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.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Slum Upgradation and Delisting in Odisha

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Project Nirmal: Implementing Decentralized Solutions for Sanitation In Small Towns

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Creating Demand, Ensuring Usage and Adequate Maintenance Of Urban Sanitation Infrastructure Through Communication Inputs

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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.

Tuesday, 10 Nov 2020 - Tuesday, 10 Nov 2020
03:00 PM TO 05:00 PM

Policy Lab Webinar: 'Urban Poor Communities and COVID-19 – Response of Local Governments on New WASH Priorities in South Asia’

On behalf of WaterAid, UNICEF, and the Lumanti Support Group for Shelter, the Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) initiative at the Centre for Policy Research is pleased to invite you to the first Policy Lab on: 'Urban Poor Communities and COVID-19 – Response of Local Governments on New WASH Priorities in South Asia'. Speakers: Khairul Islam, Rameshor Shrestha, Srish Mishra, Amzad Hossain Sarker, Asia
Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 - Thursday, 29 Oct 2020
04:00 PM TO 06:30 PM

Policy Lab 2: Government-led Rental Housing Model: Options and Challenges

Recognising the housing vulnerabilities of migrants exposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the newly launched vertical under the Government of India’s Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) – the guideline for Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHC) – seeks to amplify the delivery of affordable rental housing for the migrants and urban poor. The first model specified under the ARHC guidelines proposes to repurpose
Wednesday, 16 Sep 2020 - Wednesday, 16 Sep 2020
10:00 AM TO 01:00 PM

Masterclass on Monitoring Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) Systems

The launch of the National Policy on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management in 2017 brought unprecedented institutional attention to Non-Networked Sanitation which serves 83% of all Indian households. As of July 2020, 19 states have issued state-level Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) policies, and 109 Faecal Sludge Treatment Plants (FSTPs) have been installed across 14 states, with another 193 under construction. The