About I Paid A Bribe
I Paid a Bribe (IPAB) is an online initiative started by Janaagraha that focuses on Retail Corruption. It is the largest online crowd-sourced anti-corruption platform in the world today. IPAB uses a crowd-sourcing model to collect bribe reports, and to build a repository of corruption-related data across government departments. Most importantly, it empowers citizens, governments, and advocacy organizations to tackle retail corruption both within India and increasingly throughout the world.
As of July 2015, IPAB has partnered with 25 other countries to create replica IPAB sites and begin an international Crowdsourcing Against Corruption Coalition.
IPAB works to:
- To understand retail corruption by capturing data through crowd-sourcing
- To analyse the geography and institutional breeding grounds for corruption.
- To expose retail corruption. When people report, their experiences increase the perception of risk and decrease corrupt behavior
- To create a network of support – where people use the platform to share individual experiences – to understand the extent of corruption, how to avoid paying a bribe, what documents are needed, what is the process, and so on.
And finally, to use the data to analyze trends, decipher work flows and advocate for changes of business processes within departments, to gradually eliminate opportunities for retail corruption altogether.
Since its launch on 15 August 2010, I Paid A Bribe (IPAB) has received around 10 million visits, recorded over 47,000 bribe reports amounting to over Rs 280 crores from more than 600 cities and towns in India. It has also been scaled to 25 countries, with 12 more in the process of launching their own IPAB sites. Over time as more and more individuals began using IPAB to document corruption and connect with other citizens facing similar issues, IPAB has received critical acclaim and recognition from institutions such as the New York Times, the BBC, The Hindu, the Economic Times, India Today, and Google. Today IPAB has transformed into a globally-recognized innovation in the fight against ‘retail’ corruption.
Coordinator - JanaOnline
Sylvia has over 23 years of work experience in organisations like Mindtree and Wipro, playing roles such as a developer, project manager, head of the testing practice and process evangelist. Sylvia is also a member of the ISO/IEC JTC7 Working Group 26 software Testing. As part of this, she is a co-editor of the new ISO/IEC 29119 Software Testing standard.
Prior to joining Janaagraha, Sylvia was Vice President Testing Practice at Mindtree where she played the role of a Process Evangelist and headed the Delivery Enablement for the Testing Business Unit.
It has been a long time dream of Sylvia’s to contribute back to the society in some way, and she hopes to achieve this through Janaagraha. She is an avid reader, apart from which she dabbles with paint in her free time.
Content Head – Janaonline
Venkatesh Kannaiah is a senior editor and Knight International Journalism Fellow with wide-ranging experience working at news agencies, print outlets and online publications. He started his career at United News of India (UNI), India’s leading news agency, and moved to financial publications including The Financial Express and The Business and Political Observer. For nearly a decade, he worked with Sify.com, India’s leading news Web site, where he led content teams to connect with Indian Internet users. After a stint with AOL, he was a Knight Journalism Fellow in India mentoring and training journalists on the theme of Right To Information and e-governance. He also managed the news team at MSN India website before joining Janaagraha.
Digital Marketing Manager
Vivek has joined us as Digital Marketing Manager. Having done his MBA from PES College, Vivek started his career with ICICI securities as a Management Trainee & later on moved to Intrepid Online Retail Pvt. Ltd as Marketing Executive where he grew to become the Marketing Manager.
He loves gaming and is a religious follower of English Premier League, Liverpool FC being his favorite team
Shubhendu Singh has joined Janaagraha as Manager- Product in the ICMYC team. He has completed a Bachelors in Technology from NIT, Surat. He has 6 years’ experience as Technical sales, System Application Engineer, Product Owner and as a CEO of the Service Design company at Bangalore by the name of Foofys Solutions.
He loves travelling, music and adventures.
Team Lead – Technology
lChampa Revanna has joined us as Team Lead – Technology. She comes with 9 years of work experience in Web technologies. She has worked in Design, Development and analysis of various web applications spanning a wide variety of domains like Web Portals, Telecom and E-Commerce. She enjoys listening to music and reading books.
Front End Developer
Sukumar joins us with a Masters in Computer Applications. He has got overall experience has previously worked with organisations like EF Information Systems and Formax Information Systems.
He loves reading stories and watching movies in his spare time.
