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In 2014, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) held the first iteration of an annual workshop on urban public policy. This August, we hold the second iteration of Urban Policy Dialogues to once again bring together policy makers, practitioners, academics, urban residents, and representatives of civil society and social movements to discuss, debate and engage with communities of practice across urban sectors.

With the launch of national flagship policy programmes in June 2015, the UPD 2015 is themed to help address the challenges of effective implementation on ground. The theme, therefore, is “From Policy to Implementation.” The focus of the two-day event will be on translating policies to action and impact on the ground, and assessing what can enable or hinder this translation. In a particularly dynamic urban policy moment, this is a critical focus as several urban programmes are transitioning into implementation mode.

The workshop is organised around four cross-sectoral themes specific to implementation challenges. Participants will engage these themes as they apply within and affect five sectors of urban practice.

The dialogues are imagined as a focused, intensive workshop. Participation is by invitation only. However, the public lecture, prior to the event is open to all and the details can be found here

Detailed proceedings will be published by November, 2015.

Themes and Sectors

The four cross-cutting themes are:

  • Integrated Urban Planning:The emergent urban policy landscape from AMRUT to Smart Cities requires a fundamental change in planning processes and instruments towards integration. Technology is one medium that is being proposed as a means to realise such integration in practice. This thematic focuses on different ways to operationalise and sustain integrated urban planning across not just technological and data platforms, but institutions, policy and planning instruments, sectors, and practitioners.
  • Evidence and Knowledge:This thematic asks participants to gauge specific gaps in the current state of knowledge in their sector that directly or indirectly impact implementation. This can range from the lack of scientific or technical knowledge; particular absences in knowledge about regions, places, or sites; inadequate or missing data; or even the lack of inter-disciplinary or inter-sectoral movement of knowledge, to take a few examples.
  • Rethinking Participation: One of the most enduring challenges of effective implementation is what is known in different circles as stakeholder participation, community participation or even participatory development. The critiques of co-option, rubber stamping, and even manipulation are well known yet there have also been cases of successful mobilisation and participation of non-state actors in governance processes. How do we re-think participation from a perspective of effective implementation?
  • Institutional Capacity:If a diversity of actors are responsible for reaching desired policy outcomes, the question of their capacity to do so becomes paramount. These themes looks not just at the capacity of the state, but also of market and civil society institutions to assess whether different actors have the capacity (economic, intellectual, technical, financial, political) to deliver on their roles.

These themes will be discussed in the following sectors:

  • Land
  • Housing
  • Transport
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction
Programme

The Urban Policy Dialogues 2015 will be held August 20th and 21st, 2015

IIHS Bangalore City Campus
No. 197/36, 2nd Main Road
Sadashivanagar
Bangalore 560 080. India

tel: +91 80 6760 6666
fax: +91 80 2361 6814

Urban Policy Dialogues 2015 : Session Plan
Day 1 | 20 August 2015
09:30 – 11:00 Session 1:
Urbanisation: Trends and Policy Questions for India
11:00 – 11:30 Tea Break
11:30 – 12:30 Session 2:
From Policy to Implementation – Framing the cross-cutting themes:

1)      Rethinking Participation
2)     Evidence and Knowledge
3)     Institutional Capacity
4)     Integrated Urban Planning

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:30 Session 3:
Learning from Sectors – Implementation Challenges and Responses
(Parallel Sessions)

i)       Land
ii)      Housing
iii)    Transportation
iv)    Water and Sanitation
v)      Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

15:30 – 16:00 Tea Break
16:00 – 17:30 Session 4:
Learning from Sectors (Contd.)
(Parallel Sessions)

 i)      Land
ii)      Housing
iii)    Transportation
iv)    Water and Sanitation
v)      Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction


17:30-18:00
Session 5:
(Parallel Sessions)

Learning from Sectors – Preparations for Group Presentations for  Plenary Session on Day 2

20:00 Workshop Dinner
Day 2 | 21 August 2015
10:00 -11:00 Session 1:
Learning from Sectors – Implementation Challenges and Responses
Presentations by Sector Groups
11:00 – 11:30 Tea Break
11:30 – 12:15 Session 2:
Learning from Sectors – Implementation Challenges and Responses (Contd.)
Presentations by Sector Groups
12:15 – 13:00 Session 3:

Reflections on Implementation
Theme 1: Re-thinking Participation

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:45 Session 4:
Reflections on Implementation
Theme 2: Evidence and Knowledge
14: 45 – 15:30 Session 5:
Reflections on Implementation
Theme 3: Institutional Capacity 
15:30 – 16:00 Tea Break
16:00 – 16:45 Session 6:
Reflections on Implementation
Theme 4: Integrated Urban Planning
16:45 – 17:30 Session 7:
Conclusion and Next Steps
Public Events

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Taming cities or repoliticising urban policy?
Prof. Adriana Allen

19 August 2015 | 6.30 pm | IIHS Bangalore City Campus

Cities can be understood as the product of multiple taming practices and strategies, ranging from the domestication of nature to secure key resources, to the disciplining of the relational and organizational structures and behaviours that shape everyday urban life. But cities are also profoundly untameable because they are a complex and often unintelligible web of policy-driven and everyday practices that produce them in fundamentally political ways.

