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Capacity Development Forum

Design and Delivery of Individual Capacity Building Programmes

08 and 09 December 2021 | Virtual Convening

The Urban Practitioners’ Programme at the IIHS has been driving urban transformation in India through diverse capacity development projects and programmes at the state and national levels across a range of sectors, working with various national and state institutions and development agencies, and partnering with other capacity development and consulting & training institutions and experts.

 

Through the Capacity Development Forum (CDF), IIHS aims to bring together the diverse stakeholders involved in the capacity development arena into a strong and value-added network to consolidate learnings across the country and from around the world. The longer term objective of the forum is to collaborate not only for making our Capacity Development practices better, but also to build and manage knowledge through research papers and action research projects, and create a repository of knowledge on Capacity Development.

  • How can we learn from each other and improve our own approaches and processes?
  • How can we come together and work together to develop integrated and consistent ways of enhancing the effectiveness of capacity development programmes?
  • How can we develop and manage knowledge about capacity development, and thus enhance our capacity in capacity development?
Capacity Development Forum (CDF)

The first convening of the Capacity Development Forum (CDF) will focus on the design and delivery of capacity building programmes for urban practitioners at an individual scale. These include state functionaries, elected representatives, bureaucrats, private practitioners, civil society activists and other stakeholders in urban development. The CDF will bring together capacity development professionals across different sectors of the Urban. The conversation will be grounded in the context of the pandemic and its impacts on the conduct of the capacity building programmes – shift to online mode of delivery, choice of pedagogical tools considering social distancing protocols, learning experience, and digital divide, among others.

 

Event Details

Dates: 08 and 09 December 2021 | Mode: Virtual, on the Zoom platform

 

Day 1 will set the context for individual capacity building in the urban development sector, followed by a conversation on  the role that capacity building plays in the developing countries and how strengthening individual capacities contributes to building institutional capacities, specifically in urban India. Day 1 of the forum will also have discussions on pedagogical tools for individual capacity building through the lens of learners as well as trainers – the key stakeholders of the capacity development ecosystem. These discussions will encourage experience-sharing regarding learner engagement across sectors and modes of learning, with a special focus on post-pandemic situation.

 

Day 2 will start with a keynote on Theory of Change in Capacity Building for Urban Development, specific to the Global South, and the challenges and opportunities in applying this to practice. Day 2 will have two panel discussions with eminent panellists from diverse backgrounds. The first panel will focus on models, types, and components of individual capacity building programmes, in which the panellists explore the need for extended capacity building models, opportunities and scope for including components like mentoring and handholding in programme designs, and the role they play in delivering project outcomes. The second panel will discuss in detail the digital pivot in capacity building programmes, current digital learning trends and the uptake of online courses by urban practitioners in India post-pandemic. The day will close with a dialogue on Capacity Building for leadership and Leadership for Capacity Building.

 

Participation is by invitation only.

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Day 1 – Wednesday, 08 December 2021
Time Session Title and Key Discussion Points
14:00 – 14:05 hrs Welcome note

Introduction to the convening series

14:05 – 14:30 hrs Presentation:
Setting the Context: Capacity Building for Urban Development in India
14:30 – 14:50 hrs Dialogue:
How individual capacity building can develop institutional capacities in urban India and the Global South
14:50 – 15:00 hrs Break
15:00 – 15:45 hrs Discussion 1:
Pedagogical tools for individual capacity building – Learners’ experiences
15:45 – 16:45 hrs Discussion 2:
Pedagogical tools for individual capacity building – Trainers’ perspective
16:45 – 16:55 hrs Reflections – Day 1
16:55 – 17:30 hrs Online networking in groups
Day 2 – Thursday, 09 December 2021
14:00 – 14:30 hrs Guest Speaker:
Theory of Change in Capacity Building for Urban Development – Challenges and Opportunities
14:30 – 15:20 hrs Panel 1:
Models, types and components of individual capacity building programmes
15:20 – 15:30 hrs Break
15:30 – 16:20 hrs Panel 2:
Online and blended Capacity Building Programmes
16:20 – 16:50 hrs Closing lecture:
Capacity Building and leadership
 16:50 – 17:00 hrs Vote of Thanks and Closing

14:05 - 14:30 hrs | Presentation

Setting the Context: Capacity Building for Urban Development in India

 

The first session of the CDF will set the context of capacity building in the Indian urban development sector. The objective of this session is to gain an overview of state capacities; drawing from the past and present trends of capacity building practices, we will discuss the implications for capacity building and skills development in the urban development sector. The session will end with some ideas for the future of capacity building for urban practitioners.

