Capacity Building for Urban Development under AMRUT

In 2016, WRI India was empaneled as a National Training Entity in the field of Town Planning by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. This empanelment places WRI India within a roster of premier national technical and non-profit organisations that have been officially recognised for their excellence in the fields of urban development and capacity building. As a National Training Entity, WRI India works with multiple states towards furthering the goals of various urban missions such as Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Smart Cities. This is achieved by imparting training to functionaries and elected representatives from various Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), on subjects related to the themes of urban mobility and planning. 

These trainings are designed by WRI India's faculty of experience practitioners in consultation with the states, and focus on using interactive and hands-on discussions, exercises, reference materials, handbooks, games, and site visits to facilitate an immersive learning environment for all participants. Participant feedback has been consistently positive, with key appreciation directed towards the teaching methodology and the applicability of newfound learnings to the respective workplaces and constituencies. Several participants have made efforts towards adapting and realising the ideas showcased to them through our trainings, and many have even disseminated the same to their cities through various channels such as newspaper articles and interviews. 

In 2016-17, this empanelment enabled WRI India to support 2 states, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, under the purview of AMRUT. Over a series of 8 trainings, workshops, and study tours, WRI India was able to help augment the skills and knowledge of over 230 officials and elected representatives from over 70 cities and towns. Participants represented a wide range of public offices, such as Mayors, Councillors, Engineers, Town Planners, Municipal Officers, Public Works Departments representatives, etc. They have received training in a range of subjects, such as optimisation of city bus services, Transit Oriented Development, urban roads design, and use of GIS in urban planning and administration. Moving ahead, WRI India will be working with newer states whilst deepening existing engagements.

To learn more about this engagement, please view this presentation.

To learn more about the different capacity building avenues supported by WRI India, please view this brochure.

For further information, please write to Chhavi at

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