Sectors and Projects



We are addressing the needs of small cities by creating knowledge, building institutional capabilities, and informing decision making to pursue a path of sustainable urban development. Some of the work we are doing on sustainability includes:

Localizing Sustainable Development Goals: We are co-creating a data indicator framework to assess preparedness of the city towards sustainable urban development and SDGs through a knowledge partnership with the municipal corporation of a Himalayan city.

Child Friendly and Sustainable Mobility Plan: We are helping develop a sustainable mobility plan that ensures safety for children for a city with a high density of schools.  




We are working with small city actors including municipalities, citizens and citizen groups for citizen centric governance to build enabling mechanisms that act as levers and barriers for small cities. A sample of our work on Governance includes:

Decentralisation of Powers to Urban Local Bodies: In a pan-India study, Nagrika conducted field interviews and analysis of functions of urban local bodies, municipal structures, laws and regulations in different sized cities across India to enable effective urban governance.

Comparative Assessment of Statutory Powers: Small Municipalities vis-a-vis Larger Municipal Corporations: Distinction and analysis of the composition, functioning, and powers of municipal councils and municipal corporations including powers to make rules, raise taxes and levies, borrowing powers, conduct of their duties and others.

E-readiness assessment of Municipal Corporations and Councils: We created a baseline of e-readiness across twenty cities in one Indian state.


Social Policy

We are committed to building equitable and inclusive small cities. We bridge the knowledge gap to create opportunities for the most vulnerable of populations. Some of the work we have done includes:

Indicator framework for assessing child-friendliness of city's built and social environment: We built an indicator framework that helps city governments assess where their cities stand in child-friendliness and how they can improve cities for the welfare of the next generations.

Attracting investments for equitable development of small cities along an industrial corridor: We created a strategy to help bring investments to both traditional and non-traditional industries that can help revive shrinking cities.

Making healthcare more accessible through e-Health solutions: We are helping one city develop e-health solutions that will make quality healthcare more accessible for all.


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Service Delivery

We help identify challenges and build solutions that improve service delivery across the cities and communities. Some of the work we are doing on service delivery includes:

Self Sustaining Public Restroom Model: Creating self-sustaining public sanitation service delivery model across multiple cities in a state. We have been developed toolkits, guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures, Revenue Model, Terms of References, partnership strategies and other knowledge products for creating trendsetting public toilet blocks and their Operations and Maintenance.

Informal Sector Business Models: We studied knowledge networks and business practices of informal sector private service providers in three different sized state capital cities. Through this project we conducted primary research, analyzed and drew out insights from the informal institutional provision of FSM and septage services.

Citizen Handbook: We developed a handbook with vital information for citizens in relation to their cities and the various services the government has to offer to its citizen.

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