Need Assessment Smart City Workshop: Transforming Cities through Co- Development

Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) organised its 1st Regional Need Assessment Smart City Workshop: Transforming Cities through Co-Developmenton 16th January 2019 at Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP).

The objective of the conference was to identify major issues and challenges, and emerging trends and demands were discussed in the session chaired by Mr. Anurag Yadav, Secretary and Mission Director Smart Cities Department of Urban Development Government of Uttar Pradesh (UP). The outcome of the discussion underlined the major component of the Smart Cities Mission was to be implemented through convergence and Public Private Partnership (PPP). Project Management Consultants (PMC) should have proper plan and roadmap related to fund expenditure as till now hardly 10 percent of the smart cities fund has been utilized in the state. And most importantly a committee at the state level has been formed under chairmanship of Mission Director for speedy approval and vetting of the technical projects/DPRs.

In regards to categorise potential strategies and solutions of 10 Smart Cities the State is working toward providing single window clearance for inter departmental co-ordination at the SHPSC level. A government order in this regard has already been issued by the state government earlier which will be reviewed.

Director RCUES Lucknow, Dr. Nishith Rai; Mr. A K Gupta, Additional Director; Dr. Alka Singh, Deputy Director; Mr. Somnath Singh, GCNI, Programme Manager and Mr. Arya Dev, Legal Analyst facilitated discussions during the workshop.



The Ambition:

By 2020, 20 cities will have the capacity to lead, finance, and implement 20 corresponding integrated urban development projects/programmes that leverage public and private expertise, innovation, and investments to deliver visible and measurable impacts through enhanced governance, innovations, job creation, equitable economic growth, and environmental sustainability.


The Process:

  • Launched at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur in Feb. 2018
  • Open Call to cities and regional city governments to present their SDG ambitions and challenges.
  • First round of calls closed on 5 Oct. 2018.
  • 150+ Expressions of Interest from all global regions
  • Expressions of Interest received from56 cities and 94 non-city institutional organizations (including state governments, companies, NGOs, civil society, etc.)

  • The Delivery:


Ms Shabnam Siddiqui at PGPDM Convocation Ceremony 2018 at SPJIMR

The convocation ceremony of SP Jain Institute of Management & Research-PGPDM Post-Graduate Programme in Development Management for Batches 11 and 12 was held on Saturday (Jan 19, 2019) at the SPJIMR campus in Mumbai.

The Programme Chairperson, Prof. Rukaiya Joshi presented the batch Report. Highlighting the diversity of the programme participants, Prof. Joshi elucidated on the innovative learning interventions introduced as part of the PGPDM curriculum.

The Chief Guest Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, Global Compact Network India, along with Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, Dean SPJIMR presented the certificates for Scholastic Excellence and the Graduation certificates to the participants.



Photo Caption: Noida has been chosen as the only city in India to be part of the UN Sustainable Cities 2025 Plan. Read more: https://lnkd.in/fuUDrpG With this background GCNI CEGET Team led by GCNI Secretary Dr.BalvirTalvar and Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui met Mr. Rajeev Tyagi, General Manager Noida Authority to explore partnership possibilities on 9th January 2019 at BHEL township Noida.

MoHUA’s National Challenge framework for Climate Smart Cities

Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui participated in the brainstorming session for framing the National Challenge Framework on Climate Smart Cities and Air Pollution mitigation on 25th January, 2019. The event was organised by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in partnership with GIZ, and was hosted and facilitated by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).

Cities will now be required to submit their performance against the indicators in a specified time frame and performing cities will be recognised for their efforts. The Ministry will launch the Challenge framework for 100 Smart Cities in later part of February 2019.



Do write in / participate / partner in these events:

  • 2ndRegional Need Assessment Smart City Workshop: Transforming Cities through Co-Development to be held in Hyderabad on 8th February 2019.
  • 2nd Business Roundtable for Smart Cities to be held in Mumbai on 21st February 2019. To participate please send an email to ceget@globalcompact.in


For details please send an email to director.ceget@globalcompact.in or pratikvig@acra.it

Registration link : Send Response/ RSVP

Seats are limited. Please send in your registrations before 7th February at https://www.smartrepublic.in/register.php.

Only one individual per business can attend

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