The National Institute of Urban Affairs recently conducted a webinar on “Inclusive Cities – Approaches for making Indian cities more accessible, safe, and inclusive for ALL” to commemorate the Strategy Launch of the Inclusive Cities Center. The webinar was a part of the 45th anniversary celebrations of the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).
Mr. Ajay Suri, Senior Advisor, NIUA presented the centre’s strategies and 5-years work plan. Mr. Ernst Doering, GIZ India – Cluster Coordinator, Sustainable Urban and Industrial Development, provided the highlights of the GIZ and NIUA partnership to foster inclusive development.
The panel session included prominent experts coming together to talk about the idea of Inclusive Cities and concerns of different marginalised groups existing in the cities. Among the panelists were Mr. Abhijit Shankar Ray, Senior Urban Specialist, The World Bank, Ms. Mamta Kohli, FCDO, UK Government, Ms. Kalpana Vishwanath, SAFETIPIN, Ms. Rushda Majeed, BvLF, Ms. Sukanya Krishnamoorthy, University of Edinburgh and was moderated by Ms. Aparna Das, Senior Advisor, GIZ. Topics ranging from inclusivity in urban development, needs of women and persons with disabilities in urban areas and urban heritage were discussed and deliberated upon.
The Inclusive Cities Center (ICC), set up at NIUA, aims to develop tools and frameworks for institutional strengthening of city authorities to promote inclusivity. A knowledge repository is also proposed for sharing learnings from global good practices of inclusive cities. ICC will facilitate cities in evidence-based planning and investments to improve quality of life and productivity for all. It will focus on the most vulnerable of the city residents including the urban poor, persons with disabilities, women, children, youth and elderly. The centre will implement activities to address challenges related to spatial, social, economic and digital inclusion in cities.