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Dinesh Mehta
CEPT University
Dinesh Mehta is a Professor Emeritus at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, where he teaches urban management, urban finance and development planning. He was the Director of School of Planning, CEPT, Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India, head of urban management programme at UN-HABITAT, Nairobi. Dr. Mehta has a Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering, from IIT Madras, India.

Articles By Dinesh Mehta
14th Finance Commission: A trust-based approach towards local governments
Posted On: 27 Apr 2015

The 14th Finance Commission has been hailed as ‘path-breaking’ for recommending larger fund allocations to state governments and giving them more autonomy in spending these funds. In this article, Meera Mehta and Dinesh Mehta highlight that the Commission has also recognised the need to trust and respect local government bodies, and has allocated much larger funds to them. Will this approach work and will state governments cooperate?
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Financing sanitation
Posted On: 11 Nov 2014

Topics:   Health

The Government of India has set a rather ambitious goal of eliminating open defecation by 2019. For urban areas, this implies providing toilets to about 22 million households. This column contends that it is possible to achieve this goal if the limited public funds are leveraged to facilitate innovative financing mechanisms, through a demand-led scheme for toilets.
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Open defecation in cities: A faltering India story
Posted On: 23 Apr 2014

Topics:   Health , Urbanisation

Despite significant public investment in urban sanitation, over 37 million people in Indian cities resort to open defecation. This column examines the existing information on open defecation in urban India, and finds that the most important determinant is access to on-premise toilets. Local government leadership, targeted and smart subsidies, stakeholder collaboration and innovative financing options can help increase such access and accelerate elimination of the problem.
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