CDSA is a pioneering institution in the field of contextual, convergent urban, rural and regional sustainable development planning. Registered as a not-for-profit trust and Society under the relevant Acts of 1860 and 1950 respectively in India.
CDSA conducts research on development problems and processes. CDSA teaches and trains stakeholders in solving sustainability and resilience issues and helps governments and other multilateral organizations, their agencies and other public bodies by training their personnel and advising them on issues of public policy and decision making for sustainable and resilient development.

CDSA is a Partner of the World Urban Campaign, an advocacy and partnership platform coordinated by UN-Habitat. The opinions expressed by the partners of the World Urban Campaign do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of UN-Habitat. The designations employed in this publication and the presentation of material therein do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UN-Habitat concerning the legal status of any country, area or territory or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


School of Development Planning

The school of development planning (SDP) at CDSA addresses the deficit in development professionals required to ensure the progress of any region or settlement 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.

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, training programmes and workshops.

Institute for Sustainable Development

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

Barbara Ward Library and Documentation Centre

The Barbara Ward Library and Documentation Centre (BWLDC) was established by 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.

To know about BWLDC, please click here.

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

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