The Hub is a free-access online capacity building portal meant to facilitate knowledge sharing, peer learning and collaboration in the field of sustainable urban transport and urban development in India. Rooted in WRI India’s research and practice areas of work, the Hub offers publications, research papers, data sets, videos, training material, toolkits and other ready-to-use resources developed by WRI India through its research work with different cities. The Hub also offers e-learning opportunities through webinars, expert talks and other training material, and, interactive platforms like online discussion fora and social media to bring together peers and stakeholders working in this space to learn, connect, contribute and collaborate.
When it comes to urban transport and city planning, there is a lack of capacity in Indian cities today in the areas of policymaking, investment decisions, executing planning and design, and overall operationalization of services. Both institutions and individuals working in this field face a challenge in addressing the alarming increase in cities’ urban population, travel demand and the threats posed by rapid motorization which are detrimental to individual and societal well-being.
As a response towards bridging this gap in individual and institutional capacity, WRI India has produced high quality, seminal publications which inform policy and facilitate intelligent decision making. The objective of the Hub is to bridge the gaps in individual and institutional capacities, available data and information that currently exist in Indian cities by providing a single site source for researchers, practitioners, students, policymakers and others.