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Issue - 4
The Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Mahakal Lok Corridor in Ujjain on 11 October 2022. The Mahakal Dwar, a part of the second phase of the development project and the CITIIS project in Ujjain, was also inaugurated on the occasion.
Mahakal Dwar is a historical gateway linking Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple and Ramghat. It is a part of the 'Mahakal Rudrasagar Integrated Development Approach – Phase II' project, which is funded by the CITIIS program. It is aimed at decongesting areas around the temple, creating open spaces in Ujjain, and improving the experience of pilgrims. The project also comprises rejuvenation of the Rudrasagar Lake, redevelopment of the Maharajwada heritage complex, and the creation of a parking and vendor zone. Just a few days earlier, PM launched another CITIIS project Wild Valley Biodiversity Park in Surat.
NIUA and UN in India recognised selected individuals and organisations working for the cause of inclusion and universal accessibility under the ‘Smart Solution Challenge and Inclusive Cities Awards 2022’ in a ceremony on 1 September 2022 in New Delhi. The initiative was launched in April this year to promote people-centric design and foster novel home-grown technological innovations and solutions. 10 top technology-based innovations from over 100 entries were awarded.
The Hon’ble Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri gave away the awards. The UN Resident Coordinator in India, Shombi Sharp, and the Joint Secretary and Mission Director, Smart City Mission, Kunal Kumar also attended the event.
The top awardees were:
Category 1: Early-stage Innovations
Category 2: Market-ready Solutions
Category 3: Implemented Solutions
NIUA published a report on ‘COVID Appropriate Behaviour - Knowledge, Attitude and Practice’ in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (Delhi office), World Health Organisation and National Centre for Disease Control. This report presents findings from three studies based on different approaches, conducted during the months of July- August, 2021, in 10 cities and rural areas from 12 districts selected from 11 states in India.
Key findings were:
Inclusive Cities Centre (ICC)
In an event on 3 October on the occasion of the World Habitat Day 2022, organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), four NIUA publications were launched:
Besides the publications launch, two exhibits were also showcased:
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Young children face many problems as the public spaces are often designed without considering their and caregiver's special needs. The ITCN Capacity Building Programme, which aims to build an ideal neighbourhood where young children may feel comfortable, explore, play, and engage with their built and natural surroundings, has launched an awareness campaign – ‘Through My Eyes’. It intends to draw people’s focus on young children & their caregivers. Participants are invited to contribute through varied mediums such as articles, stories, interactive posts, thought provoking conversations and short clips. The campaign was kick started by launching a national photography competition.
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In their endeavour to make communities better places for young children, and hence for all, NIUA’s ITCN programme organised a National Photography Competition. Participants were invited to capture how friendly or unfriendly their city was for young children and their caregivers. This was depicted through capturing challenges, good practices, curious observations or anything that raised the concern or made one appreciate the effort towards young children (0-6 years) and caregivers. Theme of the competition was 'Through my eyes-Do our cities accommodate happy spaces for young children and their caregivers?'
NIUA’s ITCN Capacity Building Programme has partnered with School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) Delhi for Academic Certification Programme. It aims to build the capacity of young professionals on the issues relating to young children and caregiver-friendly neighbourhoods.
300 young professionals were trained by faculty from 5 academic institutions across the country. Over 20 sessions were conducted between 25 August to 24 September 2022, with School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) Delhi as the lead institution, with support from the ITCN and the BvLF teams.
The ITCN team at NIUA attended a Capacity Building Training Workshop on 'Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Data Collection Techniques & Reporting' from 26-28 September 2022. The Workshop was conducted by BvLF for its partners and hosted by DevInsights, a consulting firm, working in Monitoring & Evaluation, training and consulting services in the social development sector in India.
The ITCN team drafted an MEL Plan for the ITCN Capacity Building Programme and developed a Case Study for orientation course for government officials. The learnings from the workshop will be used in the progress of the programme and incorporated in its activities.
NIUA in collaboration with the Praja Foundation successfully concluded the semi-final round of the ongoing Prajatantra (Youth Forum) 2022-23. Of the 216 competing teams, 101 teams with 287 participants made their way to the semi-final. Incredible abilities of the young participants were visible in the manner in which the policies were crafted and ideas presented.
