Thursday, April 18, 2019

1 May 2019: Partnerships for Developing Cities: Reflections from South Africa and India

Andrew Boraine
Western Cape Economic Development Partnership

Organised by:
Carnegie India

Cities are crucial to India’s socio-economic future. How well we manage urbanization, focusing on improving quality of life, economic productivity and the quality of democracy, will dictate how the country grows over the next few decades. There is growing recognition of the fact that the government alone will not be able to fix India’s cities. The kind of systems thinking required to address India’s urban challenges, along with available human and financial capital within governments alone, will not quite cut it. A coalition approach with government, academia, civil society, business and philanthropy appears to be a better way forward.

Several such global examples of partnerships aligned with local leadership are already emerging. It is now being called "New Localism." This is systems thinking in practice, across stakeholder groups, across silos or sectors, based on a realization that 21st century development problems require multi-disciplinary thinking and multi-stakeholder action. We need to envision partnerships that will work for India’s cities. We therefore intend to convene consultations to brainstorm on whether and how such partnerships can be made feasible in India.

To begin with, we envisage this as a consultation exercise where key stakeholders from government, academia, civil society, businesses, foundations and international agencies come together and spend some time trying to find answers to questions around the need for and on forging such partnerships, including mechanisms to institutionalize their creation as a process for problem solving.

The purpose of this particular convening is to learn from South Africa’s experience in governing cities and reflecting on any lessons for India.

Date: May 1, 2019
Time: 4:00 P.M.

Conference Room,
Carnegie India,5th Floor,
C5, Edenpark,
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg,
New Delhi-110016 (India)

Please confirm your participation to Sharanya Rajiv at


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