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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.

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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.


Compendium on Community Participation in Urban Water and Sanitation

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Sanitation Situational Assessment Report: Angul

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Pump Up: Towards Achieving Financial and Environmental Sustainability Among Privately Operated Desludging Businesses in India

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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.

Asia-Pacific Housing Conference
Tuesday, 08 Nov 2022 - Wednesday, 09 Nov 2022
07:00 AM TO 07:00 PM

1st Asia-Pacific Housing Conference (AHC) 2022: Making Housing Affordable, Inclusive, and Resilient

The Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) Initiative, Centre for Policy Research is pleased to invite you to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) 1st Asia-Pacific Housing Conference (AHC) 2022 taking place on 8–9 November. This online knowledge-sharing event aims to consolidate and promote solutions for making housing affordable, inclusive, and resilient in Asia and the Pacific. AHC 2022 features high-level
Tuesday, 06 Sep 2022 - Tuesday, 06 Sep 2022
10:00 AM TO 04:00 PM

South Asia Dialogue Series on Sustainable Development Goal 6

Watch this webinar series focusing on key challenges and solutions in reaching universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in South Asia. Produced in partnership with Athena Infonomics, Centre for Policy Research’s Scaling City Institutions for India Initiative (CPR SCI-FI), Sanitation and Water for All, UNICEF, Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) and IRC. WASH access in South Asia:
National Workshop
Friday, 28 Jan 2022 - Friday, 28 Jan 2022
02:00 PM TO 05:00 PM

National Workshop on 'Learnings from Odisha's Efforts of Building Resilient Cities'

On behalf of Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD), Government of Odisha and British High Commission in India, the Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) initiative at Centre for Policy Research is pleased to invite you to: The National Workshop on "Learnings from Odisha’s Efforts of Building Resilient Cities” The session will be online via Zoom, Please register here. The session will also be


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.