Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy is a non-profit organisation based in Bangalore, India. It works with citizens and the government to improve the quality of life in Indian cities and towns. Founded in 2001 by Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan, Janaagraha started as a movement to enable citizen participation in public governance. It has now evolved into a robust institution for Citizenship and Democracy.To know more about Janaagraha click here. To know more about funding of Janaagraha and Ipaidabribe.com click here
The term ‘quality of life’ as defined by Janaagraha has two distinct and inter-related aspects. The first is ‘quality of urban infrastructure and services’ – the quality of urban of amenities, i.e., roads, drains, traffic, transport, water supply etc. The second aspect is the ‘quality of citizenship’ – the role that urban residents play by participating in civic issues. Janaagraha’s guiding principle to define quality of life and bring about changes in public governance is a comprehensive framework called REED. It is an acronym for four defining aspects of urban governance–
•Regional perspective to urban issues
•Empowered citizens and local governments
•Enabled citizens and local governments
•Direct accountability of the government to the people
Each of Janaagraha’s initiatives aligns with the REED framework, on some or all of its aspects. Striving to make government departments transparent and accountable, the ipaidabribe programme strongly identifies with the ‘Direct accountability’ element of REED.
About I Paid a Bribe
ipaidabribe.com is Janaagraha’s unique initiative to tackle corruption by harnessing the collective energy of citizens. You can report on the nature, number, pattern, types, location, frequency and values of actual corrupt acts on this website. Your reports will, perhaps for the first time, provide a snapshot of bribes occurring across your city. We will use them to argue for improving governance systems and procedures, tightening law enforcement and regulation and thereby reduce the scope for corruption in obtaining services from the government.
We invite you to register any recent or old bribes you have paid. Please tell us if you resisted a demand for a bribe, or did not have to pay a bribe, because of a new procedure or an honest official who helped you. We do not ask for your name or phone details, so feel free to report on the formats provided.