January 26, 2020
Why India has the fastest-growing cities
What explains the rapid urbanisation in Kerala? Vaidehi Tandel, Kadambari Shah and Harshita Agrawal at the IDFC Institute look into the reasons and the implications for governance.
January 15, 2020
The other data challenge: Measuring life in a metro
We need to know how many people enter cities, where they live, how they travel, and what they do for a living.
August 18, 2019
Fix real estate mess to house growth
This article examines the real estate industry which poses an economic and systemic risk—the buyer without an asset and the builder with an unfinished project.
April 17, 2019
Failing to acknowledge urbanisation undermines quality of life
India is more urban than the official numbers suggest. If thresholds for the categorisation of cities are relaxed, India moves from about a quarter urban to about a half and even more.
February 13, 2019
Legitimise informal rental agreements in slums
For slum housing policies to be truly inclusive, the State must recognise diverse tenurial arrangements.
September 04, 2017
How to Kill Cities: A Primer on Unsmart Policies
In this New Indian Express article, Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Fellow, IDFC Institute talks about the key issues in urban governance that plague Indian cities, using the backdrop of the recent flash floods that brought life in the country's financial c...
May 23, 2017
The Promise of 100 New Cities and Messed Opportunity
Can incrementalism deliver amidst the inadequacy of capacity and funds? More pertinently, why shelve the idea of new cities?
August 11, 2016
Sanjeev Sanyal on His New Book and Indian Economics
The article talks about forgotten history of the maritime trading network and the importance of matrilineality in the South East Asian history
August 01, 2016
Jugaad Governance: Section 144 for Drought, Section 144 for Floods
The article stresses on the need to take urban governance seriously and empower urban local bodies
May 04, 2016
Harvest Of Misery And The Perpetual Drought Politics
System and policy discourse on drought management focus on consequences rather than causatives.