Several Knowledge Sessions were organised on City Governance: Legal & Institutional Framework and Municipal Finance, and e-Governance and Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. The session on pillars of e-governance had Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary & Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission) Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs as the expert speaker and Manpreet Singh, Chief Programme Officer for the National Urban Digital Mission at NIUA as a moderator. The session on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction had Rajiv Ranjan Mishra as the expert speaker and was moderated by Sayali Mankikar, Head Climate City Alliance, NIUA.
For more details, please refer to Samvad for updates of Prajatantra 2022-23
Urban Thinkers Campus is an action lab held around the world under UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, that convenes diverse groups of people from the government, business, academia, NGOs, citizens, including the youth. This year it was hosted by the Red Dot Foundation in Mumbai on 28-29 September, 2022.
Mayura Gadkari, Project Coordinator- Shaping Youth Futures, represented NIUA at the event, where the participants deliberated on urban problems and framed recommendations and possible solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in local context. The theme for the event was 'Safe Public Spaces: Feminist Cities for a Sustainable Future’ and NIUA participated in 2 Round Tables on 'Youth and the City' and 'Designing Urban Infrastructure for safer cities'. In addition, NIUA was also a part of two labs conducted by GIZ and Kubernein Initiative on Localising SDGs and Feminist Foreign Policy respectively.
NIUA is a partner of the ‘Youth Innovation Challenge 2022’, an annual event jointly hosted by Red Dot Foundation in collaboration with UN Habitat, UNICEF, Her City Global Utmaning, The Urban Vision, Developmatrix, and Aga Khan Agency for Habitat.
This year the innovation challenge is open to youth from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Goa in the age group 17-25 years, where the youth can test out ideas and receive mentorship from industry experts. The jury has already shortlisted the final 10 ideas that will go through the incubation process of 3 months with industry mentors. Mayura Gadkari, Project Coordinator-Shaping Youth Futures at NIUA, is on the jury of the challenge on ‘Engendering Climate Action for Water and Waste Management’.
Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube)
To build capacities for adopting climate-relevant actions, NIUA’s Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube) has developed and delivered 25 training modules aligning to the indicators of the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF), with the support from GIZ india.
C-Cube initiated engagement with training institutions and experts to scale up the trainings. Eight training and academic institutions organised a total 129 training between May- August 2022. A national workshop was organized on 28 September 2022 to reflect on the training delivered and to deliberate a way forward for strengthening the ongoing capacity-building activities. 35+ participants from various training institutes across the country participated in the workshop.
The Honourable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stones of urban development projects in Surat worth INR 3,500 crores during a virtual ‘Khat Muhurat’ ceremony. Among the projects launched was the CITIIS project in Surat, which is creating the Wild Valley Biodiversity Park. It will rejuvenate the wasteland along the Kankara Creek, conserve indigenous species of flora and fauna, provide local residents with open spaces, and create green lungs for the city of Surat.
The event, held on 29 September 2022, was also attended by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendrabhai Patel. The CITIIS team in Surat attended the on-site ceremony for laying the foundation stone of the project.
To learn more about how the project aims to improve Surat's ecosystem, click here
CITIIS organised the 'Cities of Tomorrow' exhibition from 3- 6 October 2022. The common citizen’s perspective of sustainable, innovation-driven urban development were showcased. The winning photographs and a curated selection of other outstanding entries were displayed at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
The opening ceremony on 3 October 2022 was graced by EU Ambassador to India H.E. Ugo Astuto, Deputy Chief of Mission at the French Embassy Damien Syed, Country Director for AFD in India Bruno Bosle, Joint Secretary & Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Kunal Kumar, esteemed photographer and chairperson of the competition jury Raghu Rai, NIUA Director Hitesh Vaidya, and Social Safeguards Specialist for CITIIS Shalini Mishra. The dignitaries appreciated how the exhibition reflected the lived realities of India's urban citizens and felicitated the winners of the competition.
As part of the CITIIS program’s state-level commitments in Odisha, two workshops were held in September 2022 to train officials and build their long-term capacities.
The workshop on 8- 9 September 2022 was organised to train the Odisha Water Supply and Sewerage Board officials on leadership and team-building skills. With a variety of sessions led by the Sanjay Pramanik, Bhakta Kabi Das and P.K Mohapatra, the participants took away lessons in team-building and leadership, inculcating a creative mind-set and positive attitude, ethics and accountability, risk management, effective communication, and design thinking.
