The Republic of India is the seventh largest country in the world and is the second most populous country, with over 1.2 billion residents. India is one of the fastest growing countries in the world, however, it faces multiple developmental challenges including poverty, inadequate education facilities, limited health care, wide infrastructure gaps, gender related problems, and other issues. The infrastructure in India is unable to keep pace with rapid urbanization and population growth.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the World Bank have collaborated extensively to work on multiple development issues in India, particularly in the water and sanitation, transport and energy, and gender inequality in the context of societal change and economic growth.

PFSA is supporting reforms in the water and sanitation sector, provision of services in rural regions of less developed Indian states, and 24x7 water supply in urban areas with a focus on issues of gender. PFSA is also supporting access to power in the less developed North East region of India.


Grant Title Project Status Programs Funded Objective
India - Support to National Rurban Mission Active Infrastructure For Growth Technical support is provided at national and state levels for the implementation of an Indian flagship initiative in the rural-urban space entitled the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission. A key idea behind this Rurban development model is to enable growth in rural areas through provision of civic infrastructure and associated services, and the delivery of integrated project-based infrastructure in the rural areas, which will also include development of economic activities and skill development.
India - Railways of India Development Fund Active Infrastructure For Growth Analysis and a structure of a sustainable mechanism for financing railway infrastructure investments in India is provided under this activity. This mechanism, the Railways of India Modernization Fund, shall attract private sector financing to supplement the budget financing available from the Government of India that is making significant investments in all the transport infrastructure subsectors.
India - Technical Assistance on Modern Urban Bus Services in India Active Infrastructure For Growth Technical assistance is provided to help bring best practices, access to international expertise and knowledge to the urban bus sector and support select cities in India with design and implementation of a modern bus service. This promotes public transport by looking at multiple aspects: operational, financial, regulatory, and fiscal. It involves a capacity building component for urban bus sector and modernization initiatives in four demonstration cities.
India: International Experiences with Urban Rail Funding, Institutional Frameworks, and Private Sector Participation Active Infrastructure For Growth This activity provides India and other countries with a set of international examples and recommendations the institutional, planning, regulatory, and policy environments that influence metro rail operators. The government of India has intentions to support comprehensive mobility plans focusing on public rapid transit systems, particularly metros, in 500 cities.
India - Uttar Pradesh Solid Waste Management Project Active Infrastructure For Growth This activity supports public private partnership models to improve solid waste management in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The objective can be achieved through the introduction of solid waste management practices that include: waste separation at source; door-to-door waste collection; recycling, recovery and reuse of resources; composting biodegradable waste, and disposal of inert waste in sanitary landfills.
India - Eastern Corridor Intermodal Transportation and Logistics Active Infrastructure For Growth This activity, predominantly analytical and diagnostic in nature, focuses on gaining insight needed to support decisions and investments related to integrating the transport modes along the Eastern Corridor. The Eastern Corridor is an important transport network that traverses some of the states with the highest concentration of poverty in India (including: Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand).
South Asia - India Female Labor Force Participation Closed South Asia Gender initiative
India - Gender Analysis of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Closed South Asia Gender initiative To identify and analyze key gender issues and priorities for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector in India, with a focus on selected MSME clusters as the subject of qualitative research in the field.