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Indore Political Economy Analysis


The USAID-funded Building Healthy Cities (BHC) project aims to increase the understanding of the best routes for improving the social determinants of health in urban contexts. In its first year, BHC conducted several exploratory data collection activities in two “Smart Cities” to inform the project’s approach. The resulting data is intended to be used by city stakeholders to define barriers to implementation, unintended consequences, and key leverage points to improve urban health.

This report details the findings of one data collection initiative – the Indore Political Economy Analysis – conducted in 2018. The assessment was done in the “Smart City” of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India, where BHC is a partner with Indore Smart City Development Limited. This analysis reviews the political economy of service delivery in Indore, and examines the context within which the Smart City initiative might be leveraged to improve health outcomes across all residents, including those most vulnerable to health shocks. 

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