: mega-events, over-drafted capital and momentary growth in China’s metropolises. Regional Studies Association, 2017.

    China’s leading city-region governments have actively pursued momentary economic growth and spectacular spatial development by hosting mega-events. The cases of the Beijing and Guangzhou show that mega-events have functioned as instruments (ab)used by municipal governments to expedite land sales...

  • Urbanization
    Better Cities, Better Growth: India’s Urban Opportunity. The New Climate Economy, 2017.

    This report provides new analysis across 479 Indian cities – using an innovative combination of satellite data of night-time lights, census, environmental, and economic data – which demonstrates a clear link between more compact, connected urban growth and stronger economic performance in India...

  • Demystifying urban growth
    Ahlfeldt, Gabriel, and Elisabetta Pietrostefani. Demystifying Compact Urban Growth: Evidence From 300 Studies From Across the World., 2017.

    Most developed countries now pursue policies that implicitly or explicitly aim at promoting compact urban form. This report analyses more than 300 academic papers that study the effects of compact urban form, and finds that 69% of the papers reviewed find positive effects associated with compact...

  • Cities and Growth
    Case Studies: city deals and growth deals. CentreforCities, 2017.

    City deals and Growth deals can help cities deliver responsive and flexible local strategies. During the last few years, the UK government signed a number of City and Growth deals to promote decentralisation across the country and in particular in English city regions. These deals give...

  • Urban Solutions
    Urban solutions for a living planet In Cities Sharing Leadership For Sustainability. World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 2017.

    This handbook is WWF’s tool to inspire the transformation of cities around the world into collaborative leaders in social progress within
    ecological boundaries. It outlines the global context of old risks as well as new mandates, presenting the opportunity for international partnership on...

  • Urban LEDS
    Kessler, Earl. Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries (Urban LEDS Project). Nairobi, Kenya: UN-HABITAT, 2016.

    To support cities in emerging countries address climate change, UN-Habitat and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), with the support of the European Union (EU), implemented the Project: ‘Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries’ (Urban-LEDS...

  • Understanding India’s Urban Frontier
    Mukhopadhyay, Partha, Marie-Hélène Zérah, Gopa Samanta, and Augustin Maria. Understanding India’s Urban Frontier: What Is behind the Emergence of Census Towns in India?. Washington DC: World Bank Group, 2016.

    This paper presents the results of an investigation of selected census towns in northern India. Census towns are settlements that India’s census classifies as urban although they continue to be governed as rural settlements. The 2011 census featured a remarkable increase in the number of census...

  • Report
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    Infographics
    Annual Survey of India's City-Systems 2016: Shaping India's Urban Agenda. Bangalore, Karnataka: Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy and Jana USP, 2016.

    Annual Survey of India's City-Systems (ASICS) scores 21 cities across 18 states in India on the four aspects of City-Systems. It does so by evaluating 83 parameters spanning all four components:

    1. Urban Planning and Design
    2. Urban Capacities and Resources
    3. Empowered...

  • Sustainable Cities
    Sustainable Cities
    SDG Academy: Sustainable Cities

    Cities are home to half the world’s seven billion people and contribute to about 75% of global economic output. An additional three billion people are estimated to live in cities by 2050, increasing the urban share of the world’s population to two-thirds. 

    Yet, cities and urban areas...

  • Youh and city
    MacNeil, Dr. Carole. Youth and The City. Cities Alliance, 2016.

    This report describes the process and results of a learning exchange event held in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2015, hosted by UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) and Cities Alliance. It brought together 12 youth -focused projects – six from each organisation – to...

  • Policy Lessons from South Korea's Development
    Policy Lessons from South Korea's Development
    SKDx: Policy Lessons from South Korea's Development

    South Korea presents a compelling story of economic growth. It’s one of few countries that made the transition from a resource-poor, low-income nation to a high-income economy in only three decades. It offers a model for developing countries and in this MOOC, leading experts will explain how...

  • India Habitat III National Report 2016
    India Habitat III National Report 2016. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, 2016.

    The India National Report is a sequel to resolution 24/14 of the UN Habitat Governing Council, adopted in its twentyfourth session by which the Council invited its member states to prepare national reports on the “implementation of the Habitat-II agenda and of the other relevant internationally...

  • Towards a More Equal City: Framing the Challenges and Opportunities
    Beard, Victoria A., Anjali Mahendra, and Michael I. Westphal. Towards a More Equal City: Framing the Challenges and Opportunities. Washington DC: World Resources Institute , 2016.

    Cities are growing differently today than before. As much as 70 percent of people in emerging cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America is under-served. Furthermore, cities face challenges in four areas:

    • Highest rates of urbanization are in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast...

