Session 1: Urban Governance
Urban Governance comprises of the mechanisms, processes and institutions through which citizens and groups articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligations and mediate their differences. The session discusses: the issues of operational autonomy of local bodies; role of increased involvement of civil society groups and private sector with government- PPP models; need for more empowerment of local governance system; ways to bring improvement in basic service delivery; challenges posed by expanding informal settlement mainly on housing and transport and need for transparency and holistic planning of cities for good governance
Session 2: Connecting Cities to Finance
The fundamental problem in financing the cities is defining city as an entity, which can plan holistically with different sectors and budget, and which is empowered and can be made accountable, and which has the autonomy. The session discusses: the reasons why contracting is difficult to happen in the urban local bodies; the need for credible and sensible information in facilitating the process of financial transaction between investors and urban local bodies; the capacity to process the information for better financing decisions; the need for amendment of the laws for better financing; role of different institutions in financing the cities and of the market; sources of revenue to fund the urban local bodies; providing a culture in which different cities in India compete for resources; success stories in PPPs.
Session 3: Better Contractual Set-up for Service Delivery
The PPP model in infrastructure has brought to light the increasing need of provisioning civic service by private sector. To ensure sustainable service delivery in the urbanization space, it is imperative to come up with a model based on similar lines. The session discusses: the feasibility of the PPP model, its utility and the need for changes; importance of consultation and communication towards effective contract management; problems faced by city infrastructure due to expanding informal settlement; challenges of operational efficiency; need and means for managing and distributing risks. Session also discusses few case studies from the slums of Dharavi, Mumbai and the success story of Delhi Jal Board pilot projects based on PPP model launched in national capital region.