About

In 2014, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) organized the first iteration of the annual Urban Public Dialogues, as India’s flagship urban policies were being formulated. The 2015 Urban Policy Dialogues deliberated upon the challenges and innovations with the theme “From Policy to Implementation”.

With the launch of the [sg_popup id=”1″ event=”click”]UN Sustainable Development Goals[/sg_popup] in September 2015, the Urban Policy Dialogues 2016 will bring together policy makers, practitioners, academics, researchers, and representatives of civil society, to deliberate on the Sustainable Development Goals and Urban India.

The Urban Policy Dialogues 2016 focusses on six themes: Housing, Water and Sanitation, Energy, Land, Climate Change, and Risk and Resilience. The above thematic Groups shall deliberate on India’s current development policies and the SDG targets, and explore implementing and monitoring frameworks and processes.

There will be two moderated panel discussions where invited speakers will discuss the SDGs in the context of urban India. The first panel discussion “SDG targets and Urban Policies in India” will focus on water and sanitation, land and housing sectors, while the second panel discussion “SDGs and Urban India: Accelerating and sustaining progress” will dwell upon the themes of energy, education, climate change, risk and resilience, and financing for the SDGs.

Participation is by invitation only.

Themes and Sectors

The Sector Sessions will discuss two cluster of key questions around the SDGs and Urban India:

  1. How is India going to achieve these SDG Goals and meet India’s policy commitments?
  2. What are the monitoring frameworks (including institutional mechanisms and community processes) to track progress, and strengthen implementation?

These sessions shall help explore the challenges faced in interpreting, implementing and tracking the SDGs in India’s policy context and ground realities. Measurement of progress is intended not only to collect information for improving implementation, but also to strengthen the broader institutional and community processes that will help India accelerate her achievements with equity, accountability, and sustainability.

Based on the Presentations and Group Discussions in the Sector Sessions on Day 1, each group will present their reflections and recommendations to the
Plenary on Day 2.

These sector sessions will be as follows:

  • Climate Change
  • Risk and Resilience
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Land
  • Housing
  • Energy
Programme

The Urban Policy Dialogues 2016 will be held on November 10th and 11th, 2016

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


Day 1 | 10 November 2016
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Introductions and Setting the Context of the Policy Dialogues
9:45 AM – 11:15 AM Session 1:
Sustainable Development Goals and Urban India: Opportunities and Challenges – An IIHS Presentation
11:15 AM 11:45 AM TEA
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Session 2:
SDG targets and Urban Policies in India (Panel Discussion)
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM Setting the Agenda for Group Sessions
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM LUNCH
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Session 3:
Implementation and Monitoring: Frameworks and Processes
(in Parallel Group Sessions)

  1. Climate Change
  2. Energy
  3. Risk and Resilience
  4. Land
  5. Housing
  6. Water and Sanitation
4:00 PM 4:30 PM TEA
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Session 4:
Implementation and Monitoring: Frameworks and Processes (contd.)
(in Parallel Group Sessions)

  1. Climate Change
  2. Energy
  3. Risk and Resilience
  4. Land
  5. Housing
  6. Water and Sanitation
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Session 5:
Preparations for Group presentations for the Plenary Session on Day 2
(in Parallel Group Sessions)
7:00 PM onwards DINNER at
Tharangavana D/5, 12th Cross Rajamahal Vilas Extension Bangalore
Day 2 | 11 November 2016
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Launch of IIHS Case Study Series: Re-framing Inclusion
Recap from Day 1
9:45 AM – 11:15 AM Session 1:
Group presentations to Plenary

  1. Climate Change
  2. Energy
  3. Risk and Resilience

* Thematic discussions: Synergies between natural and built environment

11:15 AM – 11:40 AM TEA
11:40 AM – 12:45 PM Session 2:
Group presentations to Plenary4. Land
5. Housing

* Thematic discussions: Rural-urban continuum

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM Achieving SDGs – Invited Responses:
Transport and Mobility
Addressing the Challenges of Integration
Other Reflections
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM LUNCH
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Session 3:
Group presentations to plenary6.  Water and Sanitation

* Thematic discussions: Addressing exclusion

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM TEA
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Session 4:
SDGs and Urban India: Accelerating and sustaining progress
(Panel Discussion)
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Session 5:
Conclusion and Next Steps
Participants
AllClimate ChangeEnergyHousingRiskLandWater and Sanitation

