Policy Briefs & Reports

Towards District-wide Safely Managed ...

At the culmination of Swachh Bharat Mission – Gramin (SBM-G) Phase I in 2019, rural India had declared itself Open-Defecation Free (ODF). However, ODF is only the first step in India’s journey toward the Sustainable Development Goal 6 of ensuring ‘availability and sustainable management of water ...

Evictions and due process in Delhi

In the absence of an enforceable substantive right to housing, communities living in slums and other informal settlements have mobilized over the years, using both courts and political advocacy to try and protect themselves from eviction. This has resulted in a series of judgments, policies, and ...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Ukrai...

Europe appears to be experiencing a ‘we are all in this together’ moment in the face of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine with an unprecedented show of solidarity towards asylum seekers. For sure, it ticks several political boxes for Europe: from presenting a unified front against Russia an...

Private Sector Participation in Faeca...

The Policy Brief Series is prepared under the research programme, Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). As part of its research programme on urban sanitation, SCI-FI has been undertaking studies since the launch of the NFSSM Policy on...

Sanitation Situational Assessment Rep...

India’s urbanization is on the rise, but the country is predominantly rural with 833 million (~70%) residing in villages. Odisha, with a rural population share of 83%, reported toilet access among rural households to be merely 14% in 2011. Since 2014, under SBM-G, the state has built 6.6 million ...

Improving social protection portabili...

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 national lockdown in March 2020, India saw the mass movement of an estimated 11.4 million migrants back to their home states. Many more remained stranded at worksites and destination cities, and experienced hunger, indebtedness and sickness. The vulnerability of m...

Improving social protection portabili...

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 national lockdown in March 2020, India saw the mass movement of an estimated 11.4 million migrants back to their home states. Many more remained stranded at worksites and destination cities, and experienced hunger, indebtedness and sickness. The vulnerability of m...

Improving social protection portabili...

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 national lockdown in March 2020, India saw the mass movement of an estimated 11.4 million migrants back to their home states. Many more remained stranded at worksites and destination cities, and experienced hunger, indebtedness and sickness. The vulnerability of m...

Improving social protection portabili...

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 national lockdown in March 2020, India saw the mass movement of an estimated 11.4 million migrants back to their home states. Many more remained stranded at worksites and destination cities, and experienced hunger, indebtedness and sickness. The vulnerability of m...

Improving social protection portabili...

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 national lockdown in March 2020, India saw the mass movement of an estimated 11.4 million migrants back to their home states. Many more remained stranded at worksites and destination cities, and experienced hunger, indebtedness and sickness. The vulnerability of m...

Knowledge Products Prepared Under FCD...

The FCDO-CPR partnership for “Building State Capacities for land, planning and slum upgrading for resilient cities in Odisha” has been working closely with the H&UDD, Government of Odisha since 2020. The partnership primarily focused on setting up processes for effective monitoring of the UWE...


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Land Rights and The Digital Revolutio...

This policy brief explores the intersection of land rights and technology by analysing four government schemes, namely, Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP), Survey of Villages Abadi & Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas (SVAMITVA), AgriStack, and JAGA M...

Homes: Beneficiary-Led Individual Hou...

Recognising the inadequacies in the state of housing in India, the national agenda of housing for all has emerged as one of the top priorities of the government. Despite the launch of numerous schemes to improve the housing conditions of economically weaker sections (EWS) and low-income groups (L...

Assessing the portability of social p...

The 2020 migrant crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 national lockdown highlighted the urgent need to incorporate migrants in existing social protection mechanisms, which fail to recognize circular and seasonal mobility patterns. During the lockdown, the lack of adequate portability mechanisms mea...

Policy Lab Series on Affordable Renta...

While the public housing programmes have predominantly neglected rental housing, about one in every three persons in urban India resided in a rental accommodation as of 2011, albeit informally in 70% of the cases (NSS 76th round). Temporary migrants, who intend to return to their previous place o...


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India’s Path to Power: Strategy in a ...

India’s Path to Power: Strategy in a World Adrift is the product of collective deliberation, debate and report writing involving a diverse and independent group of analysts and policymakers, namely: Yamini Aiyar, Sunil Khilnani, Prakash Menon, Shivshankar Menon, Nitin Pai, Srinath Raghavan, Ajit ...

Yamini Aiyar, Sunil Khilnani, Prakash Menon
Shivshankar Menon, Nitin Pai, Srinath Raghavan,...
Renewing India’s Air Quality Ma...

This framing paper aims to provide an overview of the current state of knowledge and the governance framework on air quality management in India. Air pollution is the second largest risk factor for public health in India, behind only child and maternal malnutrition. Although there has been an inc...

The CAQM Act 2021: An Overview

This Brief provides an overview of the new CAQM Act 2021, its strengths and limitations, and the path ahead for enabling airshed level governance in the rest of the country. With many significant questions yet to be deliberated on defining the boundaries of airsheds and designing institutions to ...