March 14, 2018
WhatsApps for India from Maharashtra
The issues embedded in Maharashtra’s Economic Survey have a national resonance. It is verily a WhatsApp message for India.
October 18, 2017
How Many Schemes Does it Take to Light Up a Sky?
Neither Ujala programme nor Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana offer any compelling explanation for the sudden spike in brightness of India’s night-time light satellite images.
June 12, 2017
Politicians Trap India’s Farmers between Scarcity and Surplus
The continuous plight of Indian farmers irrespective of the Governments in power or robust agricultural growth.
September 15, 2016
Moving Towards Better Definitions of ‘Urban’ in India
It is important to recognise and fix the flaws in the current method of defining urban areas as it forms the basis for important policies such as eligibility for government schemes.
June 16, 2016
Reclassification of Urban
Skewed projections of non-rural populations have affected economic planning.
June 14, 2016
The Smart City Delusion
For developing countries, fixing the basics is crucial before talking about smart cities innovation.
June 10, 2016
The New Urban Agenda must Recognize the Importance of Intermediary Cities
The story of the coming urban explosion is one of the rise of medium-sized cities. But the world’s planners and authorities have yet to accept this fact.
June 03, 2016
The Problem with India's Urban-Rural Classification
The flawed definition of urban in India has serious consequences for service delivery and resource allocation.
April 04, 2016
Working Paper #1: What's in a Definition?
IDFC Institute's first Working Paper examines the "Implications And Suitability Of Urban Definitions In India Through Its Employment Guarantee Programme".
March 11, 2016
Getting Urbanization Right for Better Jobs in India
IDFC Institute's Vaidehi Tandel and Komal Hiranandani write for the World Bank's "Jobs and Development" blog