Ajay Mathur
Director General,
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Amita Bhide
Chairperson,
Centre of Urban Planning, Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
Anant Mariganti
Director,
Hyderabad Urban Lab
anil-dasAnil Das
Consultant,
World Bank
Anirudh Burman
‎Legal Consultant/ Research Assistant,
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy
Arjun Kumar
Assistant Professor,
Department of Economics, College of Vocational Studies, University of Delhi
Ashok Sreenivas
Senior Research Fellow,
Prayas
Bijal Brahmbhatt
Executive Director,
Mahila Housing SEWA Trust
Bishwadeep Ghose
Director,
Arghyam
Brahmakamal Suryaprakash
Fellow and Program Director,
DAKSH
Champaka Rajagopal
Ph.D Scholar, Planning and International Development Studies at AISSR, University of Amsterdam
Chandrika Bahadur
President,
Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Association
Damodaran S.
Founder,
Gramalaya
Deepak Sanan
Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry,
Government of Himachal Pradesh
Diptiranjan Mahapatra
Associate Professor,
Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management (AIIM)
Divya Sharma
Senior Consultant,
Urban Policy Unit, Oxford Policy Management, India
Friederick Thonke
Advisor,
Inclusive Cities Partnership Program (ICPP), GIZ
G. Dhanalakshmi
Deputy Director,
Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies (TNIUS)
G. K. Bhat
Chairman,
TARU Leading Edge Pvt. Ltd.
G. Padmanabhan
Head,
Disaster Management Unit, UNDP, India
Gayatri Menon
Faculty,
Azim Premji University
Geetam Tiwari
Chair Professor,
Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
Georgina Cundill Kemp
Senior Program Officer,
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan
Assistant Professor,
National Institute for Advanced Studies
Issac Arul Selva
Editor and Publisher,
Slum Jagatthu
J. Sanjay
Scientist D,
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)
Jagdish Krishnaswamy
Convener and Senior Fellow,
ATREE
Janki Andheria
Professor,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
Jayamala Subramaniam
Chief Executive Officer,
Arghyam
Jessica Seddon
Founder and Director,
Okapi Research and Advisory
K. S. Selvanayaki
Assistant Professor (Women’s Studies),
Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies (TNIUS)
Kapil Gupta
Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Karen Coelho
Associate Professor,
Madras Institute of Development Studies
Kishore Mandyam
Co- Founder,
DAKSH
Krishnan Hariharan
Project Lead, Urban Sanitation,
Dasra
Lalitha Kamath
Associate Professor,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
Lavanya Madhyanam
Associate,
Urban Sanitation, Dasra
Lucia Scodanibbio
Project Manager, Adaptation at Scale in Semi- Arid Regions (ASSAR),
University of Cape Town
M.ElangovanM. Elangovan
Executive Director,
Gramalaya
M. N. Thippeswamy
Independent Consultant
Prof. M.S. SriramM. S. Sriram
Visiting Faculty, Centre for Public Policy,
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB)
M. Sudhakar Rao
Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISC)
Madalasa Venkataraman
Lead Researcher, Real Estate Research Initiative,
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore- Century Real Estate Research Initiative (IIMB-CRERI)
Madhan Kumar
Project Head,
Centre for Research and Development, Dhan Foundation
Mohan Rao
Principal Designer,
Integrated Design
Munish Moudgil
Managing Director,
Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation Limited
Narender PaniNarendar Pani
Professor,
School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies
Nat Malupillai
Co-Founder & Principal Consultant,
blueSky Strategies
Neeraj Kumar
Managing Editor,
Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI)
Nidhi Gupta
Project Manager,
Environmental Design Solutions [EDS]
O.P. Agarwal
Executive Director,
Punj Llyod Institute of Infrastructure Management, Indian School of Business (ISB)
Om Prakash Mathur
Senior Fellow,
Institute of Social Sciences
Partha Mukhopadhyay
Senior Fellow,
Centre for Policy Research (CPR)
Pratim Roy
Founder Director,
Keystone Foundation
Purnamita Dasgupta
Associate Professor,
Institute of Economic Growth
Swaminathan RR. Swaminathan
Chief Strategy and Program Officer,
Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI)
Radhika Khosla
Fellow,
Centre for Policy Research (CPR)
Rahul Jayan
Deputy Manager
HDFC Ltd.
Rajiv ramanRajiv Raman
Independent Consultant
Ramesh SharmaRamesh Sharma
Campaign Coordinator,
Ekta Parishad
Ramkumar Bendapudi
Lead Research Advisor,
Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR)
Ravi Narayan
Chair,
Governing Council, Asia Pacific Water Forum
Ritwika Sharma
Research Fellow,
Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy
Rohan Parikh
Independent Consultant
rohini nilekaniRohini Nilekani
Chairperson,
Arghyam
Rohit Jigyasu
UNESCO Chair Professor,
Research Centre for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
S. B. Lokesh
Regional Director,
Landesa Karnataka
S V KamathS. V. Kamath
Regional Chief,
HUDCO, Bangalore
S. VishwanathS. Vishwanath
Faculty,
Azim Premji University
Sandeep Virmani
Executive Vice Chairman,
Hunnarshala Foundation
Sandhya Haribal
Vice President,
Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka) Limited (iDeCK)
Sanjay Sridhar
Regional Director for South and West Asia,
C40 Cities
Sarah Habersack
Technical Advisor,
GIZ
Sasanka Velidandla
Chief Executive Officer,
Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination (CDD) Society
Shafali Sharma
Research Associate,
Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB)
Sheela Patel
Founding Director,
Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centre (SPARC)
Shrawan Kumar Acharya
Professor,
Centre for Study of Regional Development (CSRD), School of Social Sciences (SSS), Jawaharlal Nehru University
Shreya Gadepalli
Regional Director,
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
Shrinivas Badiger
Fellow,
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
Shruti Pandey
Program Officer,
Ford Foundation
Smita Kale
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Shelter Associates
Solomon Benjamin
Associate Professor,
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences , Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras
Dr. N. SridharanSridharan
Professor,
School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
Sudhir Chella Rajan
Professor,
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras
Sudhir Krishna
Professor,
National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS)
Sujatha Byravan
Principal Research Scientist,
Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP)
Sunder M. Senthilnathan
Senior Manager,
Policy Research & Advocacy, Arghyam
Sunil Kumar Reddy
State Director,
Landesa, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Suranjana Gupta
Advisor,
Community Resilience, Huairou Commission
Suresh Hari,
Secretary,
The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI)
T. Balachander
Program Coordinator,
Keystone Foundation
Tanmay Tathagat
Green Building,
Analyst, Environmental Design Solutions (EDS)
Toine Van Megen
Co-Founder,
Auroville Consulting
Varsha Ganguly
Professor,
Institute of Law, NIRMA University
Veena Srinivasan
Fellow,
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
Viraj Tyagi
Chief Executive Officer,
e-Governments Foundation
Yashashree Gurjar
Chief Executive Officer,
Avantha Foundation

