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The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. IIHS is India’s first prospective independently funded and managed interdisciplinary National University for Research & Innovation that focuses on its ongoing urban and development transformation. It is a first-of-its-kind, practice and innovation-oriented knowledge institution that seeks to bridge the conventional excellence, scale and inclusion divide.

Member Projects

  • Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report 5 – Coordinating Lead Author on Urban Adaptation. An IIHS team with Rockefeller Foundation support has been contributing to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report assessment of Urban adaptation. This chapter assesses current scientific knowledge on the drivers and impacts of climate change on urban centres, their populations and economies, identifies strategies and measures to adapt to these changes (especially protecting vulnerable groups) and the institutional and governance changes needed to underpin this. The chapter undertakes a global review of research and action by academic and research institutions, policymakers and city administrators, the private sector and civil society towards climate change adaptation and transformative development in cities across the world. Cases of New York, Djakarta, Dhaka, Durban and Dar es Salaam are presented and a framework to operationalise resilience planning discussed.
  • United Nation’s International Strategy for Disaster Risk (UNISDR) – Global Assessment of Risk 2011, 2013 and 2015. The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is UNISDR’ biennial global assessment of disaster risk reduction and comprehensive review and analysis of the natural hazards that are affecting humanity. The GAR contributes to achieving the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA) via monitoring risk patterns and trends and progress in disaster risk reduction while providing strategic policy guidance to countries and the international community. IIHS serves on Advisory Board for the GAR and supported the GAR process via a research study on the Role of Private Sector and Disaster Risk Reduction. It includes the study of four cases in Delhi (DMRC, DND, DIAL, DLF). It involved secondary research, primary surveys and assessments and interviews, primarily in the City of Delhi. IIHS is also involved from the inception of the framing of the GAR 2015.
  • Climate and Development Network: Integrated Urban Climate Assessment – The 0.5 million GBP CDKN “Future Proofing Indian Cities” project will undertake the first metropolitan integrated climate assessment for Bangalore and Madurai. This 14–month collaborative project between IIHS, Atkins UK and University College London (UCL) will break new ground in preparing urban adaptation and mitigation opportunities for climate financing. The project is implementation-oriented and will help stakeholders in Bangalore (led by IIHS) and Madurai (led by Atkins) respond to potential climate hazards, enable the transition to a low carbon economy while reducing poverty and catalyzing economic development. In doing so, it will enhance locally owned policy processes.
  • Rockefeller-IIHS Urban India Policy Support Partnership 2012-2014. This $0.4 million partnership seeks to leverage the potential for urban transformation in India, by exploring inadequately analysed cross-sectoral themes and areas of potential policy and programme interventions. The two year partnership was initiated in late 2012 and will continue through October 2014. IIHS will conduct research and produce a series of working papers, policy briefs, teaching-learning material and digital interviews, which are directed towards addressing questions around the urbanisation challenges being faced by Indian cities. This is targeted at national, state and city policymakers; practitioners, entrepreneurs as well as civil society leaders in India. This project will engage with policy concerns that span the growth-equity-resilience-transformative development spectrum, especially when viewed against the landscape of the global South.
  • United Nations Development Programme: Urban Poverty Strategy (2013-2017). IIHS helped design UNDPs Urban Poverty Strategy for India over 2013-2017. UNDP has had a historically strong rural development presence in India. Their new country programme shits focus to interventions in urban areas, responding to increasing challenges and tremendous opportunity for change in cities. Multiple stakeholders from the government, public sector, private sector, other potential donors were engaged with to help build an operationalisable partnership strategies for UNDP. The final output was in the form of a strategy report.

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