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

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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.

Policy Briefs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for BASERA

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Re FORM: Lessons for Urban Governance futures from the Pandemic

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Odisha Rural Sanitation Policy

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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.

International Workshop
Monday, 20 Sep 2021 - Friday, 24 Sep 2021
04:30 PM TO 07:00 PM

International Symposium: Reimagining Inclusive Cities in the COVID-19 Era

The session will be online via Zoom. To register, kindly fill this form.For any queries, please email at sci-fi@cprindia.org. On behalf of Cities Alliance, GIZ India, Habitat for Humanity, World Bank, HSMI of HUDCO, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), the Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) initiative at Centre for Policy Research is pleased to invite you to the
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”


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