Ajay Mathur
Director General,
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Georgina Cundill Kemp
Senior Program Officer,
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
J. Sanjay
Scientist D,
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)
Jagdish Krishnaswamy
Convener and Senior Fellow,
ATREE
Lucia Scodanibbio
Project Manager,
Adaptation at Scale in Semi- Arid Regions (ASSAR), University of Cape Town

Pratim Roy
Founder Director,
Keystone Foundation
Purnamita Dasgupta
Associate Professor,
Institute of Economic Growth
Radhika Khosla
Fellow,
Centre for Policy Research (CPR)
Ramkumar Bendapudi
Lead Research Advisor,
Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR)
Sanjay Sridhar
Regional Director for South and West Asia,
C40 Cities
Shrinivas Badiger
Fellow,
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
Sudhir Chella Rajan
Professor,
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras
Sujatha Byravan
Principal Research Scientist,
Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP)

Ashok Sreenivas
Senior Research Fellow,
Prayas
Diptiranjan Mahapatra
Associate Professor,
Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management (AIIM)
Geetam Tiwari
Chair Professor,
Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) New Delhi.
Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan
Assistant Professor,
National Institute for Advanced Studies
Nidhi Gupta
Project Manager,
Environmental Design Solutions [EDS]
Rohan Parikh
Independent Consultant
Shreya Gadepalli
Regional Director,
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
Suranjana Gupta
Advisor,
Community Resilience,
Huairou Commission
Tanmay Tathagat
Green Building,
Analyst,
Environmental Design Solutions (EDS)
Toine Van Megen
Co-Founder,
Auroville Consulting 

amita-bhideAmita Bhide
Chairperson,
Centre of Urban Planning, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
anant-maringantiAnant Mariganti
Director,
Hyderabad Urban Lab
arjun-kumarArjun Kumar
Assistant Professor,
Department of Economics,
College of Vocational Studies, University of Delhi
Issac Arul Selva
Editor and Publisher,
Slum Jagatthu
Partha Mukhopadhyay
Senior Fellow,
Centre for Policy Research (CPR)
Munish Moudgil
Managing Director,
Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation Limited
S V KamathS. V. Kamath
Regional Chief
HUDCO, Bangalore
Sandhya Haribal
Vice President,Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka) Limited (iDeCK)
sheela-patelSheela Patel
Founding Director,
Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centre (SPARC) 
shruti-pandeyShruti Pandey
Program Officer,
Ford Foundation 
solomon-benjaminSolomon Benjamin
Associate Professor,
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences , Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras
Suresh Hari,
Secretary,
The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI)

anil-das Anil Das
Consultant,
World Bank
Divya Sharma
Senior Consultant,Urban Policy Unit, Oxford Policy Management, India
G. K. Bhat
Chairman,
TARU Leading Edge Pvt. Ltd.
G. Padmanabhan
Head,
Disaster Management Unit, UNDP, India

Gayatri Menon

Faculty,Azim Premji University
Janki Andheria
Professor,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
Kapil Gupta
Professor
Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB)
Rohit Jigyasu
UNESCO Chair Professor,
Research Centre for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
Sandeep Virmani
Executive Vice Chairman, Hunnarshala Foundation

Anirudh Burman
‎Legal Consultant/ Research Assistant
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy
Brahmakamal Suryaprakash
Fellow and Program Director,
Daksh
Deepak Sanan
Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Himachal Pradesh
Kishore Mandyam.
Co- Founder,Daksh
Lalitha Kamath
Associate Professor,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) 

Madalasa Venkataraman

Lead Researcher,
Real Estate Research Initiative,
IIMB-CRERI
Neeraj Kumar
Managing Editor,
Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI)
Ramesh Sharma
Campaign Co-ordinator,
Ekta Parishad 
Ritwika Sharma
Research Fellow,
Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy
S. B. Lokesh
Regional Director,
Landesa Karnataka
 
Shrawan Kumar Acharya
Professor,
Centre for Study of Regional Development (CSRD), School of Social Sciences (SSS), Jawaharlal Nehru University
Dr. N. SridharanSridharan
Professor,School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
Sunil Kumar Reddy
State Director,
Landesa, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Varsha Ganguly
Professor,Institute of Law, NIRMA University

Bijal Brahmbhatt
Executive Director,  Mahila Housing SEWA Trust
Bishwadeep Ghose
Director,
Arghyam
Damodaran S.
Founder,
Gramalaya
G. Dhanalakshmi
Deputy Director,
Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies (TNIUS)
Jayamala Subramaniam
Chief Executive Officer,
Arghyam
K.S Selvanayaki
Assistant Professor (Women’s Studies), Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies (TNIUS)
Karen Coelho
Associate Professor,
Madras Institute of Development Studies
Krishnan Hariharan
Project Lead,
Urban Sanitation, Dasra
Lavanya Madhyanam
Associate,
Urban Sanitation, Dasra
M.ElangovanM. Elangovan
Executive Director,
Gramalaya 
M. N. Thippeswamy
Independent Consultant 
sudhakar-raoM. Sudhakar Rao
Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISC)
Madhan Kumar
Project Head,
Centre for Research and Development Dhan Foundation
Rajiv ramanRajiv Raman
Independent Consultant
Ravi Narayan
Vice-chair,
Governing Council, Asia Pacific Water Forum
S. Vishwanath
Faculty,
Azim Premji University
Sarah Habersack
Technical Advisor
Sustainable Urban Development, GIZ
Sasanka Velidandla
Chief Executive Officer,
Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination (CDD) Society

Smita Kale
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Shelter Associates
Sunder M. Senthilnathan
Senior Manager,
Policy Research & Advocacy, Arghyam
T. Balachander
Program Coordinator,
Keystone Foundation
Veena Srinivasan
Yellow,
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)