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-Option

Land, Planning, and  Housing

Water and Sanitation

Sanitation-Option

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.

Improving Housing for Urban Poor: Learnings from BLC Implementation in Odisha

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Unblocking Barriers to Inclusive WASH: Learnings from Slums in Bhubaneswar

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Improving Housing for Urban Poor: Learnings from BLC Implementation in Kerala

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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.

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-
Wednesday, 09 Dec 2020 - Wednesday, 09 Dec 2020
03:00 PM TO 05:00 PM

Policy Lab Webinar: Urban Poor Communities and COVID-19 – Financing WASH for Urban Poor Communities

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 forth Policy Lab on: 'Urban Poor Communities and COVID-19 – Financing WASH for Urban Poor Communities' The session will be online via Zoom. To register, kindly fill this form. The session will also be live-streamed on
Thursday, 03 Dec 2020 - Thursday, 03 Dec 2020
03:00 PM TO 05:00 PM

Policy Lab Webinar: Urban Poor Communities and COVID-19 – Community Approaches to Managing WASH Services

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 third Policy Lab on: 'Urban Poor Communities and COVID-19 – Community Approaches to Managing WASH Services'. The session will be online via Zoom. To register, kindly fill this Form. The session will also be live-