INFRASTRUCTURE & GOVERNANCE
Provision of high-quality infrastructure and basic services in our cities, towns and rural areas is integral to achieving more inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth in the country. While India has made considerable strides towards public infrastructure creation in the last two decades through reforms and investments, the key challenge lies in the transformation of infrastructure into quality services. The examination of issues related to policy, institutions and incentives that influence this transformation process is vital to the discourse on how to achieve desirable service outputs and outcomes.
At IFMR LEAD’s Centre for Development Finance, Infrastructure & Governance is a research platform that seeks to inform and support this dialogue on improved public service delivery. Supported by a variety of donor agencies and engaging with governments and other stakeholders at various levels, our work aims to strengthen the role of stakeholders and institutional mechanisms needed for better development outcomes in areas such as water supply and sanitation, waste management, health, housing, roads, transport and the provision of other civic amenities, both in urban and rural areas.
Functionally, our research is focused on strategies around institutional and policy reform, inclusive planning and governance, private sector participation and other public service delivery models, public finances and expenditure management and e-Governance processes.