Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge
The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge was launched in the first week of November 2020. It is a 3-year initiative hosted by the Smart Cities Mission, MoHUA in collaboration with the Bernard van Leer Foundation and WRI India. The Challenge enables Indian cities to adopt an early childhood lens in designing neighbourhood-level improvements that promote the health and well-being of young children and their caregivers. Through the Challenge, selected cities will receive technical assistance and capacity-building to improve public spaces, mobility, neighbourhood planning, early childhood services and data management. The first stage (November 2020 – January 2021) is an open call for applications from Government agencies in all Smart Cities, Capitals of States and UTs, and other cities with a population greater than 5 lakhs. Starting in 2021, a cohort of up to 20 cities will be selected to receive technical support over a period of 6 months to implement pilot projects in neighbourhoods. In the next phase, based on the strength of their proposal, readiness, and commitment, up to 10 winning cities will be selected by an independent jury to receive further technical support, capacity-building, and scale-up support over two years.