 

The first session of the convening will set the context of capacity building in the Indian urban development sector. The objective of this session is to gain an overview of state capacities; drawing from the past and present trends of capacity building practices, we will discuss the implications for capacity building and skills development in the urban development sector. The session will end with some ideas for the future of capacity building for urban practitioners.

 

Speaker:

 

Aromar Revi

Aromar Revi is the Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) India’s prospective Institution of Eminence and interdisciplinary national University focused on urbanisation. prospective Institution of Eminence and interdisciplinary national University focused on urbanisation.

 

Aromar has over thirty years of experience in public policy and governance, the political economy of reform, development, technology, sustainability and human settlements. He has led or been part of several global research projects. He is a member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and co-chair of its Urban thematic group, and a reputed global expert on Sustainable Urban Development.

 

He has been a senior advisor to multiple ministries of the Government of India, since the late 1980s; and consulted with international development institutions, national and transnational firms on economic, environmental and social change at global, regional and urban scales. This includes UN, multilateral and bilateral agencies: UNDP, UNICEF, UNEP, UN Habitat, UNDRR, UNU; World Bank, ADB, DFID, CIDA, SIDA, SDC, NORAD, GiZ, IDRC and AusAID.

14:30 - 14:50 hrs | Dialogue

The role of individual capacity building in contributing to institutional capacities in urban India and the Global South

 

Today, the rapid pace of urbanization in the Global South warrants the need to strengthen capacities at the institutional level. In this session, IIHS Director Aromar Revi will be in conversation with Billy Cobbett, the Director of Cities Alliance, to discuss the role that capacity building plays in the context of developing countries and how strengthening individual capacities contributes to building institutional capacities, specifically in urban India.

 

Guest:

 

William (Billy) Cobbett

William (Billy) Cobbett is the former Director of Cities Alliance, a global partnership for urban poverty reduction and promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development. He joined the Cities Alliance in 2001 after serving as acting Chief of the Shelter Branch at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), where he designed and launched the Global Campaign for Secure Tenure.

 

Prior to joining UN-Habitat he held numerous positions in his native South Africa, including Director of Housing for the City of Cape Town, Director-General of the National Department of Housing, and National Coordinator of the Department of Local and Regional Government, and Housing, for the African National Congress. He began his urban career as Coordinator of Planact, an urban NGO in Johannesburg.

15:00 - 15:45 hrs | Discussion 1

Pedagogical tools for individual capacity building – Learners’ perspective

 

In this session, some of IIHS UPP’s previous learners will have the opportunity to share their experiences about learning through various pedagogical tools such as activities, games, site visits, group exercises and others. Learners will also share their perspectives on learner engagement, how these differ in the context of in-person and online learning, their experience with adapting to this change, and what are the new possibilities in this space, especially in a post-pandemic situation.

15:45 - 16:45 hrs | Discussion 2

Pedagogical tools for individual capacity building – Trainers’ experiences

 

In this session, training entities will have the opportunity to share experiences about pedagogical tools and methods for integrating diverse themes and audiences. Urban spaces are constantly evolving; individuals within the development sector must therefore be equipped with the necessary skills to tackle challenges and improve existing conditions in the urban areas. This necessitates individual capacity building within the urban development sector. In this session, trainers will discuss the various pedagogical tools employed in a classroom setting, how these tools can be used to address the question of coherence across missions and speak across sectors and departments, and how they can be adapted for capacity building across disciplines as well as different target audiences. The discussion will also highlight the teaching methods currently utilised in the digital learning environment and the new pedagogical possibilities in the post-pandemic situation.

 

Discussants:

 

G Rameshwar Rao

G Rameshwar Rao is a professional with over 40 years of experience in the engineering discipline (Water supply & Sewerage). He has a doctoral degree from Osmania University. He has worked with Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) in various positions including the cadre of Chief General Manager. Presently, he is the Director of Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI) since August 2020 and effectively steering its activities.

 

During his tenure as Chairman, Telangana State Centre of The Institution of Engineers (India) (IEI) was awarded as the “Best State Centre” for the best all-round performance for the year 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 successively. Dr Rao is in association with IEI for more than 34 years. Earlier in 2016, he was chosen as the first Hon. Secretary of the new Telangana State Centre after bifurcation.

 

He has presented more than 25 papers on the subject of Drinking Water Supply & Sewerage systems in various National and International conferences and has also delivered many guest talks as an Invitee.

