Interim Phase – India Knowledge Support on Slum Upgrading, Urban Poverty Reduction and Affordable Housing
The Government of India's Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA) has begun the process of designing the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) programme, which focuses on affordable housing for low-income households, and urgently requires knowledge support on various design issues of the programme. The Regional Centre for Urban & Environment Studies (RCUES) and the All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG) have submitted a larger funding proposal to the Cities Alliance for knowledge support to the Ministry to provide flexible, long-term, programmatic support for the Ministry's objectives and mission. This current application request is for Cities Alliance knowledge support during the interim period required for approval of the larger project.
To provide knowledge support to the Regional Centre for Urban & Environment Studies (RCUES) and the All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG) as it assists MoHUPA in designing the RAY programme.
The interim phase will focus on the following: A. Establishment of the knowledge support unit within MoHUPA; B. Development of a knowledge base on international best practices as inputs for policy notes; C. Creation of a nework of best practices in property rights/right to city/slum-free cities, identifying nodal persons at the country/city level to liaise with the Government of India on sharing information on good practices (policies and programmes); and D. Cities Alliance/World Bank Institute/World Bank assistance to MoHUPA to constitute an expert group on land, housing, services, financing, and planning, which can be drawn on when required.
Expected Impacts and Results
A. Operational Knowledge Support Unit with four dedicated experts. At least the first meeting of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) of the project should be held with adequate representation from all stakeholders; B. Establishment of a network on best practices on property rights /the right to the city/ slum-free cities; C. Formation of an expert group on select policy issues; and D. Development of a knowledge base on international best practices.