Who is involved in anti-corruption Collective Action and why?

What motivates people to join Collective Action initiatives against corruption? What type of people and organisations are involved? Ms Shabnam Siddiqui, Director (UN Global Compact India) explains this in the short video.
Also Featuring: Stephen Zimmerman (World Bank Group), Mirna Adjami (Basel Institute on Governance), Kevin Abikoff (Hughes, Hubbard & Reed), Lisa Miller (World Bank Group) and Scarlet Wannenwetsch (Basel Institute on Governance).


What benefits can Collective Action Initiatives bring to markets and society?

What benefits can Collective Action Initiatives bring to markets and society?
How can Collective Action Initiatives help to clean up markets and improve the business environment for everyone? How does Collective Action support sustainable development worldwide? Watch this second video in a 5-part series on anti-corruption Collective Action to find out.


Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui at UTTKARSH

Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics & Transparency (CEGET/GCNI) was invited as key note speaker to speak on the subject ‘Perspective of Sustainable Development’ at ‘UTTKARSH – A Global Action towards Holistic Social Development.


Ms Shabnam Siddiqui at PGPDM Convocation Ceremony 2018 at SPJIMR

The convocation ceremony of SPJIMR's Post-Graduate Programme in Development Management (PGPDM) for Batches 11 and12 was held on Saturday (Jan 19, 2019) at the SPJIMR campus.
The Programme Chairperson, Prof. Rukaiya Joshi presented the batch Report. Highlighting the diversity of the programme participants, Prof. Joshi elucidated on all the innovative learning interventions introduced.
The Chief Guest Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, United Nations Global Compact Network India, along with Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, Dean SPJIMR presented the Certificates for Scholastic Excellence and the distribution of the Graduation certificates to the participants.


GCNI-CEGET organized a Need Assessment Regional Smart City Workshop

GCNI-CEGET organized a Need Assessment Regional Smart City Workshop for Transforming Cities Through Co-Development on 16th Jan 2019 at RCUES (Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies), Lucknow.

Mr. Anurag Yadav (Secretary & Director, Smart City Mission (State) chaired the event. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Nishith Rai (Director, RCUES), Mr. A.K. Gupta (Addl. Director, RCUES), Dr. Alka Singh (Deputy Director, RCUES), Mr. Somnath Singh (Program Manager, GCNI-CEGET) and Mr. Arya Dev (Program Analyst, GCNI-CEGET).

Smart City Experts from 10 Smart Cities of Uttar-Pradesh had participated in the workshop.


Noida has been chosen as the only city in India to be part of the UN Sustainable Cities 2025 Plan.

Noida has been chosen as the only city in India to be part of the UN Sustainable Cities 2025 Plan.

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With this background GCNI CEGET Team led by GCNI Secretary Dr. Balvir Talvar and Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui met Mr. Rajeev Tyagi, GM Noida Authority  on 9th January, 2019 at BHEL township, Noida , to explore partnership possibilities. Stay tuned.


Smart world & transforming lives

With a mission to improve urban livelihoods, the Smart Cities Mission has facilitated an ecosystem where technology companies along with engineering and construction firms are participating to develop Smart City Centre SCCs. Leading international companies are working on these projects, but most of the system integrators are Indian entities. More importantly, the Mission’s focus on innovative projects is a boost for the startup industry – it provides a fillip to the entrepreneurial spirit of urban residents, thereby increasing employment.

Coming back to Smart cities which are no longer the wave of the future. They are here now and growing quickly, expanding and creating impacts in the municipal services around the country.

The concept of ‘smart cities’ are being established around the world & transforming lives through the use of innovation technology & analytics.A smart city is defined by the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) and IoT devices to manage a variety of public assets, while acquiring critical data on an ongoing basis to improve the lives of its citizens.

Let’s dig few innovative technologies that are seen around our smart cities:

  1. Smart Energy: Both residential and commercial buildings in smart cities are more efficient, using less energy, and the energy used is analyzed and data collected. Smart grids are part of the development of a smart city, and smart streetlights are an easy entry point for many cities, since LED lights save money and pay for themselves within a few years.
  2. Smart transportation – A smart city supports multi-modal transportation, smart traffic lights and smart parking. One of the key areas that we have seen a lot of activity on has to do with mobility. Anything around transportation, traffic monitoring, parking are seeing a very fast return on investment. It not only helps to reduce the cost of monitoring parking and making sure that they are collecting fines, it’s also reducing congestion. On the other hand, by making parking smarter, people spend less time looking for parking spots and circling city blocks. Smart traffic lights have cameras that monitor traffic flow so that it’s reflected in the traffic signals.
  3. Smart data – The massive amounts of data collected by a smart city must be analyzed quickly in order to make it useful. Open data portals are one option that some cities have chosen in order to publish city data online, so that anyone can access it and use predictive analytics to assess future patterns. Companies are working with cities to help them analyze data, and they’re in the Startup in Residence (STiR) program for the cities.
  4. Smart infrastructure – Cities will be able to plan better with a smart city’s ability to analyze large amounts of data. This will allow for pro-active maintenance and better planning for future demand. Being able to test for lead content in water in real time when the data shows a problem is emerging could prevent public health issues. Having a smart infrastructure means that a city can move forward with other technologies and use the data collected to make meaningful changes in future city plans.
  5. Smart mobility – “Mobility refers to both the technology and the data which travels across the technology. The ability to seamlessly move in and out of many different municipal and private systems is essential if we are to realize the promise of smart cities. Building the smart city will never be a project that is finished.
  6. Smart IoT devices – And finally, one of the key components that ties everything together in a smart city is IoT devices. Whether we like it or not, sensors and actuators in our cities are here to stay. Fusing sensor information into our daily life and integrating it all with third party social networks will knit the fabric of society closer together, while leaving city leaders to grapple with serious privacy and security challenges.

Read more about Smart Cities ¨http://ceget.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/GCN_Smart_City_8Dec2017.pdf


Future of Smart Vicinity

Captivating a new horizon, the ministry led my Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 3 years ago his vision to set up 100 smart cities across the country.  The mission grabbed more headlines than any of its predecessors and the race began among the listed cities. The 100 smart cities mission intends to promote adoption of smart solutions for efficient use of available assets, resources and infrastructure.

What is a ‘smart city’?

Descending from level zero, acity equipped with basic infrastructure to give a decent quality of life, a clean and sustainable environment through application of some smart solutions refer a Smart City.

With what basic infrastructure

Public information, grievance redressal, electronic service delivery, citizens’ engagement, waste to energy & fuel, waste to compost, 100% treatment of waste water, smart meters & management, monitoring water quality, renewable source of energy, efficient energy and green building, smart parking, intelligent traffic management system.

How a Smart City is funded?

Each of the 20 cities that are selected will receive Rs 200 crore in the first year followed by Rs 100 crore each over the next three years from the Centre. States to contribute an equivalent amount. The cities need to involve the private sector in PPP plans, too. This will be by raising user charges to meet the expense incurred. In the future, there could be municipal bonds as well.

The involvements & step taken

According to a government statement in May, 2018 – 1,333 projects under the smart cities program worth a total 506.26 billion rupees had either been completed or were in the implementation/tendering stage. These projects include the development of roads, water, solar networks and public spaces. For critics of the program, this is not enough. They demand more rapid progress and better utilisation of funds.

The three major issues that have emerged in multiple stakeholder deliberations is the financing of cities, technical capacity of implementors, and the sustainability of the mission beyond the envisaged timelines. These challenges point to a need for pilot projects and model solutions to explore viability and adoption challenges.

As more cities move into implementation, it is important to look at sustainability of the solutions which are getting implemented, multiplicity of financial models and execution strategies, and a solid monitoring mechanism to enhance transparency and ensure accountability.

The Smart Cities in Action

The 90 cities that were approved to be the part of the change only 31 could complete the action. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) leads the chart with 23 completed projects, followed by Varanasi (16) and Raipur (10).

Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET)

Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) at Global Compact Network India (GCNI) realises that building of Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11) requires partners who are committed to a long haul.

The 10 pillars of GCNI-CEGET Framework for Governance of SmartCities runs through the entire chain of the project implementationand supporting structures as depicted in the Figure below.

  1. Establish definition of Smart City with all Services, Solutions and Products
  2. Develop Smart City Components, Master Plan and Roll out plan
  3. Align with Existing Guidelines and Best Practices
  4. Define and develop sustainable Business/Financial Models/Clarity on funding options and plans
  5. Define and Establish Decision making structures, Responsibility matrix and Accountability with SPV framework
  6. Establish Procurement policies and guidelines, Define Procurement Process and Effective compliance models
  7. Establish clear monitoring and evaluation system – Framework and parameters against timelines and deliverables
  8. Build Capacity of the SPV Officials and Use Project Management Consultant for support
  9. Enable and Ensure extensive industry participation in smart cities with clear deliverables and milestones
  10. Encourage participation and innovation by local industry/Encourage entrepreneurship

Read more about Smart Cities ¨http://ceget.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/GCN_Smart_City_8Dec2017.pdf