 


 

Kota Tirupataiah, IFS

Kota Tirupataiah, IFS, is a Professional with over 34 years of Regulatory, Administrative and Development experience. He has a Doctoral degree from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) New Delhi in Ag. Extension. He was selected to the Indian Forest Service in 1986 and he worked not only in Forest Department but also in Social Welfare, Tribal Welfare Departments (ITDAs), Finance & Planning Department (Planning Wing), Rural Development Department, Irrigation & Command Area Development Departments.  He has over three decades of experience in Capacity Building and Training Management in State Institute of Rural Development, Water and Land Management Training & Research Institute (WALAMTARI), Telangana State Forest Academy and Dr Marri Channa Reddy Human Resource Development Institute (Dr. MCR HRDIT).

 

He contributed as a member to the drafting of Guidelines for MGNREGS as well as Integrated Watershed Management Projects of MoRD, GoI. He has over 25 papers presented in National/International Journals, Seminars/Workshops and Co-Authored 3 Chapters in Water and Climate Change.

 

He specialized in training management and teaching “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” as a course to All-India Services, Central Civil Services officers and others. Post-retirement, he is working as Chief Consultant (Training) at Dr. MCRHRDIT, Hyderabad.

 


 

Valli Manickam

Valli Manickam, is Professor and Area Chairperson, Environment Area, CEEUGID, and Centre Director, Centre for Information Technology, and also currently Dean of Training Programmes in ASCI. She has a PhD in Environment and a Master in both Computer Applications and Sciences, with over 25 years of research and teaching experience in the field of Environmental Science and Technology.

 

She has worked for several environmental projects and activities which include environmental impact assessment study, lake Remediation technologies, risk assessment, common effluent treatment plants, air pollution assessment studies, weather modification operations, and climate change.

 

She has co-authored six books in the field of environment and climate change. She has published around 32 papers in peer-reviewed journals and also presented papers in various international conferences and workshops. She was awarded Associate Fellow of the AP Academy of Sciences in 2010 and Fellow APAS in 2015 for her contribution to the field of Environmental Engineering and Technology.

 


 

Vijay Kumar

Vijaya Kumar is Associate Professor & Training Coordinator in NIRDPR-NIRC, Guwahati. He has a PhD in Education and M.Sc. in Psychology with over 30 years of experience teaching and training.

 

He is an expert in the psychology of rural development, development management, behavioural and organizational development, community resource mapping and social sector development (Poverty, Literacy, Education and Health).

 

He has co-authored ten books in the field of rural development and development management. He has published around 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and recently delivered a panel session on inclusive education at the International Conference on Journey of Teacher Education Local to Global (Silver Jubilee Celebrations of NCTE), Aug 2019, Govt. of India. He was awarded the best teacher award in 1999.

14:00 - 14:30 hrs | Guest Speaker

Theory of Change in Capacity Building for Urban Development – Challenges and Opportunities

 

The Theory of Change is a framework that elucidates how a certain intervention, or interventions, is expected to lead to a specific development change. Guest speaker, Deepak Sanan, will talk about how this framework is utilised for capacity building interventions in urban development. The session will focus on the development of theory of change specific to the Global South, how to move from theory to practice, and what are the challenges and opportunities involved when utilising this theory for capacity building programmes.

 

Speaker:

 

Deepak Sanan

Deepak Sanan is a former civil servant, living in Himachal Pradesh. He retired from the Indian Administrative Service, the centrally recruited senior civil service of India in January 2017. He was posted in the state of Himachal Pradesh in 1982. During the course of his career, he held positions that offered experience in public finance, rural development, cooperatives, water resources and sanitation, health and medical education, urban development, housing, town planning, land administration, power, animal husbandry, agriculture and forests and environment, both to the State Governments and the Government of India.

 

Deepak Sanan has published regularly on Center-State relationships, in particular, on creating incentives for more effective use of Central funds to overcome State budget constraints and improve governance. He has a special interest in designing schemes of inter-governmental financial transfers that can improve institutional arrangements at state and local government level to enhance the effectiveness of these transfers and service delivery specially, in basic services. He has undertaken many assignments over the years as a consultant with the World Bank, IFAD, DFID, IDS Sussex and AusAid relating to his skills and experience in public finance, urban and rural development and specially in relation to the water and sanitation sector in India. He has also been on the staff of the World Bank as the India Country Team Leader in the Water and Sanitation Program (South Asia) for two years, between 2005 and 2007.

