The IIHS and the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) signed an MoU on 14 July 2015 for technical cooperation in the area of capacity building for officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in the urban sector. Under this partnership, IIHS and LBSNAA collaborate to design and conduct modules on Municipal Administration, Urban Management and Urban Policy for the Induction and Mid-Career Training Programme, within India and abroad.


The context for the capacity building programmes is set with a discussion on India’s Urban Opportunity and its implications for Public Policy. Insights are shared in interactive sessions on varied topics such as Housing, Urban Basic Services, Urban Governance and Finance, and Integrated Urban Planning for Sustainable and Smart Cities.


In future, this partnership will evolve into a more detailed and elaborate engagement with the Academy to reflect and support the Government’s urban policies and programmes. A combination of theoretical frameworks and case-based, experiential learning methods will support participants’ ability to constantly gain new insights.



Discussions centring on emerging global frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda from Habitat III, the Paris Climate Agreement, the Addis Ababa agreement on Financing for Development and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and what they translate to at a local level, are part of the proposed agenda. These are proposed as pointers to the general trends in global policy making and metropolitan governance in the 21st century.


YearApproximate Number of Participants


LBSNAA Training – Phase I
Gautam Bhan on Urban Poverty