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.

Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, SCI-FI is organized around clusters of legal studies; water science and engineering/planning; economics; and social and anthropological studies to systematically undertake sector analysis, bottom up review and research. It works across thematic clusters to do academic research, programme analysis, action research, strengthen the capacity of government stakeholders, support policy formulation, and programme implementation.

The programme continues to engage with various partners, including academicians, practitioners, civil society organisations, donor agencies, and government bodies at the national, state, and city levels.

Land, Planning and Housing

The Land, Planning and Housing (LPH) initiative under the SCI-FI programme aims to deepen the understanding of the interrelated governance and sector specific challenges in the land, planning and housing in urban areas in India. The SCI-FI: LPH initiative envisages to inform multiple stakeholders, including the three tiers of the government, on demand-driven, sustainable, alternative, and scalable models for delivering and operationalizing housing, basic services, and property rights for the urban poor.

Water and Sanitation

The Water and Sanitation initiative under the SCI-FI programme seeks to understand diverse reasons for poor water and sanitation and to examine how these might be related to technology, service delivery models, questions of institutions, governance, finance, and socio-economic dimensions. The SCI-FI: Water and Sanitation initiative seeks to support national, state, and city authorities to develop policies and programmes for intervention with the goal of increasing access to safe and sustainable sanitation in both urban and rural areas.

Workshops and Policy Dialogues

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