The second workshop, held on 22- 23 September, was aimed at training Odisha State Housing Board (OSHB) officials on the dos and don’ts of procurement. The trainees learnt about the procurement of goods and services, preparing and managing various contracts, e-tendering and other requirements specific to OSHB.
NIUA’s Resources and Waste team under the Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot project (SCIAP) (which is one of the projects under GEF’s Sustainable Cities Programme in the GEF 6 cycle), has been empowering city officials through the capacity-building training programmes.
NIUA in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), is implementing the project on sustainable cities in five pilot cities: Jaipur, Mysore, Vijayawada, Guntur and Bhopal. The workshops aimed to enlighten the ULB officials to help build a holistic vision for a sustainable urban future.
432 officials (senior, mid and ground level) have been trained till date in four cities: Mysore, Vijayawada, Guntur and Jaipur. The training program outcomes from these cities will be scaled up to 25 Indian cities, which share similar scales and complexity of issues in implementing sustainable strategies. The final workshop for a larger number of ULBs is scheduled to be held in Bhopal in the month of November 2022.
To raise awareness on air pollution, and its impacts on health and well-being among school children and also to highlight the Municipal Government's initiatives on clean air actions, the CapaCITIES project supported Vadodara Municipal Corporation to organise an event titled 'Children’s Round Table on Clean Air Solution' at My Shanen School in Vadodara city on 7 September 2022. The event coincided with the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, the theme for which was 'The Air We Share'. Volunteers from the Shah Academy also participated and distributed awareness generation templates to 300 school children.
NIUA signed MoU with International Water Association (IWA) for scaling up capacity building, partnerships & cross learning, at the World Water Congress 2022.
The SCBP work of Uttarakhand was presented by Mahreen Matto, at World Water Congress 2022, which is Published by IWAHQ at Copenhagen as Inclusive Urban Sanitation Stories. Click here for more details on the presentation.
To build the capacities of ULB and state officials on planning, implementation and management of wastewater treatment solutions, SCBP at NIUA in collaboration with The Regional Centre for Urban Environmental Studies (RCUES), Lucknow, organised 3 Advanced training programmes on 'Integrated Wastewater and Septage Management' (IWSM) for 3-days. The first training was held at RCUES Lucknow and the other 2 at Ranchi, for ULB officials, with the support of Ecosan Services Foundation. The training provided a holistic understanding of designing wastewater and septage management solutions, to address the priorities under national missions i.e. SBM 2.0 and AMRUT 2.0.
3-day specialized training programme on IWSM was organised at Nainital for the ULB officials, Uttarakhand Peyjal and Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan with the support of Uttarakhand Academy of Administration, Nainital and Ecosan Services Foundation. The training provided a comprehensive understanding of wastewater and septage management and introduced an integrated planning approach for managing wastewater and septage at city/town level.
NIUA with the support of Urban Development Directorate, Uttarakhand organised a one day State Consultation Event on Citywide Inclusive Sanitation on 19 October 2022 in Dehradun. The objective was to highlight the status and progress of wastewater and septage management and showcase the state's approach towards CWIS. Successful case studies of the state, national and international levels were discussed, along with the way forward with respect to CWIS in the discourse of inclusivity and climate change. The event was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Government of Uttarakhand, Premchand Aggarwal in the presence of various esteemed dignitaries.
The State Advisory Note on Co-treatment of FSS with Sewage in STPs; State Strategy and Investment Plan: FSSM in Uttarakhand, and Advisory Note for ULBs for Operationalising State Septage Management Protocol prepared by the SCBP team for driving sanitation activities in Uttarakhand, were launched by the Honorable Minister.
Nine front runner cities of Uttarakhand (Dehradun, Rishikesh, Muni-ki-Reti, Chamba, Haridwar, Rudrapur, Haldwani, Roorkee and Ramnagar) were felicitated with an award of appreciation by the Honorable Minister for their outstanding efforts and performance in water and sanitation (including solid waste management).
Centre for Digital Governance (CDG)
A nationwide ‘Citizen Perception Survey’ was conducted by NUDM, hosted on MyGov portal from 5 August-9 September 2022 with the aim to understand the perspectives of Indian citizens with regard to their access, choices and usage of municipal services online and offline.