  • C & B of Urbanisation
    Sridhar, Kala Seetharam. Costs and Benefits of Urbanization: The Indian Case In ADBI Working Paper Series. Vol. 607. Asian Development Bank Institute, 2016.

    Urbanization has both benefits and costs. In a market economy, the trade-off between benefits and costs determines the level, speed, and place of urbanization. This paper summarizes research findings on how urbanization enhances productivity and economic growth in both rural and urban sectors,...

  • iied_ cities as engines of growth
    Colenbrander, Sarah. Cities as engines of economic growth: The case for providing basic infrastructure and services in urban areas. London: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), 2016.

    Focusing on the electricity sector, this paper demonstrates that the investment needs associated with providing basic infrastructure and services to un-served urban populations are small relative to their benefits. Nearly 200 million urban residents, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, currently...

  • McKinsey Bridging Global Infrastructure Gaps (in Brief)
    Bridging Global Infrastructure Gaps (In Brief). McKinsey&Company, 2016.

    More than three years ago, the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) published a comprehensive report evaluating the world’s future infrastructure needs. We found that while trillions of dollars in annual investment will be required well into the future just to keep up with expected rates of growth, a...

  • McKinsey Bridging Global Infrastructure Gaps
    Bridging Global Infrastructure Gaps (Full Report). McKinsey & Company, 2016.

    More than three years ago, the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) published a comprehensive report evaluating the world’s future infrastructure needs. We found that while trillions of dollars in annual investment will be required well into the future just to keep up with expected rates of growth, a...

  • Operational Guidelines for CB
    Office Memorandum: Operational Guidelines for Individual Capacity Building. ., 2016.

    A workshop was held with Empanelled Training Entities on 22nd March 2016 at National lnstitute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi to streamline the implementation of individual capacity building program in states/UTs. On the basis of feedback received from the participants, these Operational...

  • ECC concord
    Creating Infrastructure for a Better Tommorrow In ECC Concord (L& T Journal). Vol. 39. L&T Construction, 2016.

    Interestingly, two of the projects that are featured in this issue of ‘ECC Concord’ are the kind of steps that need to be taken in multifold to address India’s heat woes. As the country bakes under a blazing sun, it makes eminent sense to capture, store and use Solar power for the good of all....

  • Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities
    Chair), Hans Joachim Sc, and Dirk Messner( Chair). Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities. Berlin, Germany: German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), 2016.

    The momentum of urbanization and its impacts are so massive that we must face up to this trend. In view of the existing cognitive, technical, economic and institutional path dependencies, a policy of business as usual – i.e. an unstructured, quasi-automatic urbanization – would lead to a non-...

  •  WUG6 Smart-Cities
    What's Up, Germany?: Smart Cities. New Delhi: German Embassy New Delhi, 2016.

    What’s Up Germany? is a quarterly e-magazine brought out by the German Embassy New Delhi. It provides young Indian readers interesting and entertaining information about Germany and India. The themes are topical and relevant, and vary across each issue. What’s Up, Germany?‘s...

  • Urbanization And Development: Emerging Futures - World Cities Report 2016
    Urbanization And Development: Emerging Futures - World Cities Report 2016. Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), 2016.

    The analysis of urban development of the past twenty years presented in this maiden edition of the World Cities Report shows, with compelling evidence, that there are new forms of collaboration and cooperation, planning, governance, finance and learning that can sustain positive change. The...

  • NIUA-HUDCO Study 2016
    Towns of India: Demography, Economy and Social Structures, and the Status of Basic Infrastructure and Housing. New Delhi, India: National Institute of Urban Affairs, 2016.

    An increasing number of people live in small and medium-sized towns in the periphery of large cities as the world completes its process of urban transition. India is no exception to this phenomenon.  It is in these towns where national economies are to be built, solutions to global challenges...

  • Cities Alive
    Cities Alive: Towards a walking world. London: ARUP, 2016.

    Mobility is intrinsic to the quality of life experienced in cities. But for the past century, the car has dominated how we plan and grow our urban areas. We must now seize the opportunity to place people back at the heart of our cities and drive a human focused approach to the design of the...

  • WB report on urbanisation
    Ellis, Peter, and Mark Roberts. Leveraging Urbanisation in South Asia: Managing Spatial Transformation for Prosperity and Livability. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Group, 2016.

    This report assesses South Asia’s progress in realizing the immense potential of its cities for promoting prosperity and livability. Using innovative nighttime lights data, as well as a host of other data sets, it examines how the region’s cities and subnational areas are performing and provides...

  • Towards Inclusive Policies and Planning
    Poverty, Inequality and Violence in Indian Cities: Towards Inclusive Policies and Planning In Ahmedabad Policy Brief 8., 2016.

