Inclusive Urban Development in Bihar: An Explanatory Study

Sponsored by ICSSR, this project explored the overall pattern of urbanisation and rural–urban linkages in Bihar using both primary and secondary data. The project fed into a longitudinal study being conducted by IHD in rural Bihar, the long term objective of which is to inform improved socio-economic development in Bihar. The project also addressed lack of primary level scholarship on the rural-urban dynamics and urban centres by engaging in both qualitative and quantitative enquiries in two medium sized towns – Madhubani and Bihar Sharif. The outcome is expected to contribute to a better understanding of the reasons for slow urbanization in Bihar and the implications for the overall pace and pattern of development and poverty reduction. This in turn will help planners to design an effective urban development strategy and to map out future priorities and possibilities for research into urban development in the state.

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