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The IIHS provides advisory services to national and state governments, public, para-statal municipal agencies, international agencies and private firms in the broad area of human settlements and urbanisation, with a view to providing cutting edge and integrated solutions to some of India’s emerging urban development challenges. It also serves on a number of national and state level government committees and policy fora.

Domestic Policy & Practice Support

CLIMATE AND DEVELOPMENT NETWORK (CDKN) INTEGRATED URBAN CLIMATE ASSESSMENT
“Future Proofing Indian Cities” is a £0.5 million project that will undertake the first metropolitan integrated climate assessment for Bangalore and Madurai. This 14 –month collaborative project between IIHS, Atkins UK and University College London (UCL) will break new ground in preparing urban adaptation and mitigation opportunities for climate financing. The project aims to help stakeholders in Bangalore (led by IIHS) and Madurai (led by Atkins) respond to potential climate hazards, enable the transition to a low carbon economy while reducing poverty and catalyzing economic development. In doing so, it seeks particularly to enhance local ownership and implementation of policy processes.

Practice Areas: Climate Change, Resilience Planning, Risk Assessment
Partners And Clients: Climate and Development Network (CDKN), Atkins, University College London (UCL)


ROCKEFELLER – IIHS URBAN INDIA POLICY SUPPORT PARTNERSHIP 2012-2014.
This partnership seeks to leverage the potential for urban transformation in India by exploring inadequately analysed cross-sectoral themes and areas of potential policy and programme interventions. The $0.4million, two-year partnership was initiated in late 2012 and will continue through October 2014. IIHS will produce a series of working papers, policy briefs,digital interviews,  and a range of teaching-learning material that are all directed towards addressing various kinds of urbanisation challenges being faced by Indian cities. Each of the knowledge outputs is targeted at national, state and city policymakers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, civil society leaders, and communities and local stakeholders. This project will engage with policy concerns that span the growth-equity-resilience-transformative development spectrum, especially when viewed against the landscape of the global South.

Practice Areas: Urban Economy, Urban Poverty, Water, Environment, Housing, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Mobility, Institutions, Law and Governance, Urban Land, Rural Urban Linkages and New Emerging Towns
Partners And Clients: Rockefeller Foundation (RF)


URBAN LAND RECORDS MANAGEMENT AND E-GOVERNANCE SUPPORT INITIATIVE
This year-long project seeks to examine land records modernisation efforts in four Indian states of Karnataka, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar. It involves a background study of the legal-institutional terrain as well as an analysis of the effectiveness of current and on-going land record reform programmes and e-governance initiatives, their linkages to planning and the technologies in use. The project attempts an assessment of how the above factors impact various stakeholders within Government, citizen groups (including informal settlements), and the real estate and housing finance markets.  The study involves detailed secondary analyses, primary studies and key informant interviews in the selected states and specific sites within them. It will draw in international participants who have experience of large scale records modernization and produce national and state level reports, that will be presented for discussions in state level and national level consultations to identify potential areas of improvement, institutional arrangements and pilot test sites.

Practice Areas: Urban Land management, Land tenure and Informality, Urban Planning, Law and Governance, Institutions, Housing, Rural Urban Linkages.
Partners And Clients: Omidyar Network. www.omidyar.com


UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME: URBAN POVERTY STRATEGY (2013-2017)
IIHS helped design UNDPs Urban Poverty Strategy for India over 2013-2017.  UNDP has had a historically strong rural development presence in India. Their new country programme shifts their focus to interventions in urban areas, responding to increasing challenges and tremendous opportunity for change in cities. Multiple stakeholders from the government, public sector, private sector, communities as well as other potential donors were engaged with to help build an operationalisable partnership strategies for UNDP. The final output was in the form of a strategy report.

Practice Areas:Urban Economy, Urban Poverty
Partners And Clients:United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


MAHILA HOUSING TRUST (SEWA) PROJECT
MHT, a member of the broader Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) network, is implementing an urban sanitation project in Katihar, Bihar with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The vision of the project is to ‘develop, test and refine business models and best practices’, for urban sanitation that can then be scaled up to extend to other parts of Bihar. The project aims to extend ‘sensitive sanitation solutions’ to at least 1,200 households by the way of loans for hand pumps and toilets, and create a local resource pool by training and generating employment for 250 people, predominantly women. IIHS is MHT’s research partner developing a research framework to test the effectiveness, sustainability, and scalability of proposed interventions. This will be done through undertaking baseline and endline studies to track the effectiveness of the programme and trace its impact.