    In Ahmedabad, the larhest city of Gujarat state, the research focuses on two poor localities: Bombay Hotel, an informal commercial siubdivision located on the city's southern periphery and inhabited by Muslims, and the public housing sites at Vatwa on the city's south-eastern periphery used for...

  • UNhabitat: Otimising Infrastructure
    Urban patterns for a Green Economy: Optimising Infrastructure. Nairobi, Kenya: UN-HABITAT, 2016.

    As nexuses of knowledge, infrastructure and governance, cities represent a key opportunity to stimulate larger scale change toward green economies. In a world where cities are increasingly competing against each other economically, where weather patterns are unpredictable and low resource prices...

  • The promise of Big Data in Real Estate Policy
    Kim, Dr.. The Promise of Big Data in Real Estate Policy: Identifying Problems and Workable Solutions in Real Time In KRIHS Special Report 2016. Seoul, Republic of Korea: Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, 2016.

    The goal of this study is to provide a method for how to use big data for transparent and scientific policymaking in real estate. First of all, the study defines the concept of big data, identifies why they are crucial and what kinds of big data are available for real estate policymaking

  • Policy Lessons From South Korea's Development
    Policy Lessons From South Korea's Development. World Bank Group, 2016.

    The World Bank Group is launching a FREE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Policy Lessons from South Korea’s Development on January 17, 2017. To sign up, please visit: https://www.edx.org/course/kee01x-korea-economic-...

  • Challenges and Reforms in Urban Governance: Insights from the Development Experience of China and Singapore., 2016.

    An inaugural publication on urban governance was jointly launched by the Ministry of National Development (MND), Singapore, and the Development Research Center of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (DRC) on 12 Jul 2016.

    This publication is the first research outcome of...

  • Port City and Balancing growth
    Port and the City: Balancing Growth and Liveability In Urban Systems Studies. Singapore: Centre for Liveable Cities, 2016.

    Singapore’s port is one of the busiest in the world, and its maritime industry makes up some 7% of Gross Domestic Product. How has the city-state maintained the primacy of its port in the face of regional competition, unlike many other global cities?

    The natural advantages of Singapore’s...

  • Urban redevlopment
    Urban Redevelopment: From Urban Squalor to Global City In Urban Systems Studies. Singapore: Centre for Liveable Cities, 2016.

    Singapore’s Central Area was an overcrowded, slum-filled and heavily-polluted urban centre in the 1960s. Rapid redevelopment in the following decades has transformed it into a global financial centre today, exemplifying the progress made by the city-state.

    Urban redevelopment is not only...

  • Handbook of Urban Statistics 2016
    Handbook of Urban Statistics 2016. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, 2016.

    The Handbook of Urban Statistics is a compilation of data on various indicators of Urban India such as Demography, Employment, Transportation, Sanitation, Housing, Socio-economic Indicators and Public Expenditure on Urban Development. The Handbook also includes write ups on flagship schemes of...

  • Kanpur Economic Development
    Mustafa, Fahad, Sanjay Grover, and Shiny Jaison. India - Competitive cities in India : Kanpur unrealized potential - the lagging growth trajectory of a manufacturing hub. The World Bank Group, 2016.

    This case study of the city of Kanpur contributes to developing an understanding of the factors driving city competitiveness in general and in India in particular. Kanpur’s lagging growth trajectory cannot be understood purely in terms of city-level factors; national; and state-level factors...

  • Peri urbaniszation and Gender
    Sen, Sucharita. Gendered Exclusions in the Work Spaces of Peri-urban Areas in a Neoliberal Environment: Learning from the Experiences of Large Metropolitan Cities in India. Environment and Urbanization Asia, 2016.

    The peri-urban areas of large metropolises have, in recent years, become favoured sites for private investments inflows and are consequently experiencing rapid land transfers from agriculture to the nonagricultural sector. There have been concerns that such land transfers have not yielded...

  • Suburbanization
    Sridha, Kala Seetharam, and Priya Narayanan. Suburbanization of Indian Cities: What is the Evidence from Gulbarga?. Environment and Urbanization Asia, 2016.

    In this article, we make an attempt to understand the population and employment suburbanization of a mid-tier Indian city—Gulbarga, Karnataka. We estimate population and employment density gradients for the city for two periods and find the evidence of suburbanization. While we are unable to...

  • Singapore India Patnership
    Singapore and India: Partnering for Liveable and Sustainable Cities. Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore, 2016.

    Singapore and India share a common colonial past, which has influenced the shape of their cities and their planning heritage. This was recognised by India's Prime minister Narendra Modi, who inked a Strategic Partnership in November 2015 with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien loong, which...

  • Circular Economy in India
    Circular Economy in India: Rethinking growth for long-term prosperity. Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2016.

