Our Programmes

Sustainable Urbanisation

Smart cities that provide housing, water, energy and mobility for all, maintain environmental quality and are low-carbon and climate-resilient

Urbanisation is a historical inevitability. In 1960, one in three people lived in cities; today, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Similarly, one in three Indians lives in cities; by 2030, the urban population would be more than 40 per cent of the total population.

Cities are drivers of economic growth. The 600 most populous cities of the world create about 60 per cent of the global GDP. But cities are also a significant consumer of resources and generator of pollution, consuming over two-thirds of the world’s energy and accounting for more than 70 per cent of global CO2 emissions. They produce vast amounts of wastes that cause an imbalance in the ecological cycle. The future of humanity, in fact, the planet, depends on how we manage urbanisation.

We view sustainable urbanisation as a challenge of governance, capacity and technology. Our integrated programme focuses on improving urban governance and building capacity to address issues ranging from waste management and air pollution to climate mitigation and climate-resilient infrastructure.

We will generate high-quality data, undertake independent policy research, and engage and advocate for policy and practice changes. We will also demonstrate best practices, build partnerships and use technology to scale-up change on the ground.

Focus Area

  • Municipal governance
  • Air pollution management
  • Solid waste management (including plastic, bio-medical waste and e-waste )
  • Water and wastewater management (including Faecal sludge management)
  • Smart and affordable pollution monitoring
  • Climate-resilient infrastructure