The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has announced the names of the 25 cities selected for the Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge under the Smart Cities Mission.

Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge: Key Points

  • About the Challenge:
    • Launch: November 2020.
    • Features:
      • It is a 3-year initiative that aims to work with Indian cities and their partners to pilot and scale ways to improve public space, mobility, neighborhood planning, access to early childhood services and amenities, and data management across city agencies.
      • It aims to propagate an early childhood centric approach among Indian cities.
    • Partner Organisations:
      • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF), and World Resources Institute (WRI) India.
    • Support to Selected Cities:
      • Selected cities based on their proposal, readiness, and commitment – will receive technical support and capacity-building to developing, pilot, and scale solutions that enhance the quality of life of young children.
  • Significance:
    • Sensitivity Towards Children: Urban design and city planning play a crucial role in shaping the early years (0- 5 years) of a child’s life – the period most vital for a child’s long-term health and development.
    • In-Line with the ITCN Framework of the Smart Cities Mission: ITCN refers to the Infant, Toddler, Caregiver-Friendly Neighbourhoods framework. It has the following five objectives pertaining to neighborhoods – Safe, Playful, Accessible, Inclusive and Green.
    • Promotes Inclusive Development: It promotes inclusive development as it aims to enhance opportunities in urban areas for all vulnerable citizens, especially young children.

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