    Circular Economy in India: Rethinking growth for long-term prosperity shows that a circular economy path to development could bring India annual benefits of ₹40 lakh crore (US$ 624 billion) in 2050 compared with the current...

  • Green Growth
    Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2016.

    The Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia project explores how to promote green growth in cities in Asia, examining policies and governance practices that encourage environmental sustainability and competitiveness in a rapidly expanding economy. This synthesis report presents the results of case...

  • Gender Sensitive Transport Planning
    Mahadevia, Darshini. Gender Sensitive Transport Planning for Cities in India In Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 2015.

    This research report presents status, issues and policy recommendations with regards to gender and mobility in urban India. This study was a part of larger project on Sustainable Low Carbon Mobility in India.

  • NIUA-HUDCO Study 2015
    Non-metropolitan Class I Cities of India: Demography, Economy and Social Structures, and the status of Basic Infrastructure and Housing. New Delhi, India: National Institute of Urban Affairs, 2015.

    The present study focuses on cities with population of 0.1million to 1 million and is based on secondary data. In addition, in the two case-study cities of Shahjahanpur and Tumkur, discussions with several stakeholders, officials and functionaries responsible for designing, implementation and...

  • Urban Dialogue on Capitalising on India’s Urban Growth
    Urban Dialogue on Capitalising on India’s Urban Growth
    Capitalising on India’s Urban Growth

    The talk by Ms. Ireena Vittal builds on three strands namely, the urban agenda for India, current approach in implementing it and the new urban missions. The deliberation focuses on leveraging urban development for growth and inclusive prosperity through strategic thinking and integrated...

  • Manufacturing Cities
    Manufacturing Cities - Industrial Policy and Urban Growth In Policy Paper. Bangalore: Indian Institute of Human Settlements, 2015.

    This paper examines the emergence of new forms of economic settlements such as Special Economic Zones, Special Investment Regions and Industrial Corridors and examines their role and relevance in contemporary urban India. These settlements, while not officially classified as towns or cities have...

  • AMRUT Mission Statement and Guidelines
    AMRUT Mission Statement and Guidelines In AMRUT Mission Guidelines. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India, 2015.

    The purpose of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) is to (i) ensure that every household has access to a tap with assured supply of water and a sewerage connection; (ii) increase the amenity value of cities by developing greenery and well maintained open spaces (e.g....

  • Managing Peri-Urban Expansion
    Managing Peri-Urban Expansion - A Study of Planning Approaches adopted in Delhi, Beijing and New York to Manage Regional Growth. New Delhi: National Institute of Urban Affairs, 2015.

    Through this study, NIUA has attempted to explore the phenomenon of peri-urban expansion and efforts to manage it through planning and governance frameworks in three different locations and countries - Delhi, Beijing and New York. While the Chinese and American examples do not present clear...

  • Thinking Spatially

    Phil Williams MRTPI, Head of Planning Service, Cardiff City Council, Wales, and Vice President, RTPI discusses one of the ways in which the UK Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) marked its centenary in 2014 by looking to the future of planning. The Institute’s Planning Horizons papers take a...

  • Sustainable Cities and Rapid Urbanisation Mapping Institutions, Researchers and Funders in India
    Sustainable Cities and Rapid Urbanisation: Mapping Institutions, Researchers and Funders in India. New Delhi, India: Research Councils UK India, 2015.

    Science and innovation are a critical input to the prosperity and sustainable growth of a country. They ensure that the country can meet emerging challenges ranging from water-energy demands and natural disasters, to climate change and public health. Countries require an excellent research base...

  • The Future of Urban Development & Services: Urban Development Recommendations for the Government of India
    The Future of Urban Development & Services: Urban Development Recommendations for the Government of India. Geneva, Switzerland: World Economic Forum, 2015.

    This report offers three recommendations for India to facilitate inclusive growth: India needs to integrate spatial planning at all governmental levels: national, state and city. India should create a stable policy framework for private investment in urban infrastructure. India requires...

  •  Identifying the Economic Potential of Indian Districts
    Roberts, Mark. Identifying the Economic Potential of Indian Districts In World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7623 . Washington DC: The World Bank, 2015.

    Despite its rapid growth in recent decades, GDP per capita in India remains at a relatively low level by international standards, and the country continues to be marked by large subnational disparities in levels of well-being. These large disparities naturally lead to interest in India’s spatial...

  • UNHabitat_Cities for Life
    Afghan Cities for Life - Respecting and Protecting the Environment for Healthy & Livable Cities., 2015.

    This discussion paper examines key environmental challenges facing Afghan cities, including services such as transport, water, and sanitation; natural resource management; and climate change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It demonstrates that the urban environment is not an optional 'add on...

