Centre for Inclusive Development

Cities across the world, due to the sheer number of people that live in them, end up becoming thriving centers of diversity, with people of varying age-groups, ethnicities, religions, castes, genders, economic classes, physical and mental capacities living close to one another. To make sure that the process of development involves everyone and that no group is left behind or marginalised, cities need to focus on inclusivity. While most Indian cities are diverse, they are still not inclusive. The NIUA will actively leverage its expertise to work with governments to help build cities that are spatially, socially and economically inclusive. CID is envisaged as a platform platform that will collate, mine, spatialize and share data on urban informality and formality with cities and urban practitioners for effective decision-making. The real time interactions will focus on increasing the use of data for evidence-based planning. Its four key components shall be; a Platform, a User interface, Information Dissemination System and a Real Time Interaction Process for Capacity Building.

The key initiatives of the centre aims to:

  • Serve as a repository of good practices across states and cities on initiatives with regards to informal sector
  • Develop tools and instruments to build local capacities in data and knowledge management for monitoring national policy and programs
  • Strengthen regular research on issues related to inclusion, disability and safety of vulnerable, marginalized and facilitate evidence-based solutions
  • Develop toolkits and standardized materials on mainstreaming informal sector
  • Establish platforms for knowledge exchange, training and capacity building including developing indicators and benchmarks on inclusive, disability and safety issues
  • Setting-up and nurturing multi-level stakeholder coalitions to strengthen dialogues and deliberations on subjects, engaging academics, practitioners, executive and elected members of ULBs