In this presentation I navigate through this web exploring a repertoire of urban policies applied in two Latin American metropolises (Lima and Mexico) through a number of favorite taming narratives: from the containment of urban sprawl through zero growth pacts, service non-provision, and payment for ecosystem services to risk mitigation and land titling policies. The talk explores how these policy narratives and interventions try to act upon seemingly undesirable trajectories of socio-economic and environmental change though often perpetuating and reproducing what is deemed as ‘undesirable’ in the first place.

Bio
Adriana Allen is Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainability at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London, where she leads the Research Cluster on Environmental Justice, Urbanisation and Resilience (EJUR). Originally trained as a planner in Argentina, she specialised over the years in the fields of urban environmental planning and political ecology.

Participants
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Adriana AllenAdriana Allen
Professor,
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
Ananth PadmanabhanAnanth Padmanabhan
Head,
Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives
Hari MenonHari Menon
Deputy Director – Policy, Advocacy and Government Relations, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Kalpana GopalanKalpana Gopalan
Principal Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs & Legal Metrology Department, Government of Karnataka
Prof. M.S. SriramM. S. Sriram
Visiting Faculty,
Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
Mohan RaoMohan Rao
Founder,
Integrated Design
Narender PaniNarendar Pani
Professor,
School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies
Neha SaigalNeha Saigal
Programme Manager, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives
Ramesh SubramanianRamesh Subramanian
Consultant
rohini nilekaniRohini Nilekani
Chairperson, Arghyam
Sameer SharmaSameer Sharma
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India
Shrawan Kumar AcharyaShrawan Kumar Acharya
Professor,
Centre for Study of Regional Development (CSRD), School of Social Sciences (SSS), Jawaharlal Nehru University
Snehlata NathSnehlata Nath
Director,
Keystone Foundation
SSumantra Senumantra Sen
Chief Executive Officer,
JSW Foundation
Swaminathan RSwaminathan. R.
Chief Program Officer,
Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives
T K Anil kumarT. K. Anil Kumar
Secretary to Government,
(M&UDA)Urban Development Department, Govt. of Karnataka
 GK BHATG. K. Bhat
Chairman,
TARU Leading Edge Pvt. Ltd.
 Harini NagendraDr. Harini Nagendra
Associate Professor,
School of Development,  Azim Premji University
Dr. Purnamita DasguptaPurnamita Dasgupta
Ford Foundation Chair in Environmental & Resource Economics & Acting Head, Environmental Economics Unit,  Institute of Economic Growth
R A VenkitachalamR. A. Venkitachalam
Vice-President,
Public Safety Mission, Underwriters Laboratories
Rohit Jigyasu
UNESCO Chair professor at the Research Centre for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
Sanjay SridharSanjay Sridhar
Regional Director for South and West Asia,
C40 Cities
Dr. Sharad LeleSharad Lele
Programme Leader (Forests and Governance),
Centre for Environment and Development,  Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
Shiv SomeshwarShiv Someshwar
Director,
Climate Policy at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Dr. Shrinivas BadigerShrinivas Badiger
Fellow,
(Land, Water and Livelihoods Programme, Centre for Environment and Development), Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
Mr. Toine Van MegenToine Van Megen
Co-Founder,
Auroville Consulting
Ms. Ulka KelkarUlka Kelkar
Fellow,
Climate Change, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
Amita BhideAmita Bhide
Chairperson,
Centre of Urban Planning, Policy and Governance, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
Anant Mariganti
Director,
Hyderabad Urban Lab
 Aparna DasAparna Das
Urban Team Member,
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
D RavishankarD. Ravishankar
Deputy General Manager, HUDCO
Kartik DesaiKartik Desai
Principal,
Asha Impact
S V KamathS. V. Kamath
General Manager,
HUDCO
P LakshapathiP. Lakshapathi
Founder & Executive Director,
Association for Promoting Social Action (APSA)
Prasad ShettyPrasad Shetty
Founder Member, Collective Resource Initiatives Trust (CRIT); and Faculty at School of Environment and Architecture (SEA)
Sheela PatelSheela Patel
Founding Director,
Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC)
Suresh-IyerSuresh Iyer
General Manager, Operations, GRUH Microfinance
V. SatyanarayanaV. Satyanarayana
Co-Founder and CEO, Aarusha Rental Homes