  • CLC urban solutions 6
    Active Mobility In Urban Solutions, Issue 6. Singapore: Centre for Liveable Cities, 2015.

    Our cities are progressing away from automobile-centred transport systems and towards greener, more active modes of transportation such as walking and cycling. Coined “Active Mobility” by the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), this forms the special focus of this issue’s URBAN SOLUTIONS.

    ...

  • Guiding Urban Growth
    Guiding Urban Growth In The State of Afghan Cities. UN-Habitat, 2015.

    This discussion paper examines the importance of urban planning for achieving sustainable urbanization. It shows that urban planning is a key component of promoting Local Economic Development (LED); balancing development and environmental protection; improving access to land, adequate housing...

  • The Public Realm
    Sennett, Richard. The Public Realm. Richard Sennett, 2015.

    The cities everyone wants to live in would be clean and safe, possess efficient public services, support a dynamic economy, provide cultural stimulation, and help heal society's divisions of race, class, and ethnicity. These are not the cities we live in. This is so in part because the city is...

  • The State of Afghan Cities
    The State of Afghan Cities-Vol 1. Vol. 1. UN-Habitat, 2015.

    Afghanistan’s future is urban. The population of Afghan cities is expected to double within the next 15 years and by 2060, one in every two Afghans will be living in cities. In order to manage such a transition and harness it for economic and social development accurate data and information is...

  • Addressing Slum Redevelopment Issues in India
    Hindman, Michelle, Olivia Lu-Hill, Sean Murphy, Sneha Rao, Yash Shah, and Zeqi Zhu. Addressing Slum Redevelopment Issues in India. Dow Sustainability Fellowship, International Institute of University of Michigan, 2015.

    The main objective of this study is to develop recommendations to improve the Government of India’s Housing for All policy. Apart from the recommendations to policymakers on institutional themes, we also provide recommendations to private sector real-estate developers for designing sustainable...

  • Tackling Urban Poverty
    Tackling Urban Poverty In Policy Brief. Bangalore: Indian Institute of Human Settlements, 2015.

    Poverty in India has long been rurally imagined. Programmes, policies, missions and resources have followed suit. There are no urban equivalents, for example, of several national missions in work, health, or electricity, among others. This has, in the past two decades, begun to change as the...

  • WUP 2014
    World Urbanisation Prospects: The 2014 Revision. New York: United Nations, 2015.

    This report presents the results of the 2014 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects including the official United Nations estimates and projections of urban and rural populations for major areas, regions and countries of the world and of all urban agglomerations with 300,000...

  • Census towns
    Mitra, Arup, and Rajnish Kumar. New Patterns in Indian Urbanization: Emergence of Census Towns. Vol. 6. Environment and Urbanization Asia, 2015.

    This study focuses on the new patterns related to urbanization in India from the 2011 census data, particularly with regard to the emergence of the census towns. What forces are involved in explaining the growth of such towns is an important question and this is what the present article tries to...

  • city and economics
    Shaw, Annapurna. Inner-city and Outer-city Neighbourhoods in Kolkata: Their Changing Dynamics Post Liberalization. Environment and Urbanization Asia, 2015.

    The central areas of the largest metropolitan cities in India are slowing down. Outer suburbs continue to grow but the inner city consisting of the oldest wards is stagnating and even losing population. This trend needs to be studied carefully as its implications are deep and far-reaching. The...

  • Stop Urban Sprawl
    Litman, Todd. Analysis of Public Policies That Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Urban Sprawl. LSE Cities, 2015.

    This report investigates evidence that current development policies result in economically excessive sprawl. It defines sprawl and its alternative, “smart growth,” describes various costs and benefits of sprawl, and estimates their magnitude. It identifies policy distortions that encourage...

  • Urban Solutions 5 CLC
    World Cities Summit 2014 In Urban Solutions, Issue 5. Singapore: Centre for Liveable Cities, 2014.

    Oxfam recently reported that 85 individuals control as much wealth as the poorer half of the world’s population, or 3.5 billion people. These startling figures come in the wake of rising inequalities of wealth and income in both developed and developing countries.

    Inequality is a hot...

  • Urbanisation, Development and Housing Requirements in the National Capital Region (NCR)
    Bedi, Jatinder S.. Urbanisation, Development and Housing Requirements in the National Capital Region (NCR) In Background Paper on Issues Related to Land Economics. New Delhi, India: National Council of Applied Economic Research, 2014.

    This paper focuses on the implications of various land use policies being adopted in India with special reference to Delhi and the NCR region. This is linked with changes in policies related to the acquisition of large tracts of land by public sector agencies, changes in Floor Area Ratio (FAR)...

