The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) has undertaken urban development work in India since the early 1980s. This study was commissioned to review this work with a view to drawing lessons to guide on-going and new projects in India and other low- and middle-income countries. The review is restricted to 7 major projects undertaken in different parts of the country. In chronological order, these are the Hyderabad Slum Improvement Project (HSIP), Calcutta Slum Improvement Project (CSIP), Kolkata Environmental Improvement Project (KEIP), Kolkata Urban Services for the Poor (KUSP), Andhra Pradesh Urban Services for the Poor (APUSP), Madhya Pradesh Urban Services for the Poor (MPUSP), and Support Programmes for Urban Reforms (SPUR).
Section 1 of this report outlines the methodology used for the review. Section 2 gives a snapshot overview of each of the 7 projects included in the study. In Section 3, a thematic synthesis across the 7 DFID urban development projects is undertaken, beginning with a contextual analysis of the evolution of DFID's programmes within the state and national urban policy context. Based on this evolution of objectives, the programmes are classified into 3 generations and the shift in project focus, interventions, and strategies across them is explored. In Section 4, the focus is on the methods that have been used to evaluate the projects, with a view to provide guidelines for future impact evaluations. In Section 5, lessons learnt from this synthesis are presented, followed by the identification of areas for future research.
Anon. Research into Lessons Learnt from DFID India Urban Investments over 20 Years. Final Report. Oxford Policy Management Asia, New Delhi, India/CRISIL, Mumbai, India (2013) 135 pp.