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GIZ India manages cooperation interventions using a ‘cluster’ approach, grouping projects with shared aims to exchange know-how and develop synergies. The Sustainable Urban and Industrial Development (SUID) cluster responds directly to the environmental and social challenges facing India today:

  • environmental degradation and increased greenhouse gas emissions due to population growth and fast-paced urbanisation and industrialisation
  • poverty and social exclusion, which remain in spite of the country’s rapid economic growth

SUID’s overall aim is therefore to help make cities cleaner, more liveable and inclusive, and to enable India’s growing industrial sector to thrive while minimizing adverse environmental impacts.

The SUID cluster counts about 10 projects at any one time, working in synergy on the themes of Human Settlements, Mobility, Sanitation, Ganga

and Industry. It also facilitates the work of the Indo-German Expert Group on extending Dialogue on environmental issues. GIZ projects work in close coordination with partners in government and non-state actors at national, state and local levels throughout India. Enhancing capacities and sharing expertise are at the heart of all SUID – and GIZ – interventions.

The projects assist with policy formulation in their individual domains (e.g. housing, environmental standards) and help partners develop plans to put these policies into practice. Pilot actions are often used to demonstrate the benefits of proposed solutions and test-drive approaches before scaling up interventions to the state or national level.

As a cluster, SUID is able to reach across ministries and government departments and from local to national levels, aligning all of the different actors in pursuit of the common goal – sustainable and inclusive social and economic development in India.