  • Home-Based Workers in Ahmedabad, India
    Mahadevia, Darshini, Aseem Mishra, and Suchita Vyas. Home-Based Workers in Ahmedabad, India In IMES: Informal Economy Monitoring Study. Manchester, UK: Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), 2014.

    This research highlights the importance of housing security for informal workers, in particular those engaged in working at home.

  • IEMS-Ahmedabad Street Vendors City Report
    Mahadevia, Darshini, Suchita Vyas, and Aseem Mishra. Street Vendors in Ahmedabad, India. Manchester, UK: Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), 2014.

    The report presents findings related to Street Vendors' Economy and Working Conditions on one hand and their interface with City Planning

  • Infill Development
    Smart Growth and Economic Success: Investing in Infill Development. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2014.

    This paper is intended to help developers who are considering infill development and want to understand more about the risks and rewards. First, it examines the real and perceived challenges of infill development and how developers are able to overcome them. It then outlines the demographic...

  • NIUA-HUDCO Study 2014
    Metropolitan cities of India: Demographic, economic and social structures, and the status of basic infrastructure and housing. New Delhi: National Institute of Urban Affairs, 2014.

    This report is a culmination of research conducted at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi, under the Phase I of the HUDCO Chair project during the period 2012-13. The report titled “ Metropolitan cities of India: Demographic, economic and social structures, and the status...

  • More Power to India
    Pargal, Sheoli, and Sudeshna Banerjee. More Power to India: The Challenge of Electricity Distribution In Directions in Development: Energy and Mining. Washington DC: The World Bank, 2014.

    This report assesses progress in implementing the government of India's power sector reform agenda and examines the performance of the sector along different dimensions. India has emphasized that an efficient, resilient, and financially robust power sector is essential for growth and poverty...

  • Inclusive Design for Street Vendors in India
    Mahadevia, Prof. Darshini, Prof. Alison Brown, Suchita Vayas, Tejas Patel, and Self Employed Women’s Association(SEWA). Inclusive Design for Street Vendors in India., 2014.

    The handbook illustrates different possibilities of finding spaces for the street vendors in Indian Cities.

  • National Housing Bank
    Report on Trend and Progress of Housing in India 2014. National Housing Bank, Government of India, 2014.

    Global activity has broadly strengthened and is expected to improve further in 2014-15, with much of the impetus coming from advanced economies. Inflation in these economies, however, has undershot projections, reflecting still large output gaps and recent commodity price declines.

    The...

  • The Evolution of National Urban Policies
    Turok, Ivan. The Evolution of National Urban Policies: A Global Overview. Nairobi : UN-HABITAT, 2014.

    The purpose of this publication is to review the experience of national urban policies (NUPs) in selected countries around the world in order to draw broad lessons that would inform other countries interested in formulating or implementing their own policies. The urban challenges and...

  • Land Acquisition and Resettlement
    Land Acquisition and Resettlement: Securing Resources for Development In Urban Systems Studies. Singapore: Centre for Liveable Cities, 2014.

    Land is among a country’s most critical resources: this is especially true for a small and densely populated city-state like Singapore. For land to be developed in a sustainable manner, there need to be effective policies that allow the state to acquire land where required for public benefit....

  • National Urban Policies
    Turok, Ivan. The Evolution of National Urban Policies: A Global Overview. Nairobi, Kenya: UN-HABITAT, 2014.

    More than half of the world’s population currently live in cities, and a projected 70 per cent will be living in urban areas by 2050. Urban settlements are growing and will continue to grow whether this is planned or they simply spread. Much of the way in which cities progress, stagnate or...

  • City Management Korea
    Moon, Prof. Chai. City Management and Urban Renewal In A Primer on Korean Planning and Policy, Edited by Dr. Jaeyoon Yoo. Vol. 10. Seoul, Republic of Korea: Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS), 2013.

    This primer introduces the reader to the concepts involved in city management and discusses the evolution of legal framework in Korea for city management. Further, it describes the current Urban Management and Renewal Projects and discusses their performance and shortcomings.

     

  • CLC urban solutions3
    Public Engagement In Urban Solutions, Volume 3. Singapore: Centre for Liveable Cities, 2013.

    Public engagement is a pressing issue for cities everywhere. Governments have long consulted and involved citizens in various ways, but engagement has acquired greater urgency because of the rise of social media, smartphone apps, and other information technologies. These allow an unprecedented...

  • Urban Poverty in India and Post-MDG Framework
    Mahadevia, Darshini. Urban Poverty in India and Post-MDG Framework In Oxfam India working papers series. Vol. OIWPS - XVII. New Delhi, India: Oxfam India, 2013.

    Post-2015, when the deadline of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) end, the world has to give itself a new development agenda to address continuing conditions of poverty and inequality. Some countries have missed their targets and some have met theirs. The goals and targets...

