Promoting Business Case for Transparency in Smart Cities

In June 2015 Government of India launched a 100 ‘Smart Cities Project’ and 98 cities have been identified for the city challenge competition in August 2015. The key objective of this project is to improve the infrastructure of the identified cities to efficiently identify and govern the increased urban population, which is expected to hold 40% of India’s population by 2030. The significant differentiator in this initiative is that instead of a top-down approach, the citizens of urban India have been invited to contribute in the formulation of development versions of their cities.

The achievables/deliverables that are desired out of the concept of smart city are as follows:

  • Adequate water supply,
  • Assured electricity supply,
  • Sanitation, including solid waste management,
  • Efficient urban mobility and public transport,
  • Affordable housing, especially for the poor,
  • Robust IT connectivity and digitalization,
  • Good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation,
  • Sustainable environment,
  • Safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly, and
  • Health and education

With the aim of promoting pragmatic approaches around 10th UNGC Principle that states Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery, Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency facilitated discussions in Visakhapatnam, Lucknow, Pune, Bhubaneswar, and Ranchi to advocate for a business case for transparency in smart city development.

Global Compact Network India – 12th National Convention - 2017, New Delhi

UN Global Compact Network India organises every year its flagship event National Convention. Rotated round the country, this year, at New Delhi the National Convention, 12th in its series was held on 28th April 2017. The GCNI National Convention coincided with the UN Global Conference held on 26-27 April 2017 held also in New Delhi. This year, the theme of the Convention was “Making Global Goals Local Business”.  There is a broad consensus that governments alone will not be able to meet the targets set by the SDG goals.  Thus, under this theme, the objective of the convention was to encourage the Corporate Sector to work towards the achievement of some of these ambitious SDG goals There are key roles that government departments and agencies need to play in order to ensure that businesses can operate efficiently and assist in meeting the targets set by the SDG goals by the year 2030.

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White Paper - Business Recommendations for Public Procurement Policy in India


Procurement is an activity of finding, acquiring, buying goods, services or works from an external source, through tendering or competitive bidding process. It is an integral part of governance and financial management system of any country and it accounts for a substantial amount of global and national expenditure. In India, estimates of public procurement vary between 20 percent of GDP (WTO estimates) to 30 percent of GDP (OECD estimates).  Its importance can be highlighted by the fact that some of the important ministries of the Government of India such as the Railways, Defense and Telecom devote almost 50 percent of their budget to procurement. As a result, a properly designed and implemented procurement law is long overdue that could improve the financial management and bring large financial and governance benefits in the short and long run.

Advocacy Around Public Policy and Recommendations

Post the Procurement Consultation in New Delhi in June 2016, various engaging discussions were held with different department of the Government of India in relation to GCNI White Paper and proposed business recommendations.  GCNI team members met senior functionaries of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance; Trade Policy Division, Ministry of Commerce; and Niti Aayog to share the business inputs on the Public Procurement Bill and seek guidance on way forward.

Signing of MoU with Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL)

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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (PSCDCL) and Global Compact Network India (GCNI) –

An MoU was signed with the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) entering into a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with GCNI for providing advisory service on governance and compliance to the special purpose vehicle (‘SPV’) created for the purpose of the Project, inclusive of a customised IT solution for governance and compliance and Advisory on Public Private Partnership. The MoU is effective from 1st July 2016 to 20th June 2021.  The non-commercial MoU will ensure that PSCDCL operates in an effective and efficient manner, and attracts best investment to realise its mission.  This tremendous achievement of ours was also mentioned on different media portals.

In the succeeding months, GCNI and its knowledge partners came up with the timelines and the scope of work of the project, which have been crystallized through subsequent meetings and will remain dynamic in the 1st year of the Project.

CEGET – Collective Action Conference - Basel, Switzerland

Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, CEGET with other delegates

CEGET – Collective Action Conference was held on 20-21st October 2016 at Basel, Switzerland.

The Conference addressed the latest developments in research and practice on anti-corruption through high-level panel discussions, workshops and key note speeches with distinguished experts and practitioners.  Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, CEGET, shared examples from UN-GCNI in the area of Public Procurement and other processes that can be supported by open data and collective action.

19th Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting - New York, United States of America

Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, CEGET at UN Headquarter, New York

The 19th Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting was held on Wednesday, 7th December 2016, at New York, USA.

The Working Group meeting provided a space for exchanging good practices and sharing experiences on specific topics such as Anti-Corruption, Collective Action and the use of ICT, including innovative e-solutions and other web-based platforms to promote transparency.  Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director – Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET), represented CEGET and was part of the meeting.

Mid-Term Evaluation Report - Global Compact Network India (UN-GCNI)

An MoU was signed between CEGET and HUCOS Advisors on Wednesday 28th December 2016, to come out with a Mid –Term Evaluation Report.

The Mid-Term Evaluation Report will cover the activities and interventions undertaken by UN Global Compact Network India (UN-GCNI), under the Siemens Integrity Initiative (SII) supported project – ‘Center of Excellence (COE) for Strengthening Transparency and Ethics in Business’. This Mid-Term Evaluation Report provides an assessment and highlights the work undertaken by CEGET under this project, during a 19 month period from 1st March 2015 till 30th September 2016.