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, Housing and Planning, and Water and Sanitation. The SCI-FI programme is nested at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) since 2013.

Focus Areas


Land, Housing, and Planning

Water and Sanitation


Our Key Work Areas

Academic and Action Research

Policy Support and Advocacy

Programme Implementation

Capacity Strengthening

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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.


Reuse and Recycling of Faecal Sludge-derived Biosolids in Agriculture

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Covid crisis has exposed gaps in urban Swachh Bharat Mission. It must be revamped

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Job loss, rent and exodus — Covid-19 crisis tells us migrants need housing security

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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.

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 - Wednesday, 06 May 2020
10:00 AM TO 11:30 AM

CORP webinar on Impacts of COVID-19: Gender inequities in WASH

The Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) project, Centre for Policy Research is pleased to invite you to a CORP webinar supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Impacts of COVID-19: Gender inequities in WASH   Speakers: Dr Kathleen O’Reilly, Madhu Krishna, Sujoy Mojumdar, Arundati Muralidharan, Bharti, and Tripti Singh Moderator: Anju Dwivedi Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 AM The
National Workshop
Thursday, 14 Nov 2019 - Friday, 15 Nov 2019
09:30 AM TO 05:00 PM

NATIONAL WORKSHOP: WASH Futures: Subsidiarity for service delivery

As the country moves forward to sustain efforts undertaken through past water, sanitation, and housing programs, while increasing focus on integrated water and sanitation through Jal Shakti and Jal Jeevan missions, this is an opportune time to deliberate on lessons learned from the field and engage with recent research findings. The goal of providing tap water for every household by 2024 will need a new thrust on
Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 - Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019
03:00 PM TO 04:30 PM

CORP Seminar on 'Decentralised Community Management of Water Resources and Supply Systems'

The unprecedented focus on sanitation from the last five years has been recently complemented by the ‘new’ Indian water agenda. Amid flare-ups of regional water crisis and floods, the incumbent government announced two new programmes focused on water access and security. As the policy discourse evolves, it will be important to recognize that supply augmentation, demand management, and recycle of wastewater would all