A ''National Workshop on Sharing Urban Good Practices'' discussing the initiatives and processes involved therein for efficient service delivery was held on the 20th of January 2015 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The activity was conducted as a series of discussions revolving around 5 technical sessions (of approximately 1 hours), each focusing on more or less common themes across all five compendiums of Good Practices that were released on the same day under the Cities Alliance (CA) sponsored Knowledge Support for PEARL.
Strengthening fiscal capabilities of ULBs by devolving additional sources of revenue that are buoyant and elastic to their expenditure needs is important. Using land as a resource the potential of generating additional revenues through land based fiscal tools need to be explored. A study commissioned by the MoUD under its CBUD project has proposed an Urban Infrastructure Benefit Tax (UIBT) as a beneficial tax for the ULBs. The purpose of the workshop was to have discussions on the final outcome of the study and finalizing a way forward. It was attended by representatives of ULBs, State Governments, research institutions, academic institutions and international donor agencies.
The key objective of the Knowledge Meet was to disseminate knowledge emanating from two specific activities of PEARL, ie the Knowledge Needs Assessment Study and the international exposure visit to Seoul, South Korea. It was attended by representatives of Ministry of Urban Development, key personnel from World Bank/Cities Alliance‟s and KRIHS, municipal officials of participating cities of KNA, international donor community, academia, training institutes and urban think‐tanks.
The workshop titled “Improving Access to Capital Market through Municipal Bonds” organised under the PEARL Programme included themes like credit issues with municipalities in the light of the flagship programme “Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission” (JnNURM) experience, challenges with investment grade urban local bodies (ULBs) in issuing bonds, case studies on credit enhanced structures done by municipalities till date in India and so on. Experiences of Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Hyderabad on accessing bond market, challenges faced by Indore ULB in accessing the capital market despite having good rating, constraints in issuing municipal bonds according to the regulators and investors and approach to overcome these challenges were shared.
The reform led JnNURM program has transformed the idea of urban governance and initiated thinking about the financial sustainability of urban local bodies in India. However, owing to the ever evolving and complex nature of cities, local bodies are constantly struggling to address emerging challenges of capacity building, integrated planning and project management. A series of National Workshops have been conceived under the PEARL program to encourage in-depth discussion about urban challenges faced by mission cities and enable sharing of experiences in overcoming the same. The second in a series of such workshops held at New Delhi was attended by representatives from urban local bodies, state governments and research institutions.
In order to focus on target group oriented access to training, GIZ and NIUA have collaborated to develop a training supply database which would be a separate module in the PEARL website (www.indiaurban portal.in), managed by NIUA. The objective of this module is to address the information and knowledge needs of the ULBs and encourage cross-learning, through updated information regarding training events from the training institutes. The objective of the half day workshop was to introduce the online training module to the participants from nationally acclaimed training institutions and seek their comments and feedback before making it online.
The Ministry of Urban Development in collaboration with the National Institute of Urban Affairs organized a half day workshop to discuss the findings of the study “Changes in Public Transport System under JnNURM”, focusing on evaluating the impact of the modern fleet of buses procured under JnNURM by five mission cities viz. Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Panjim, Indore and Bhubaneswar and the impact of these buses on the local transport sector. It was organized and funded under the PEARL Programme as part of its mandate to support capacity building through the PEARL network to disseminate knowledge to sector professionals. The main purpose of the workshop was to discuss the constraints faced by the mission cities in implementing the transport system under JnNURM, as drawn out by the study and to discuss about the study‟s contribution to the improvement of the public transport systems in Indian cities based on the lessons learned in these five cities.
The workshop with consultants engaged in Preparation of City Development Plans and Detailed Project Reports under JnNURM was organized as part of the PEARL Programme at NIUA under the leadership of Ministry of Urban Development and was attended by more than 200 participants and consultants from different states, cities and union territories and dignitaries from Minister for Urban Development, Planning Commission, State governments and various municipalities and senior representatives from the World Bank. The workshop was based on discussions on the practical outputs of the 1st Generation CDPs and DPRs. Overall, the workshop allowed urban local bodies to interact with consultants from across India and identify ways of developing and executing CDPs in their cities, introduce innovation and competitive ways of CDP preparation, and adopt good DPRs to improve the delivery of urban services in their constituencies.
The Experience Sharing Workshop was organised under the leadership of Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) in collaboration with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), who is the National Coordinator of the PEARL Programme. The two day National Workshop was organised at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh on 14 and 15 March 2013. The event was a unique forum with participants from ULBs, governments, state governments, research institutions, etc.
