CDSA is a pioneering institution in contextual, convergent urban, rural and regional sustainable development planning registered as non-profit Trust and Society under the relevant Acts of 1860 and 1950 respectively in India.
CDSA conducts research on development problems and processes, teaches and trains participants about them and helps governments and other, its agencies and other public bodies by training their personnel and consulting them about public policy and decision making.


School of Development Planning

The school of development planning (SDP) of CDSA addresses this very need by creating a cadre of professionals who have the skills, knowledge and sensitivities in the area of planned change at the micro/local level, while not losing sight of pluralism in planning.

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Executive Training Centre and Hostel

The Executive Training Centre and Hostel (ETCH) is located at the CDSA campus in Pune. The purpose of the ETCH is to provide training facilities in a rustic environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is the perfect location for off-site meetings and training.

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Institute for Sustainable Development

The Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) was created by merging Institute for Rural Development (IRD), Institute for Habitat and Environment (IHE) and Institute for Community Development (ICD). It conducts commissioned and sponsored projects including research and action research in areas of urban and rural development.

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Barbara Ward Library and Documentation Centre

The Barbara Ward Library and Documentation Centre (BWLDC) was established at CDSA in memory of the Late Barbara Ward who left an indelible mark in the field of development and environment, which had a great impact on the relationship between the so-called developing world and the developed countries. Currently, the BWLDC houses a collection of over 16,000 books and documents and subscribes to more than 100 journals and newsletters in subjects related to development issues, policies, plans and case studies, along with newspapers and magazines.

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Get in touch

Centre for Development Studies and Activities
CDSA Campus,
Survey No. 49/4, 58/1 & 58/3,
Bawdhan KhurdPaud road, Pune – 411021

Tel: +91 9158 354 388