 

He currently advises the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore on a variety of subjects related to his experience and special interests, such as Land Governance, and issues relating to urban development, water, sanitation and public finance issues.

14:30 - 15:20 hrs | Panel 1

Models, types, and components of individual capacity building programmes

 

In order to develop effective training programmes based on the sector, learning needs of the target audience, and the on-ground skill requirement, a practitioner must have an understanding of the various capacity building models or frameworks and identify the key components required for successful implementation. In this session, an expert panel will discuss the need for an extended capacity building model, how programme designs that include components like mentoring and handholding work, and the programmatic challenges associated with the delivery of training based on their experience. The session will also look to discuss the need to build capacities of trainers and the role they play in delivering project outputs and outcomes.

 

Panellists:

 

Amir Bazaz

Amir Bashir Bazaz is Senior Lead-Practice at IIHS. He is also the Associate Dean – School of Environment and Sustainability, and School of Systems and Infrastructure at IIHS. He holds a PhD in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, with a specialisation in Public Systems. He works on issues at the intersection of economics, climate change mitigation, and adaptation and sustainable development. He has substantial experience in working with various integrated assessment frameworks and modelling arrangements. His current research interests are low carbon societies/infrastructure, climate change adaptation and mitigation (across scales), with specific focus on urban-climate change linkages and climate, energy and environment policy.

 

Amir has a first degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and started his career in the manufacturing industry, working across functional responsibilities of projects, production planning/control and engineering. He has previously been the National Expert Consultant to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India for the Second National Communication to the UNFCCC and taught courses in Development & Environmental Economics during his academic engagements at Symbiosis International University, Pune.

 

At IIHS, Amir is the Regional Research Lead for a multi-partner, multi-year climate adaptation research project – Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR),  a part of an IDRC/DfID funded global climate adaptation research program. In addition, Amir is a part of many practice-based engagements at IIHS, notably; on ‘Energy Innovation’ (on a project led by Cambridge University), ‘Sustainability of Ecosystem Services’ (in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy India and Keystone Foundation) and ‘Migration-Climate Resilience dynamics for Indian cities’ (supported by the Swiss Agency of Development & Cooperation). He has been a regular team member for many ‘Disaster and Climate Resilience’ projects at IIHS and teaches regularly in the Urban Fellows and the Urban Practitioners Program.

 


 

Aparna Das

Aparna Das is an urban planning professional working as a Senior Advisor with GIZ, India, for the last ten years. She received her master’s degree in Urban Development Planning from Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London (UCL), in 2000. Aparna received a SPURS fellowship (2018-19) located within the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT, she focused on urbanization aspects in the Global South and explored methodologies for efficiently distributing economic resources and achieving spatial justice in urban areas.

 

Aparna has more than 20 years of work experience with different sector partners; national, state and city governments, national and international NGOs, and multi and bilateral agencies such as UNICEF, UNDP, DFID India, and the World Bank. Her key sectors of experience are affordable housing, municipal governance, basic urban services, urban planning, and in situ slum upgrading and linkages of these thematic areas with the land legislation and land tenure in urban areas.

 


 

Debjani Ghosh

Debjani GHOSH is a social scientist with a Masters and PhD in Planning with over 20 years of professional experience in the field of development planning. Presently working as Associate Professor, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, she leads the projects related to sustainable planning and capacity building. Her interest and core area of work has been to engage with stakeholders working in knowledge exchange, sharing and management both within and outside India. Some of her key projects include the South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub supported by ADB at NIUA whose primary activity was to promote evidence-based research in 4 South Asian countries to influence change in urban policies and practice through collaboration and knowledge management.

 

As well, she leads the Capacity Building for Smart Data and Inclusive Cities project in partnership with IDS Sussex, UK; Morgenstadt Global Smart Cities Initiative with Kochi Smart City Limited and University of Stuttgart, Germany and the monitoring and assessment of Integrated Capacity Building Programme as a strategic partner for Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India.

 


 

Parth Shah

Parth is the founder of Centre for Civil Society and co-founder of Indian School of Public Policy. He has long championed education reform ideas, which have been adopted in RTE and NEP 2020: fund students, not schools, regulation based on learning outcomes and not inputs, and separation of functions. In the domain of capacity building, he works with college students to get them interested and excited about public policy, has done workshops with national and state government academies and is now developing a Hinglish course in public policy to democratise policy education.

