A website to tackle corruption by tapping into the collective energy of citizens


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Karnataka, INDIA
IN India
Web http://ipaidabribe.com/

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About the project Edit

IPaidABribe.com is a website initiative taken by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, to tackle corruption by tapping into the collective energy of citizens, almost every one of whom is a victim , perpetrator or beneficiary or a combination of these. The website primarily operates with a citizen driven mechanism, for tracking bribe payment activity and also instances of when people resisted bribe payments or did not have to pay bribes because of good government systems or good people within the government systems. Citizens reports on the nature, number, pattern, types, locations and frequency of actual corrupt acts and values of bribes will add up to a valuable knowledge bank that will contribute to a reduction in bribe payments. The website also looks at educating people about government processes.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The initiative which uses the website as a platform with citizen feedback mechanism to fight corruption makes it very unique.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

From corruption news, advice column and a forum to discuss various corruption-related topics; this initiative is a platform for anyone and everyone who has faced corruption wants to know about it and who wants to fight it.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Winner 2011, E News and Media, Manthan Award 2011, Digital Inclusion for Development , South Asia
The Jury noted that by providing a place for citizens to report, ipaidabribe.com aims to heighten citizen awareness about the nature and spread of bribe-related exchanges and consequently promotes a purposeful public debate that pressurises public officials to reduce and eventually eliminate corruption. Jury noted that the Website has created a significant size of knowledgebase of close to 16000 bribe reports and has been visited by more than 7.5 Lakh users. It was further noted that that the website presents topical information of the day on corruption, also uploads informative and entertaining videos explaining complex issues and analysis of current issues. The Jury felt that by successfully creating the website and enhancing it over a period of time, the producer has served the community in a big way and also filled a gap in the citizen charter for a very complex and contemporary social issue.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

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.

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It is a non-profit organisation.

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