Update & Announcement

Updates & Announcements

First series of Urban-verse on " Transforming Cities- Role of Urban Citizen Market, March 30, 2017, IHC, New Delhi

The urban-verse on " Transforming Cities : Role of Urban Citizen Market is a ‘knowledge and dialogue’ series seeks to combine available knowledge with practical wisdom by sharing experiences, presenting new insights and findings, and sharing demonstrated models and innovations to bring transformative impact on the urban geographies and communities within smart, resilient and sustainable cities’ framework. The platform is supported by National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), and Institute for Smart, Resilient and Future Cities-Taru Leading Edge. The first series is supported by Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) of the Rockefeller Foundation.

The past and current urban planning paradigm in India relies on land use planning, centralized lifeline services, large-scale asset & infrastructure creation; resulting in cities that have no boundaries. It follows a linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model, that heavily promotes resource consumption. In our pursuit for economies of scale in urban services, our cities have been facing several challenges and constraints on account of capacities, resources, and solutions that can make cities livable. We therefore need to look at larger engagement of all stakeholders including citizens in addressing some of these challenges. We need to build top-down and bottom-up synergy across scales, sectors and stakeholders. Devolution of functions through application of subsidiarity principle is necessary. Emerging ‘collaborative, circular and human economy’ can also provide multiple and shared value creation options and in empowering individuals and communities towards addressing pressing urban challenges. In this context clearly there is bigger role of urban citizen market in transforming the cities for better.

The first series of Urban-verse, therefore will focus on this theme through panel discussion format to understand its role, challenges in promoting it and opportunities. An eminent group of panelist will join this dialogue to discuss and share their thoughts.

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Insights Series 3: Skilling in Sanitation

India Sanitation Coalition, IRC and TARU Leading Edge announce its third dialogue.

"Insights”, a knowledge series by FICCI led India Sanitation Coalition (ISC), IRC and Taru Leading Edge, has been co-designed to share new knowledge and facilitate partnerships in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. These dialogues is held once every two months and documented with key findings and recommendations.

The objective of this session is to understand the significance of skilling workers in the sanitation sector. With growing demand for sustainable systems and implementation of SGDs, demand for skilled sanitation workers is on the rise. The need is to create a holistic approach for meeting the rising demand of skilled workforce. The session will be to inform and deliberate amongst policy makers, researchers and social and market practitioners and work towards a collaborative framework.

Date: 27 February 2017, New Delhi.
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Webinar - Are India's Cities On the Road to Resilience?

India is in the midst of a ‘smart cities’ revolution. The ‘Smart Cities Mission’, a government-backed programme of urban renewal, is intended to make the country’s cities more liveable and sustainable. But how can this be achieved when the cities are facing a series of complex and interconnected challenges such as, explosive population growth, inadequate infrastructure, persistent poverty and climate change? How can India ensure that its cities are not just smart, but are also resilient?

Hosted by the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), the webinar will focus on TARU’s soon to be published, second volume of its Road to Resilience Handbook – a practical guide for resilience planning and implementation at the city level.

Speakers to include:

Dr. Umamaheshwaran Rajsekar, Director & Practice Head - Risk & Resilience, TARU Leading Edge| The context of India’s urban resilience challenge; and

GK Bhat, Chairperson, TARU Leading Edge | Lessons from practice: The Road to Resilience Vol. II

A Q&A will follow the presentations. Facilitation by Anu Jogesh, Acclimatise.

To participate kindly visit the ACCCRN Website https://www.acccrn.net/ and login. If you are not a member you may register to the website, the process takes hardly 3 Minutes. To register kindly follow the below mentioned link:https://www.acccrn.net/activities/webinar-are-india%E2%80%99s-cities-road-resilience#register

Time: 01:30 PM IST on 8th February 2017.
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Insight Series 2, FSSM Matters: Looking Forward

India Sanitation Coalition, IRC and TARU Leading Edge announces its second dialogue.

"Insights”, a knowledge series by FICCI led India Sanitation Coalition (ISC), IRC and Taru Leading Edge, has been co-designed to share new knowledge and facilitate partnerships in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. These dialogues is held once every two months and documented with key findings and recommendations.

The objective of this dialogue is to understand the significance of faecal sludge and septage management in the sanitation value change. With increasing advocacy around the issue, this session will be to inform and deliberate amongst policy makers, researchers and social and marketing practitioners and work towards a collaborative framework.

Date: 10th Jan 2017, Jaipur
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