About Us

The Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) programme aims to better understand ‘governance scale’ in Indian cities in tandem with ‘sector specific socio-economic scales’. Through research, the programme aims to inform stakeholders, including the three tiers of the government, to develop better informed policies and programmes enabling improved governance and service delivery. It has two key thematic focus in areas of Land, Planning, and Housing and Water and Sanitation. The SCI-FI programme is nested at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) since 2013.

Focus Areas


Land, Planning, and  Housing

Water and Sanitation


Our Key Work Areas

Academic and Action Research

Policy Support and Advocacy

Programme Implementation

Capacity Strengthening

Explore Resources

Repository of knowledge products for sector stakeholders to support strategic inclusive planning, budgeting, guide infrastructure investments, technology selection, institutionalization of reforms and support evidence based policy formulation based on principles of equity and social justice.


Re FORM: Lessons for Urban Governance futures from the Pandemic

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Odisha Rural Sanitation Policy

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Rethinking equitable access to water and sanitation

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Seminars and Workshops

Leverage sector knowledge to disseminate new research, share region specific experience, cross learn from lessons learned, share best practices with multiple stakeholders including government officials, non-government organisations (NGOs), and civil society organisations (CSOs) and Donors.

Workshop and Talks
Monday, 22 Mar 2021 - Monday, 22 Mar 2021
02:30 PM TO 05:30 PM

Workshop on: Re-Form: Lessons for Urban Governance Futures from the Pandemic

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) invite you to a virtual dissemination workshop on: Re-Form: Lessons for Urban Governance Futures from the Pandemic   The session will be online via Zoom, please Register here. The session will also be live-streamed on CPR's Facebook page. In case of any
Policy Lab
Wednesday, 16 Dec 2020 - Wednesday, 16 Dec 2020
04:31 PM TO 07:31 PM

Policy Lab on ‘Redefining “Private” to Include Affordable Rental Housing Providers for the Poor: International & National Lessons’

On behalf of Cities Alliance, GIZ India, the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC), Habitat for Humanity, Human Settlement Management Institute (HSMI), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) initiative at the Centre for Policy Research is pleased to invite you to the fourth Policy Lab on: ‘Redefining “Private”
Policy Lab
Friday, 11 Dec 2020 - Friday, 11 Dec 2020
04:00 PM TO 06:30 PM

Slum Upgrading in Asian Countries: Learning globally from local best practices

Centre for Policy Research along with Cities Alliance is pleased to invite for a webinar on Slum Upgrading in Asian Countries: Learning globally from local best practices. December 11, 2020 during 4 pm – 6:30 pm IST (10:30 – 12:30 UTC) Live on Facebook Page About the Event The unfolding of the COVID 19 pandemic and its specific geographic development within city regions has brought to the forefront the socio-


JAGA MISSION – Participatory Slum Upgradation Programme

The movie demonstrates the continuous efforts of the Government of Odisha in ushering growth-oriented and inclusive reforms in diverse socio-economic spheres.

Partnering for the implementation of The Punjab Slum Dwellers (Proprietary Rights), Act 2020

The movie announces the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the SCI-FI initiative at CPR and the Department of Local Government, Government of Punjab to make progress towards conferring the urban poor with secure tenure and access to upgraded basic civic services, making cities and towns in Punjab “slum-free”.

Podcast on Making Sanitation Work Safe and Eradicating Manual Scavenging

Listen to the full CPR podcast, ThoughtSpace (above) featuring Senior Fellow, Shubhagato Dasgupta and Fellow, Arkaja Singh, talking about deaths due to manual scavenging