About Us

The Urban Collective Action Network (U-CAN) aims to bring together people, communities, policymakers and state agencies in Tier II and Tier III Indian cities, in a safe space to discuss and solve problems, resulting in better urban governance and a richer livable experience. 


We enable the government and people to work together in creating livable, equitable and inclusive cities through active citizen participation.


The Urban Collective Action Network (U-CAN) is a network of organisations committed to improving urban problem solving through collective working, a multisectoral systems approach and a commitment to citizen inclusion in the policy making process. U-CAN will engage with government partners, NGOs, CSOs, academia and private bodies that are actively invested in reimagining Tier II and Tier III Indian cities.


The workings of the Collective are governed by the following principles:

Our Members

Member organisations of the Collective have immersive experience in working on both programmatic and systems interventions with partners across different governance levels.

Aveek De

Bijal Brahmbhatt

Dhanashree Gurav

Dr. Inder Gopal

Gautham Ravichander

Jaya Dhindaw

Kanupriya Kaikeya

Krishnan Subbaraman

Kuldeep Dantewadia

Madhav Pai

Mayura Gadkari

Milind Mhaske

Namita Aggarwal

Pavan Kundapura

Pratima Joshi

Pritika Hingorani

Prof Anjula Gurtoo

Sarah Misra

Shilpa Kumar

Shreyansh Chandak

Shruti Narayan

Shubhagato Dasgupta

Siddharth Pandit

Siraz Hirani

Srikanth Viswanathan

Vivek Vaidyanathan


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March, 2022

Urban Governance Collective Possibility Circle

The first U-CAN meeting aimed to discover common grounds for creating an urban collective, articulating the purpose and gaining clarity on the next steps.

March, 2022

Urban Governance Collective: 2nd Possibility Circle

The 2nd U-CAN possibility circle focused on aligning the working definitions of U-CAN, identifying preferred areas of engagement and agreeing on the next steps such as the frequency of subsequent meetings.

May, 2022

Urban Governance Collective: 3rd Possibility Circle

The 3rd U-CAN possibility circle discussed the principles, the ways of working and the goals of U- CAN.

October, 2022

Urban Governance Collective: Meeting Zero

The meeting discussed the emerging charter, goal action plan, and governance plan.

December, 2022

U-CAN Charter

The charter outlines U-CAN’s purpose, principles, goals, themes, and approach. The U-CAN is exploring the possibility of creating a community of diverse but complementary institutional experts across industry, civil society, academia, and government; to build a harmonious and focused ecosystem that can drive collective thought and action at scale.

February, 2024

Peer Learning Session by SEBI ED Pramod Rao on Municipal Bond Market in India

The Peer Learning began with an interactive session by Mr Pramod Rao, ED SEBI about the current status of the municipal bond market in India, regulatory interventions and initiatives by SEBI to expand the size of the market and related challenges and opportunities.

February, 2024

Webinar 1: Digital Citizen Engagement: Opportunities and Challenges in Urban Governance

The policy webinar delved into the opportunities and challenges of digital citizen engagement to harness its full potential towards an inclusive, secure, and effective digital participatory environment.

March, 2024

Webinar 2: Beyond Town Halls: Exploring New Avenues for Citizen Engagement in Urban Governance

The webinar attempted to unfold emerging models of citizen engagement, moving beyond traditional town hall meetings and exploring innovative approaches, including co-creation, artistic engagement and other engaging forms of public consultations in the context of urban local governance.

May, 2024

In-person Steering Committee Meeting

The U-CAN members convened for a steering committee meeting at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi to realign the purpose and goals of the collective, working modalities and collaborative approaches.

Through the course of the meeting, the group discussed the following considerations for the collective:

– Collective reflection on the origin story of U-CAN
– Presentation of the proposed purpose of U-CAN by the CEO and member inputs
– Presentation of the fellowship proposal for inputs
– Session detailing the goals envisioned for the collective including the dynamics of working groups, credibility building in the urban ecosystem and  potential projects and programs the group can undertake and their intended impact

May, 2024

U-CAN Conversation with External Stakeholders /U-CAN Soft Launch

This U-CAN Conversation with External Stakeholders marked the attendance of 20+ esteemed guests from the ecosystem of donors, multi-laterals, think tanks and philanthropic foundations with urban expertise.

The session was structured with the following components, each with a unique purpose:

Interactive introductory Q&A: Introduction of the Collective and its members through an interactive Q&A round with the audience and to invite their questions pertaining to the vision and working of the collective.
Group activity: Members and external stakeholders were engaged in a group exercise. They were divided into four groups and each group was presented with a unique problem statement spanning from local to national level urban issues which they were expected to resolve and thereby showcase the collective value of problem-solving.

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