Abha Singhal joshiAbha Singhal Joshi
Lawyer
user-IconBajrang Lal Sharma
Former Member,
Board of Revenue, Govt. of Rajasthan
Dr. Deepak SananDeepak Sanan
Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Government of Himachal Pradesh
 user-IconK. L. Sharma
Deputy Director, Directorate of Consolidation & Land Records, Government of Haryana
KPKrishnanK. P. Krishnan
Additional Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India
Maheshwar RaoMaheshwar Rao
Managing Director,
Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. (KPCL), Government of Karnataka
Mridula SinghMridula Singh
Senior Social Development Specialist,
World Bank
Dr. N. SridharanN. Sridharan
Director,
School of Planning and Architecture, Vijaywada
Nikhil Dey PhotoNikhil Dey
Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS)
Dr. Partha MukhopadhyayPartha Mukhopadyay
Senior Fellow,
Centre for Policy Research (CPR)
Ramesh SharmaRamesh Sharma
Campaign Co-ordinator,
Ekta Parishad
Shankar NarayananShankar Narayanayan
Senior Specialist,
World Bank
Shreya DebShreya Deb
Principal – Investments,
Omidyar Network
Videh UpadhyayVideh Upadhyay
Lawyer
Abhijit LokreAbhijit Lokre
Transport Planner
 Advait JaniAdvait Jani
Programme Co-ordinator – Chennai, ITDP India
Ekroop CaurEkroop Caur
Managing Director,
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC)
Madhav PaiMadhav Pai
Director,
EMBARQ India
OP AgarwalO. P. Agarwal
Dean,
Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management, Indian School of Business
opmishraO. P. Mishra
Additional Secretary,
Home Ministry, Government of India
Paromita royParomita Roy
Deputy Director, Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure Planning & Engineering Centre (UTTIPEC), Delhi Development Authority (DDA)
R S MinhasR. S. Minhas
Deputy Chief General Manager, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC)
Rachana SinghRachana Singh
Architect and Urban Planner,
Brigade Group
Rajender Kumar KatariaRajender Kumar Kataria
Managing Director,
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)
Sarika Panda BhattSarika Panda Bhatt
Trustee,
Raahgiri Foundation
Vidyadhar PhatakVidyadhar Phatak
Independent Consultant
Krishna ChaitanyaChaitanya Krishna Rao
Researcher,
International Water Management Institute
Jayamala SubramaniamJayamala Subramaniam
CEO,
Arghyam
Krishna GopalKrishna Gopal
Independent Consultant
M.ElangovanM. Elangovan
Executive Director,
Gramalaya
M N TippeswamyM. N. Thippeswamy
Independent Consultant
Madhu KrishnaMadhu Krishna
Senior Program Officer,
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Manivannan PonniahManivannan Ponniah
Chief Project Officer, Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project and Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board
Neelima ThotaNeelima Thota
Water and Sanitation Expert
Rajiv ramanRajiv Raman
Independent Consultant
Ravi NarayananRavi Narayanan
Director (Urban),
Arghyam
Joseph RavikumarRavikumar Joseph
Water and Sanitation Program (WSP),
World Bank
Roshan ShresthaRoshan Shreshtha
Senior Program Officer,
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Team,  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
S. VishwanathS. Vishwanath
Founder,
Rainwater Harvest Club and  Independent Consultant
Shanthanu JhaShantanu Jha
Former Chairman,Kalyani Municipal Council
SumitaSusmita Sinha
Director,
CDD Society
StanzinStanzin Tsephel
Programme Coordinator,
BORDA South Asia
Yogesh JadejaYogesh Jadeja
Arid Communities and Technologies (ACT), Bhuj

GK BHATG. K. Bhat
Chairman,
TARU Leading Edge Pvt. Ltd.
Harini NagendraDr. Harini Nagendra
Associate Professor,
School of Development,  Azim Premji University
Dr. Purnamita DasguptaPurnamita Dasgupta
Ford Foundation Chair in Environmental & Resource Economics & Acting Head, Environmental Economics Unit,  Institute of Economic Growth
R A VenkitachalamR. A. Venkitachalam
Vice-President,
Public Safety Mission, Underwriters Laboratories
Rohit Jigyasu
UNESCO Chair professor at the Research Centre for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
Sanjay SridharSanjay Sridhar
Regional Director for South and West Asia,
C40 Cities
Dr. Sharad LeleSharad Lele
Programme Leader (Forests and Governance),
Centre for Environment and Development,  Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
Shiv SomeshwarShiv Someshwar
Director,
Climate Policy at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Dr. Shrinivas BadigerShrinivas Badiger
Fellow,
(Land, Water and Livelihoods Programme, Centre for Environment and Development), Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
Mr. Toine Van MegenToine Van Megen
Co-Founder,
Auroville Consulting
Ms. Ulka KelkarUlka Kelkar
Fellow,
Climate Change, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)