Practice Areas: Environmental Services, Water and Sanitation
Partners And Clients: Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)


BANGALORE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (BDA) KNOWLEDGE PARTNERSHIP
The IIHS has helped support the BDA in the development of the revised Bangalore Master Plan 2035. This includes advisory support in structuring, procurement and selection of consultants;  a human resource assessment and capacity building plan; and theestablishment of a fully functional GIS cell and data to support Plan execution

Practice Areas: Institutional Development
Partners And Clients: Bangalore Development Authority (BDA)


GOVERNMENT OF KARNATAKAREVISION OF KEY KARNATAKA URBAN LEGISLATIONS
Support to a process of comprehensive revision of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act to bring it into consonance with decentralisation provisions of the 74th Amendment, Constitution of India.  This involves conceptual understanding of the policy and legislative issues involving urban governance, the institutional structures as well as political economy considerations. It also included support to the on-going attempt to revise Development Control Regulations for Bangalore.

Practice Areas: Urban Law and Governance
Partners And Clients: Government of Karnataka (GoK)


GOVERNMENT OF NCT OF DELHI
An IIHS team provided support to the revision of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957. The team was specifically tasked by the Committee of Experts asked to revise the Act with providing inputs on the provision of basic environemental and social services to informal settlements and low-income settlements.

Practice Areas: Urban Law and Governance
Partners And Clients: Government of Delhi (GoNCT)


OTHER ADVISORY AREAS
In addition, IIHS staff members participate in a wide range of policy consultations as members of key committees of the Government of India.

PLANNING COMMISSION
XII Plan Steering Committee on the Construction Sector
XII Plan Steering Committee on Higher Education
Narayanmurthy Committee on Corporate Sector participation in Higher Education
XII Plan Sub-Committee on Community engagement in Higher Education
Roadmap for Education Sector Reforms
National Monitoring Committee for Nalanda University

MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT
Consultation on National Universities for Research and Innovation

MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT
XII Plan Working Group on Industrial and Urban Water Supply and Sanitation

MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN POVERTY ALLEVIATION
Consultations on Rajiv Awas Yojana
Consultations on the National Urban Livelihoods Mission

International Policy & Practice Support

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS NETWORK (UN-SDSN) – CO-CHAIR OF THE THEMATIC GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE CITIES
As the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015, the SDSN is tasked by the UN Secretary General with developing a new framework for global development over the 2015-30 period as mandated by the Rio+20 Summit. This framework will be developed around Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that for the first time embrace all UN agencies and 192 UN member states nations (from high to low-income countries) via ten integrative development goals. IIHS has been supporting the development of an Urban Sustainable Development Goal as input into the SDSN Thematic Group on Sustainable Cities.

Practice AreasSustainable Urban Development, Resilience Planning
Partners and ClientsUnited Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN)


INTER-GOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IPCC)ASSESSMENT REPORT 5: COORDINATING LEAD AUTHOR ON URBAN ADAPTATION
An IIHS team with Rockefeller Foundation support has been contributing to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report assessment of urban adaptation. This chapter assesses current scientific knowledge on the drivers and impacts of climate change on urban centres, their populations and economies; identifies strategies and measures to adapt to these changes (especially protecting vulnerable groups); and maps the institutional and governance changes needed to underpin this.  The chapter undertakes a global review of research and action by academic and research institutions, policymakers and city administrators, the private sector and civil society towards climate change adaptation and transformative development in cities across the world. Case studies of New York, Durban, London and Dar es Salaam are presented.

Practice Areas: 
Climate Change, Resilience Planning
Partners and Clients: Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rockefeller Foundation (RF)


UNITED NATION’S INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY FOR DISASTER RISK (UNISDR) – GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF RISK 2011 AND 2013
The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is UNISDR’ biennial global assessment of disaster risk reduction and comprehensive review and analysis of the natural hazards affecting humanity. The GAR contributes to achieving the Hyogo Framework of Action via monitoring risk patterns, trends and progress in disaster risk reduction while providing strategic policy guidance to countries and the international community. IIHS serves on Advisory Board for the GAR and supported the GAR process via a research study on the “Role of Private Sector and Disaster Risk Reduction.” This study includes an analysis of four actors undertaking large-scale urban projects in Delhi— DMRC, DND, DIAL, DLF—through secondary research as well as primary surveys, assessments and interviews.

Practice Areas
Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Private Partnerships
Partners and ClientsUnited Nation’s International Strategy for Disaster Risk (UNISDR)


OECD/WORLD BANK/UNEP: INTERNATIONAL GREEN GROWTH KNOWLEDGE PLATFORM
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform is a global network of researchers and development experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. Through widespread consultation and research, GGKP provides practitioners and policymakers with better tools to foster economic growth and implement sustainable development. IIHS serves on the GGKP Advisory Committee (AC) which comprises experts from around the world with deep technical and/or policy experience related to green growth research and practice.

Practice AreasGreen Growth, Resilience Planning, Sustainable Urban Development
Partners and ClientsWorld Bank, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)