Urban India faces many challenges. Cities have to cope up with greater numbers, plan and provide them services, mobilize resources to meet the continuously demand of infrastructure, preserve their environment as well as retain their competitive edge.
India’s urban issues with all their related challenges and opportunities demand their firm place on the national agenda and that more serious efforts are made to help cities.
The CMA movement is a step in this direction to bring urban local bodies on one platform and facilitate learning, and sharing among them and to channelise their efforts to achieve common goals and voice common concerns.
NEED FOR A CITY MANAGERS’ ASSOCIATION
- To facilitate professional development of the ‘City Managers’
- To build in-house capacity of local bodies to handle urban issues
- To facilitate sharing of successful experiences within and outside the country through documentation and dissemination of information among urban local bodies
- To raise the sensitivity of state and central govt. towards urban issues
- To address the above issues to improve urban governance
- To enhance peer to peer learning
UMC/ICMA-SA with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), National Institute for Urban Affairs, Financial Institutional Reforms Expansion Project (FIRE-D) formed the first City Managers' Associations (CMA) in India in 1997 in Gujarat (CMAG).
Looking at the necessity and success of CMAG and similar associations in other countries, UMC/ICMA-SA also facilitated the formation of CMAs in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh,
CMAs set up in these states have formed a network of over 3000 urban local bodies and aid in creation of an accessible repository of good practices, database of innovations and technical information which city managers across these states can avail.
We also helped form and operationalise the Mega Cities Association of India comprising the seven largest cities of India.