Catalyzing Integrated Urban Development in Indian Cities - Summary and Key Takeaways


Catalyzing Integrated Urban Development in Indian Cities - Summary and Key Takeaways from GIZ-CRDF Knowledge Collaboration under Sustainable Urban Development-Smart Cities (SUD-SC) Initiative

India’s rapid pace of urbanization is expected to further compound the complex challenges that Indian cities face today with respect to provision of adequate services, infrastructure, and housing. To respond to these challenges, the Government of India (GoI) has established various national missions and programs such as the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY). It has also reiterated its commitment towards the Habitat III Process (2016), the New Urban Agenda (NUA) on adequate shelter for all and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 on making cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Successfully implementing these agendas and national missions requires institutions to adopt a cross-sectoral and integrated approach towards planning, and building knowledge and technical capacities among key urban actors at city, state, and national level. In this context, the “Sustainable Urban Development-Smart Cities” (SUD-SC) project was implemented to support the National Ministry and the State Governments (Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala) in policy formulation for housing, basic services, spatial planning, and monitoring of the SDGs. It also supported three selected Smart Cities (Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, and Kochi) in implementing integrated spatial urban development planning concepts. The project was initiated jointly by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and GIZ India