15:30 - 16:20 hrs | Panel 2

Online and blended Capacity Building Programmes

Like with any other sector over the past year, capacity building in urban development has also pivoted towards online or blended modes of teaching and learning. In this session, the expert panel will discuss how this digital pivot affects the capacity building sector, the role of digital blended learning, how the sector has adapted, especially in the Global South, and how they see the sector evolving in post-pandemic India. It will also include discussions on the current digital learning trends and the uptake of online courses by urban practitioners in India post-pandemic. The panel will also discuss what course designers/developers must keep in mind to serve this demographic in the online learning space.

 

Panellists:

 

Anand Arkalgud

Anand is a founding partner of Socion ( www.socion.io ), a social enterprise with a mission to reimagine the way we collectively pursue and resolve societal challenges at scale. Socion partners with social missions (across sectors) and governments to re-orient their efforts to reach and enable development outcomes at scale, and also offers a Participatory Digital Attestation platform that empowers Frontline Workers, Program Administrators and the State to realize their aspirations while enhancing transparency and accountability across the ecosystem.

 

Anand is also a Board member of Catalyst 2030 (https://catalyst2030.net/ ), a global movement of social entrepreneurs and social innovators from all sectors who share a common goal of creating innovative, people-centric approaches to attain the Sustainable Development Goals by

2030.

 


 

Chandrika Bahadur

Chandrika Bahadur is the Founder-Director of the SDG Academy and Vice President of Education at the UN SDSN. She serves as the Chair of the Lancet Commission on COVID 19 India Task Force. Previously, she was President of SDSN Association. From 2008-2011, she was advisor to the Chairman and Managing Director at Reliance Industries, where she helped set up Reliance Foundation. From 2001-2008, Chandrika worked with the United Nations in different roles. In her last assignment, she was a Policy Advisor at UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy in New York, working in Africa to help Ministries of Finance and Planning align their strategies to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), across 20 countries. From 2003-2006, she was part of the leadership team of the UN Millennium Project, an advisory group convened by the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to recommend strategies for the MDGs. She has prior teaching experience at Harvard and Columbia Universities.

 


 

Kakul Misra

Kakul Misra is the National Programme Head for National Urban Learning Platform (NULP) at National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). Kakul is an IIM Bangalore alumnus. In her 2 decades plus of experience she has been an advocate for impact – based transformation. She has worked in both developed and developing economies with the public and private sector to drive this passion. Her leading projects have impacted key development and business outcomes for the stakeholders. This includes leading a program for a large PPP ecosystem to drive service excellence making it #1 Airport globally and a business transformation program for a bank launch, which won the prestigious global award of Brandonhall for Best Learning Program Supporting a Change Transformation Business Strategy.

 


 

Suresh Kumar Rohilla

Suresh Kumar Rohilla has over 25 years of experience working with national / international NGOs, government and academics. He leads the water programme at Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. He is involved in policy advocacy, research and capacity building aimed at mainstreaming water and environmental sustainability in South Asia and Africa. He is Head of the Centre of Excellence in Urban Development sustainable Water Management Area of the Ministry of Urban Development and the National Key Resource Centre of the Ministry of Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation, Government of India. Some of his previous assignments include – Director Environment & Development (Living Ganga Programme) at World Wide Fund for Nature – India; Associate Professor (Environment Management and Sustainability) at Administrative Staff College India, Hyderabad and Lecturer in Environment Management and Sustainability at University of Bradford, U.K; Director (Technical) at the National Capital Regional Planning Board, Ministry of Urban Development and Director – Natural Heritage Division, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), India. He holds a doctoral degree from Queen’s University Belfast and post graduation degree(s) from Jawahar Lal Nehru University and School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. He is recipient of the British Chevening Indian Young Environmental Manager Fellowship (2001), Fulbright Nehru Environmental Leaders Programme Fellow (2012) and Government of Netherlands Fellowship (2014). He has been an affiliated Visiting Professor /Researcher at University of California – Berkeley in U.S.A.

16:30 - 16:50 hrs | Closing dialogue

Capacity Development and leadership

 

In this short session, Manish Dubey, Chief-Practice at IIHS, will have a dialogue with our guest speaker Vidya Bhushan, IAS, to go over the importance of capacity building at an individual level to encourage leadership in the public domain and the nature of such qualities and abilities. The dialogue will cover aspects such as the kind of individual capacity needed at various levels of organizations and institutions to enable effective outcomes, the role leadership plays in enabling individuals acquiring capacity to take informed decisions and steer transformation in a positive direction, and creating stewardship and ownership across the different levels of functionaries.

 

Guest:

Vidya Bhushan, IAS