Capacity building being one of the major pillars for the successful implementation of IHCDP and forthe same, two workshops were arranged to disburse information and knowledge related to this. Thefirst workshop was organized in October, 2012 in Ahmedabad and the second workshop was held in Mysore. Both the workshops are held at different stages of the programme.The second workshop at Mysore was aimed at sharing knowledge and experiences from case studies on Heritage Management from Karnataka and specifically the case of Mysore. Sharing of experiences between the IHCDP pilot cities - namely Hyderabad, Ajmer-Pushkar and Varanasi and discussions on issues and challenges faced in old city revitalization and inclusive and community based heritage management were the focus of the workshop.
NIUA under the PEARL Project (CA) component organized a half day workshop on 'The Art of Knowledge Exchange' on 22nd January 2013. The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Shobha Kumar, Sr. Learning Specialist at World Bank Institute Knowledge Exchange Practice (WBIKE), where in she introduced and demonstrated the Bridge Model for Knowledge Exchange and also elaborated on the use of various instruments and activities that help improve the efficiency of knowledge exchange programs.
Capacity building has been one of the major pillars for the successful implementation of IHCDP. Two workshops were arranged to disburse information and knowledge related to this. The first workshop was organized from 1st - 3rd October, 2012 in Ahmedabad and the second workshop was held in Mysore. Both the workshops were held at different stages of the programme.The first workshop at Ahmedabad was aimed at preparation of heritage inventory (tangible and intangible) and bringing in inclusiveness in the process of heritage conservation. Detailed city level analysis, incorporation of heritage conservation in the city development plan, generating revenue for the same were the prime areas of discussion in the workshop.
The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) in collaboration with the World Bank Institute (WBI) and Cities Alliance organized a one and a half day practitioner to practitioner learning event on Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in Solid Waste Management (SWM). Held on 3rd – 4th June 2011 at the India Habitat Center in New Delhi, the event brought together SWM professionals in the country who are currently implementing PPP projects under the JnNURM.
The workshop was organised by National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) in collaboration with, CEPT, World Bank Institute (WBI) and Cities Alliance (CA). The workshop was attended by over 35 participants. The basic objective of the workshop was to share strategies for achieving effective participation of cities to access and use the PEARL platform; share experiences and challenges in assessing knowledge needs of cities including international experiences.
Experience Sharing National Workshop on Mixed Economy Cities was organized on Strengthening Peer Experience and Reflective Learning (PEARL) under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) was organized by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) with the local support of Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) on 11th March 2011 at Chandigarh.
A National Workshop on PEARL was held in Hyderabad on November 6, 2009 under JNNURM. It was jointly organised by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI).
A National Workshop on Mega Cities was held in New Delhi on 4th July 2009 as part of the Peer Experience and Reflective Learning (PEARL) Programme under JNNURM. The workshop was attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), as well as, representatives from Knowledge management institutes.
The Launch Meet of PEARL with KMs and Mission Cities was held on December 4, 2008 at NIUA, New Delhi. The main objective of the roundtable was to discuss contents of the proposed PEARL website – India Urban Portal (www.indiaurbanportal.in), which is the gateway to the 65 cities under JnNURM and linked to the main website of JnNURM. Extensive discussions on identifying the knowledge gaps and information sharing, best practices and crosscutting issues, etc. were conceded in the workshop.
The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) requested National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) to organise a review meeting of various stakeholders of the PEARL Program. The meeting was chaired by Mr. A.K.Mehta, Joint Secretary, MoUD, the participants included representatives from NIUA, Technical Cell JNNURM, CEPT, RCVPN Academy, CMA-MP, Mega City Association (MCA), UAA and AIILSG. Various knowledge managers of different groups made presentations highlighting their efforts, potentials and constraints. Heritage cities and Mega cities group have made substantial progress as compared to the mixed economy, industry and environmental sensitive city groups.
The first PEARL peer group workshop for the Group D Cultural, Heritage and Religious cities was held at Hotel Regency, Agra on Wednesday, 28th November 2007. All identified Group D cities were invited for the occasion. The workshop was attended by the Senior Officials of the Group D cities as well as the representatives from JnNURM Technical cell and local organizations from Agra.
The Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, in partnership with the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh and Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad, organised a one day National Conference on Networking of JnNURM Cities – “Launching of Peer Experience and Reflective Learning (PEARL) Programme” on 31 January 2007 at Hotel Marriott, Conventional Centre, Hyderabad. The Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) facilitated this national conference. Over 100 delegates, primarily Mayors and Commissioners from the 63 JnNURM Cities and representatives from State Level Nodal Agencies, along with the Technical Advisory Group of JnNURM Mission Directorate, participated in this one-day event.