Established in collaboration with 100 Resilience Cities (100 RC) Program of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Urban Resilience Unit (URU) at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) aims at promoting and supporting the development of resilient cities across India. 

 The Unit is bringing together theoretical frameworks and practical city assessments for developing evidence and policy frameworks to build local capacity and embed resilience in the urban discourse. These will be used to mainstream resilience within the activities of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India, state and city level development agencies and urban local bodies (ULBs). To this end, URU is developing tools, proof of concepts, data frameworks and protocols, curricula and training programs for urban planning institutes and universities, urban practitioners, city managers and policymakers to enable evidence-based, informed decision making for resilience building in cities.

The Unit is also involved in creating a national platform and convening a wide range of stakeholders including urban planning institutes, philanthropies, private sector, multilateral financial institutes, and urban experts to build strong partnerships for advocating resilience in Indian cities and incorporating resilience in the national urban agenda.

Project Start Date 
July 2018
Project End Date 
June 2020
Contact Person 
Dr. Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar
Funding Agency 
100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation
24 months