The Modi government's ambitious "100 Smart Cities" plan is making urban planning sexy in a country challenged by rapid and chaotic urbanisation. Yet there is no single, universally accepted definition of a "smart city". With massive investment expected to pour in, it is time to understand what will make India's urban centres truly smart. With one in six city dwellers living in a slum, inclusive growth is a critical principle that India cannot ignore.
Kira is a Consultant in Dalberg’s Mumbai office. She led the policy and program-based analysis of the Indian healthcare system to guide the Japanese International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) investment in healthcare, and co-authored two pioneering reports on the state of improved biomass cookstoves for the World Bank. Previously, Kira was the National Expansion Manager for Year Up. Kira holds a Masters in City Planning from M.I.T. and a B.A. from Haverford College. She was awarded MIT’s Urban Planning Public Service Excellence Award (2013), was a Legatum Fellow at MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship (2012), and was awarded the T.J Watson Fellowship (2005-2006).