The results revealed that as many as 67.3% of citizens were aware of the online municipal services and 53.8% of citizens have utilised the online municipal services in their cities. A staggering 87.9% were willing to recommend the online municipal services to their friends and relatives. It also showcased that website is the most preferred mode of accessing municipal services online. Around 45% preferred online mode of accessing municipal services.
The applications for the second cohort of the NUDM Fellowship Program were invited from 29 August- 9 October 2022. The NUDM Fellows work with leaders in administration, industry and technology sectors to ensure the delivery of common municipal services to urban Indian citizens.
NUDM is a flagship mission of MoHUA to digitalise urban citizen services using shared digital infrastructure. It will enable various governments in taking forward their vision of adopting the era of digital revolution.
MoUs were signed with 6 states for onboarding them for implementation of NUDM to provide online delivery of common urban services to the citizens:
A review meeting of the NUDM was held in Lucknow to check the status of implementation of NUDM in the state. A diagnostic study was conducted to determine the gaps & needs of common municipal services that would benefit citizens at large. The review meeting was chaired by Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and attended by the state government officials.
Haryana and Madhya Pradesh (MP) became the 2 champion states mandating NULP for online training courses for their employees. On 23 August 2022 the NULP team conducted an interactive workshop with 93 ULBs of Haryana. Hon'ble Minister of ULBs, Kamal Gupta made the course on Solid Waste Management compulsory for the officials on NULP.
A workshop was organised on 28 September 2022 in Bhopal in collaboration with the Urban Administration and Development Department, MP where the mandatory training on SAP (on which MP's e-services are built) was agreed to be hosted on NULP.
The NULP team introduces the functionality of the NULP platform and registered the learning needs of the officials of Rajasthan on 30 August 2022 and for the ULBs of Manipur on 22 September 2022.
The Manipur session was attended by Municipal Commissioners and Executive Officers of the 7 Urban Local Bodies along with Robert Kshtrimayum, Director and M. Nando Singh, Joint Director Municipal Administration Housing Urban Department (MAHUD).
In Rajasthan, Team NULP engaged the 30+ ULBs along with Rakesh Kumar (RAS), Additional Director, Ashok Kr Meena, Deputy Director (ACP), Himani Tiwari, Local Self Government Department, Govt. of Rajasthan.
Centre for Urbanisation and Economic Growth (CUEG)
The Urban Outcomes Framework (UOF), launched on 18 April 2022 by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) is an initiative to develop a transparent and comprehensive database based on cross-city outcomes across 14 sectors. With an aim to democratise data by making it accessible to all urban stakeholders, MoHUA also launched an Integrated Data Portal (AMPLIFI) for data collection on 6 June 2022.
On behalf of MoHUA, NIUA is leading the UOF 2022 exercise. It encompasses the third round of Ease of Living (EOL), Municipal Performance Index (MPI), Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) and Data Maturity Assessment Framework (DMAF). Since, EOL incorporates Citizen Perception Survey (CPS), to capture the residents’ views on urban services and to assess the sense of their liveability within cities, MoHUA will launch CPS on 10 November 2022 for a period of 45 days. It is proposed to capture and reflect the opinion of more than 20 Lakh citizens, which constitutes about 1% of the population.
We encourage you to take part in survey or scan the QR code.
NIUA’s SHLC team presented the findings of the project during 16th PASCAL International Conference on 'Learning and Crises: Future-proofing City Responses' co-organised by the Tampere University, Finland from 24- 26 October 2022.
Key findings were as below:
The SHLC team organised the Global Authors Meet on 19 October 2022 to draw the contours of the upcoming book on Urban Policies in Asia and Africa. This book proposes to take stock of urban scenerios across seven different countries in Asia and Africa, examining key developments in National Urban Policy and mapping emerging trends in urbanisation, particularly in light of the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
NIUA in collaboration with UNICEF organised a two-day on-line training workshop on ‘Tools and Techniques for Primary Data Collection’ on 8- 9 September, 2022. Use of Computer-Assisted Personal Interviews (CAPI) were explained during the training. More than 30 people from Navi Mumbai, Pune, Madurai and Ahmedabad participated in the training.
NIUA team conducted stakeholders’ consultations in Navi Mumbai and Ahmedabad on 10 October 2022 to assess the Governance, Institutional and Financing Challenges of Primary Health Centers. Key informant interviews were also conducted with the state health officials. More such consultations will be taking place in November 2022.
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