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The Journey So Far

In Phase I, 60+ cities conceptualised neighbourhood-level pilot projects centered around young children. Over a period of 7 months, 25 shortlisted cities implemented 70+ complementary and integrated projects improving public spaces, mobility, and access to services for infants, toddlers, and their caregivers. 10 winning cities will scale up interventions in Phase 2.

The Need

With over 37 million children under age 5 living in urban areas across India (Census 2011), an early childhood-centric approach to city planning, design, and management helps Indian cities achieve goals of economic growth, health, safety, and sustainability.

Adopting an early childhood lens can help city leaders, policy makers and urban practitioners envision safe, inclusive and resilient cities for all.

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Key Dates

Below are key dates of the Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge.

Any change will be communicated to cities.

November 4, 2020

Challenge Kickoff

July & September 2021

Technical and Peer Workshop Series

January 17, 2022

10 Winners Announced

February 18, 2021

25 Cities Shortlisted

October 21-22, 2021

Final Pitch and Jury

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