A Structured Approach to Capacity Building

Evolution of a Strategy

CIDCO is a pioneer in the urban development sector in India and as such, it is constantly evolving in order to be prepared to face the challenges of the modern urban sector. CIDCO recognizes the significance of building its capacity as an urban development agency and it plans to implement many interventions.

For these, CIDCO established the NIUA-CIDCO Smart City Lab, a research and capacity building unit in 2014 through a collaboration with the National Institute of Urban Affairs. Over the last three years, the Smart City Lab has conducted research on smart cities, aided the launch of CIDCO’s Smart City Action Plan and implemented several capacity building interventions for CIDCO. These interventions include a training needs assessment conducted in 2014-2015 and the facilitation of participation in trainings for CIDCO officers.

Recognizing that a lack of clear guidelines and a lengthy approval process for participation in a trainings are a barrier to capacity building, CIDCO adopted a training policy in 2017, with the support of the Smart City Lab.

Subsequently, the Lab developed an online training management system for its implementation. Earlier version of CIDCO@Smart1 has covered both of these in detail. A dedicated training cell at CIDCO maintains the online training management system ‘Ujjwal’. The training policy, Ujjwal and the training cell are the pillars of the comprehensive training programme at CIDCO.

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A Structured Approach to Capacity Building