  • Korea Growth Management System
    Lee, Prof. Wonho, and Dr. Taehwan Kim. Growth Management of the Capital Region In A Primer on Korean Planning and Policy. Vol. 4. Seoul, Republic of Korea: Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS), 2013.

    This primer by KRIHS talks about Concentration in the Seoul Metropolitan Area and Government Responses to deal with it. The Development of Seoul Metropolitan Area Policy and Growth Management Policy for the Seoul Metropolitan Area are further discussed. The document evaulautes the current...

  • Land Development Korea
    Kim, Prof. Haengjong, and Dr. Hyeokjae Choi. Land Development and Management In A Primer on Korean Planning and Policy. Vol. 3. Seoul, Republic of Korea: Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS), 2013.

    This primer talks out the History of Land Development Policy in Korea. Thereafter detailing the types of Land Development Project, structure and contents of Land Development Projects and the achievements of these projects.

  • Regional Development
    Kim, Dr. Yongwoong. Regional Development In A Primer on Korean Planning and Policy, Edited by Dr. Misook Cha. Vol. 2. Seoul, Republic of Korea: Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS), 2013.

    The primer on Regional Development details major regional development strategies and projects and achievements through these projects and at the same time highlights the lessons learnt in the process.

  • Urban Solutions Issue 2
    High-Density Cities In Urban Solutions, Issue 2. Singapore: Centre for Liveable Cities, 2013.

    This issue, a joint editorial effort with Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, has a special focus on high-density cities. More than half of humanity lives in cities, and this proportion will keep growing. As urban densities rise, cities can chose to promote either higher density or...

  • Barcelona Case Study
    Parkinson, Prof. Michael. Barcelona In Scientific Report. ESPON 2013 Programme, 2013.

    Barcelona is an important case study. It is a major European city which has undergone massive economic transformation during the past three decades after the advent of democracy in Spain. It makes a substantial contribution to the regional Catalan, Spanish national and European economy. It...

  • Housing Progress 2013
    Bank, National Housing. Report on Trend and Progress of Housing in India. New Delhi, India: National Housing Bank, 2013.

    Housing has a direct impact on employment and income generation. It has various backward and forward linkages and is linked to a host of indiustries and vocations. The Technical Group on Housing Shortage has estimated the housing shortage in urban Inddia at 18.78 million units in 2012.95 per...

  • Urbanisation, poverty
    Tacoli, Cecilia. Urbanization, gender and urban poverty: paid work and unpaid carework in the city In Urbanisation and Emerging Population Issues Working Paper . Vol. 7. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), 2012.

    Most of the world’s population now live in urban centres, where virtually all population growth in the next century will also be absorbed. Urbanization offers unprecedented opportunities for increasing living standards, life expectancy and literacy levels, environmental sustainability and more...

  • Report
    Task Force on Promoting Affordable Housing. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, 2012.

    Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, set up a Task Force for developing transparent qualified criteria and a separate set of guidance for affordable housing in PPP projects for circulation to states, aimed at developing recommendations to create an enabling framework for increased...

  • Urban solution singapore
    Urban Solutions. Singapore: Centre for Liveable Cities, 2012.

    The Centre for Liveable Cities, or CLC, works to distil, create and share knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities. As our flagship periodical, URBAN SOLUTIONS aims to deliver useful content to city leaders and urban practitioners on how to make their cities more liveable...

  • Tenure security and urban social protection in India
    Mahadevia, Darshini. Tenure security and urban social protection in India In CSP Research Report 05. Sussex, UK: Centre for Social Protection (CSP), Institute of Development Studies (IDS), 2011.

    Informal housing in fact presents complex land tenure system. This research categorizes different levels of tenure security and links them with social protection.

  • Indian Cities Managing Growth
    Johnson, Chris, Josep Roig, Mary Lewin, Chetan Vaidya, Usha Raghupathi, and Sunil Dubey. Indian Cities: Managing Urban Growth. Metropolis, 2011.

    India is in a major phase of urbanisa- tion. No matter which figures you select, the urban population growth projections are incredible. In a 2006 report, India’s Registrar General sug- gested a rise of 248 million people living in cities between 2001 and 2026. The 2010 McKinsey Global Institute...

  • IIHS booklet on Indian cities
    Urban India 2011: Evidence. Indian Institute for Human Settlement (IIHS), 2011.

    The report Urban India 2011: Evidence provides a comprehensive overview of the state of India’s urban areas and settlements and the underlying trends. It features analyses of the following areas: urban dynamics, economic geography, migration, urban poverty and livelihoods, social safety...

