Policy Briefs & Reports

Getting it together: institutional ar...

Adapting to and mitigating climate change will affect most sectors of our economies. Addressing this problem will require us to rethink our future investment trajectories across the board. Many government agencies and institutions are involved, as well as businesses, civil society, local institut...


Smita Nakhooda, Vyoma Jha
The coordination of climate finance i...

In India, institutional arrangements around climate finance have mostly followed national policy responses to climate change. This paper maps the emergence of climate change policy in India and subsequently traces the evolution of arrangements around climate finance. An early assessment of the cl...


Vyoma Jha
India-Pacific Islands Brief

The Pacific Islands, a group of fourteen island nations in the South Pacific Ocean had been a source of low interest for the global powers, however, this seems to have changed as Asia draws increasing attention from the world economies in the 21st century. Despite geographical distance and unenth...

Rani Mullen
Kailash Prasad
A Framework of Principles for Environ...

A High Level Committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests on 29. 08. 2014 has been given the task of reviewing six environmental laws that are several decades old now. During the time they have been in implementation, numerous exercises have been attempted by successive govern...

Anantram Dairy Harijan Basti JJC: Cli...

India’s capital is marked by different settlement types, defined by diverse degrees of formality, legality, and tenure. As part of a larger project on urban transformation in India, Cities of Delhi seeks to carefully document the degree to which access to basic services varies across these differ...

Shahana Sheikh
Bijendra Jha, Ram Pravesh Shahi, Ben Mandelkern
Clients and their Patron: Anantram Da...

Jhuggi jhopri clusters often house a population with weak representation, tenuous services, and vulnerability to demolition. Anantram Harijan Basti, a JJC near the centre of Delhi, stands out among the city’s JJCs: its residents have reliable water, electricity, and sanitation services, are relat...

Shahana Sheikh
Bijendra Jha, Ram Pravesh Shahi, Ben Mandelkern
Competitive Clientelism: Indira Kalya...

Indira Kalyan Vihar, a jhuggi jhopri cluster (JJC) located in one of Delhi’s prime industrial areas, houses a very large population—100,000 by some estimates—in some of the densest conditions of any JJC in the city. Many of the challenges faced by residents in Indira Kalyan Vihar are linked to th...

Subhadra Banda, Shahana Sheikh
Bijendra Jha, Ben Mandelkern
Citizen Monitoring of Schools

Even as large parts of government budgets and efforts are directed towards fighting the pandemic, it is important to ensure that children are not overlooked. Critical during this time is going to be ensuring that sufficient resources are provided for the protection to children in precarious posit...

Report of the Expert Committee on the...

This Report, prepared by the Expert Committee appointed by the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs under section 6 of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, is a study of the various alternatives regarding new capital for the Successor State of Andhra Pradesh. Though the two states of Telanga...

Bhanu Joshi, K C Sivaramakrishnan, Rathin Roy
K T Ravindaran, Aromar Revi, Jagan Shah, Arinda...
Planning the Slum: JJC Resettlement i...

Delhi’s decades of policies designed to remove jhuggi jhopri clusters (JJCs) from the city centre and relocate their residents to the city’s periphery have resulted in 55 ‘Jhuggi Jhopri Resettlement Colonies’. In Savda Ghevra JJ Resettlement Colony, one of the city’s most recently established res...

Policy Brief – Indian Economic ...

The Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi hosted a workshop on “Mobilizing the State: Indian Economic Diplo- macy in the 21st Century” on 5 - 6 June, 2014. The recommendations that emerged are detailed in this policy brief. This policy brief is not a consensus document. Instead, it seeks to highl...

Negotiating Citizenship in F Block: A...

India’s capital is marked by different settlement types, defined by diverse degrees of formality, legality, and tenure. As part of a larger project on urban transformation in India, Cities of Delhi seeks to carefully document the degree to which access to basic services varies across these differ...

Balancing State, Utility and Social N...

Although the damaging impacts of agricultural electricity subsidy were well recognized, there was hardly any attempt at reform until the early 1990s. With the advent of liberalization, agricultural electricity pricing came under scrutiny for its economic inefficiencies. In response, some state go...

Ashwini K Swain
Udai S Mehta
India-Tajakistan Brief

Tajikistan holds huge significance for fulfilling India’s broader interests in the Central Asian region especially its ‘Connect Central Asia’ policy. More importantly, stronger India-Tajikistan partnership is of key importance for India to amplify its goodwill in the region as well as to add stab...

Rani Mullen
Kailash Prasad
The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement B...

KEY FINDINGS By far the largest share of the DUSIB budget, a little over 63 percent, is spent relocating JJCs, including construction of flats under JNNURM. A range of actors inside and outside of DUSIB reflect an overwhelming perception of the agency and its predecessor as marginal and weak....

Rehabilitation of Jhuggi Jhopri Clust...

The jhuggi jhopri cluster (JJC) is one of seven types of ‘unplanned’ settlement designated by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD). JJCs are located on “public land”—land owned by agencies like the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the Railways, or the Central Public Wor...

India in the World- Benchmarking Prog...

This brief makes an attempt to benchmark India’s performance globally, from India’s perspective. It compares the sanitation scenario in India with the MDG regional blocks and other comparator countries. The brief makes use of a set of global data sources to relate urban open defecation (%) with o...