Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy is a non-profit organisation based in Bangalore, India. We aim to improve quality of life in urban India, through systemic change. Janaagraha sees ‘quality of life’ as comprising two distinct, but inter-related aspects – ‘quality of urban infrastructure and services’ (the quality of urban amenities such as roads, drains, traffic, transport, water supply etc.) and ‘quality of citizenship’ (the role that urban citizens play by participating in their local communities). We work with both citizens and government to catalyse civic participation from the grassroots up, as well as governance reforms from the top down.
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.