  • Making room for a Planet of Cities
    Ange, Shlolmo, Jason Parent, Daniel L. Civco, and Alejandro M. Blei. Making Room for a Planet of Cities In Policy Focus Report. Cambridge, USA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2011.

    The authors document the results of a five-year study of global urban expansion, initiated in 2005 with a grant from the World Bank that resulted in the report, The Dynamics of Global Urban Expansion (Angel et al. 2005). That initial phase of the study focused on analyzing and comparing...

  • Planning Commission_Financing_urbanization
    Report of the Working Group on Financing Urban Infrastructure. Planning Commission, Government of India, 2011.

    Urbanization has emerged as a key policy and governance challenge in India in recent years. While urban development accelerates the process of economic growth, it can also make growth more inclusive too. Since faster economic growth and inclusive growth are likely to be the objectives of 12th...

  • India's urban awakening: Building inclusive cities, sustaining economic growth
    . India's Urban Awakening: Building inclusive cities, sustaining economic growth. McKinsey & Company, 2010.

    India's urban awakening: Building inclusive cities, sustaining economic growth describes the findings of the research that McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) in collaboration with the India office of McKinsey & Company. The purpose of the research project was to understand how India's...

  • Slum report stats
    Report of the Committee on Slum Statistics. New Delhi, India: Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, 2010.

    If urbanisation has to act as positive force in economic development, we should avoid the past mistakes and aim at an urban and regional plannning system that is inclusive and does not exclude the poor and informal sector. Comprehensive information/data on the slume is essential for the...

  • Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas in Egypt1
    Abdelhalim, Khaled, and Mohammad Abou Samra. Participatory Upgrading of Informal Areas A Decision-makers’ Guide for Action. Cairo, Egypt: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, 2010.

    This publication outlines a model of participatory upgrading implemented in Egypt and how to apply that model. It represents the accumulated experience of the Egyptian-German Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP) since 1998.

    The book consists of two parts. The first...

  • Building cities
    Rojas, Eduardo. Building Cities Neighbourhood Upgrading and Urban Quality of Life. Washington DC: Inter-American Development Bank, 2010.

    Building Cities reviews the experiences of the Latin American and Caribbean region in the design and implementation of neighbourhood upgrading programmes. The volume has a particular focus on the lessons learned by specialists of the Inter-American Development Bank and their technical and...

  • ADB Urban Vision
    Choe, K., A. Laquian, and H. Kim. Urban Development Experience and Visions: India and the people's Republic of China. Manila, Philippines: Asian Development Bank, 2008.

    This report summarizes the discussions that took place on 8- 16 November 2007 at an Asian Development Bank - sponsored workshop on Urban Development Experience of the PRC and India with Private Sector Participation. The workshop was held in the People's Republic of China, where high-level...

  • Urban Revitalisation in the US: Policies and Practices - Final Report
    Sutton, Dr. Stacey A.. Urban Revitalisation in the US: Policies and Practices - Final Report., 2008.

    The report proceeds along the following lines. First, a legal overview of the foundations of urban redevelopment policies is presented, emphasizing the decentralized nature of the U.S. system and the growing reliance on third-party intermediaries between the public and the private sectors....

  • Urbanisation and Migration
    Kundu, Amitabh. "Migration and Urbanisation in India in the Context of Poverty Alleviation." In International Conference and Workshop on Policy Perspectives on Growth, Economic Structures and Poverty Reduction., 2007.

    Migration and urbanization are direct manifestations of the process of economic development in space, particularly in the contemporary phase of globalization. Understanding the causes and consequences of the former in terms of the changes in the distribution of population and economic activities...

  • Guidelines
    International Guidelines on Decentralisation and the Strengthening of Local Authorities. Nairobi, Kenya: UN-HABITAT, 2007.

    UN‑HABITAT commissioned a survey and presented a report in 2002 stressing the importance of effective decentralization for enhancing local governance in support of the implementation of the Habitat Agenda. The survey noted that a number of developed and developing countries were involved in...

  • Private Investment: Korea
    Park, Dr. Kyungchul. Private Investment in Infrastructure Provision In A Primer on Korean Planning and Policy, Edited by Dr. Hajung Yoon. Vol. 9. Seoul, Republic of Korea: Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS), 2003.

    A Private Financial Initiative (PFI) project is defined as a project which encourages the private sector to invest in developing/operating infrastructure (such as roads, harbors, railroads, schools and environmental facilities) or Social Overhead Capital (SOC) that are traditionally built and...

  • SENSEable
    SENSEable City Lab.

    Research at MIT aims to develop innovative solutions to the world’s most daunting challenges. From addressing the energy needs of tomorrow to improving cancer therapies, MIT’s research efforts are enhanced through creative collaborations with leading research institutes and consortia around the...