Amita BhideAmita Bhide
Chairperson,
Centre of Urban Planning, Policy and Governance, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
Anant Mariganti
Director,
Hyderabad Urban Lab
Aparna DasAparna Das
Urban Team Member,
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
D RavishankarD. Ravishankar
Deputy General Manager, HUDCO
Kartik DesaiKartik Desai
Principal,
Asha Impact
S V KamathS. V. Kamath
General Manager,
HUDCO
P LakshapathiP. Lakshapathi
Founder & Executive Director,
Association for Promoting Social Action (APSA)
Prasad ShettyPrasad Shetty
Founder Member, Collective Resource Initiatives Trust (CRIT); and Faculty at School of Environment and Architecture (SEA)
Sheela PatelSheela Patel
Founding Director,
Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC)
Suresh-IyerSuresh Iyer
General Manager, Operations, GRUH Microfinance
V. SatyanarayanaV. Satyanarayana
Co-Founder and CEO, Aarusha Rental Homes

Abha Singhal joshiAbha Singhal Joshi
Lawyer
user-IconBajrang Lal Sharma
Former Member,
Board of Revenue, Govt. of Rajasthan
Dr. Deepak SananDeepak Sanan
Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Government of Himachal Pradesh
user-IconK. L. Sharma
Deputy Director, Directorate of Consolidation & Land Records, Government of Haryana
KPKrishnanK. P. Krishnan
Additional Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India
Maheshwar RaoMaheshwar Rao
Managing Director,
Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. (KPCL), Government of Karnataka
Mridula SinghMridula Singh
Senior Social Development Specialist,
World Bank
Dr. N. SridharanN. Sridharan
Director,
School of Planning and Architecture, Vijaywada
Nikhil Dey PhotoNikhil Dey
Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS)
Dr. Partha MukhopadhyayPartha Mukhopadyay
Senior Fellow,
Centre for Policy Research (CPR)
Ramesh SharmaRamesh Sharma
Campaign Co-ordinator,
Ekta Parishad
Shankar NarayananShankar Narayanayan
Senior Specialist,
World Bank
Shreya DebShreya Deb
Principal – Investments,
Omidyar Network
Videh UpadhyayVideh Upadhyay
Lawyer

Abhijit LokreAbhijit Lokre
Transport Planner
Advait JaniAdvait Jani
Programme Co-ordinator – Chennai, ITDP India
Ekroop CaurEkroop Caur
Managing Director,
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC)
Madhav PaiMadhav Pai
Director,
EMBARQ India
OP AgarwalO. P. Agarwal
Dean,
Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management, Indian School of Business
opmishraO. P. Mishra
Additional Secretary,
Home Ministry, Government of India
Paromita royParomita Roy
Deputy Director, Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure Planning & Engineering Centre (UTTIPEC), Delhi Development Authority (DDA)
R S MinhasR. S. Minhas
Deputy Chief General Manager, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC)
Rachana SinghRachana Singh
Architect and Urban Planner,
Brigade Group
Rajender Kumar KatariaRajender Kumar Kataria
Managing Director,
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)
Sarika Panda BhattSarika Panda Bhatt
Trustee,
Raahgiri Foundation
Vidyadhar PhatakVidyadhar Phatak
Independent Consultant

Krishna ChaitanyaChaitanya Krishna Rao
Researcher,
International Water Management Institute
Jayamala SubramaniamJayamala Subramaniam
CEO,
Arghyam
Krishna GopalKrishna Gopal
Independent Consultant
M.ElangovanM. Elangovan
Executive Director,
Gramalaya
M N TippeswamyM. N. Thippeswamy
Independent Consultant
Madhu KrishnaMadhu Krishna
Senior Program Officer,
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Manivannan PonniahManivannan Ponniah
Chief Project Officer, Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project and Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board
Neelima ThotaNeelima Thota
Water and Sanitation Expert
Rajiv ramanRajiv Raman
Independent Consultant
Ravi NarayananRavi Narayanan
Director (Urban),
Arghyam
Joseph RavikumarRavikumar Joseph
Water and Sanitation Program (WSP),
World Bank
Roshan ShresthaRoshan Shreshtha
Senior Program Officer,
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Team,  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
S. VishwanathS. Vishwanath
Founder,
Rainwater Harvest Club and  Independent Consultant
Shanthanu JhaShantanu Jha
Former Chairman,Kalyani Municipal Council
StanzinStanzin Tsephel
Programme Coordinator,
BORDA South Asia
SumitaSusmita Sinha
Director,
CDD Society
Yogesh JadejaYogesh Jadeja
Arid Communities and Technologies (ACT), Bhuj