Front End Developer
Vijil have 2 years of experience in User Interface developing. He completed MSc in Computer Science from The University of Kerala (Kannur).
Nageswara Rao works as Technology Associate. He has a Masters in Computer Application and has 2 years of experience in website and application development.
He is also passionate about travelling and cooking.
GIS Web Developer - JanaOnline
Haji Sheriff has joined us as a GIS Web Developer in the JanaOnline Cluster. He has earlier worked with Jala Samvardhane Yojana Sangha (JSYS )which is a registered society establishment by Government of Karnataka as a GIS specialist. He later went on to working with Trinity Mobility Pvt. Ltd as GIS Developer.
He has done M.Tech in Geo-Informatics from Karnataka State Remote Sensing Application Center (KSRSAC) University in Belgaum.
Senior Associate – Digital Marketing
Vinay Samtani has joined us as Senior Associate – Digital Marketing. A Bangalorean by birth and heart, he graduated from Christ University in Commerce.
With keen interest in creative work he joined Ogilvy, one of the globally renowned advertising firms of our times. His last stint with Ogilvy has given him a memorable learning curve which he intends to use with us.
Apart from being a big foodie, he is also a big sports addict and follows cricket and football fervently.
Associate Community Outreach
Chitra Devaraj has joined us as Associate Community Outreach. She is graduated from Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and has worked with D E Shaw and Google (Hyderabad) as a recruiter. Over the past 2 and half years, she has learnt some of the best practices in recruitment, training, collaborating with multiple verticals and being a team player.
Being passionate about working towards building a better society, she was almost immediately inspired by Janaagraha’s vision and work culture.
She believes in being optimistic, to learn from every experience in life and value relationships. Travelling, good music, food and movies are some of her favourite things.
UI Designer - JanaOnline
Hanz. K.A joins Janaagraha as UI Designer in the Jana Online Team. He has completed Bachelors in Computer Science from Christ College, Kerala. His career in designing began with Arena Multimedia, Bangalore. After that he worked as a web/graphic designer in Thoughtgrid Interactive Solutions, and later with Cenveo Solutions, Kerala.
Other than designing, Hanz enjoys music, travelling and photography.
Syamasundara Rao Chettu
Associate - Technology
Syamasundara Rao Chettu joins us as Associate- Technology in the Jana Online Team. He has a Master of Computer Applications from JNTU. He has expertise in PHP,MySql, perl scripting and Zend frame work. His hobbies are cooking, playing cricket and listening music.
Marketing Associate - Janaonline
Vishwajith H.R has joined us as Associate-Marketing in the Jana Online team. He has graduated with a B.Sc. and completed MBA, Marketing from VTU University.
His hobbies are photography, cycling & travelling.
Associate - Technology
Jeevanantham has joined us as Associate Technology in the Jana Online team. He worked 4.3 years in the Ecommerce and CMS platform. He has completed B.E – CSE from Anna University, Coimbatore.
His hobbies are swimming and doing research.
Associate - Technology
Bikash Ranjan Prusty has joined us as Associate-Technology for online team in Janaagraha. Having over 4 years of working experience as PHP Developer in various domains like ecommerce, health, infrastructure and other web application. Also hands on knowledge on designing and UI application. He has completed B. Tech from Konark Institute of Science & Technology under Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), Rourkela, Odisha in Electronics & Telecommunication
His hobbies are playing cricket, watching movies, fond of vegetarian food.
Lead - Technology
Pattabi Raman joins us as Android Application Developer in the Jana Online team. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science. Prior to joining us, he worked in the android application field that deals with web server interaction as well as offline apps that interact with Android OS native applications pre-installed in Mobile and Tablet devices.
He too loves reading books and watching movies.
Sudhakar Varma joins us as IOS Developer in the ICMYC Team. He is a B. Pharm graduate from Kakatiya University and started his career as an IOS developer with Transys info solutions.
During free time, he likes to read books, magazines, watch movies, listen to music.
Associate - Android Developer
Srimadhu Sakthiganesh joins us as Associate – Android Developer. He comes with almost two years of experience in Android Development, Design, Coding & Deployment.
He is a B.Tech grad (Information Technology) from Anna University (Chennai).
He has a keen interest in innovating and developing applications. He has developed around 10 projects in Android Platform and his applications are on Google Play store.
Dheeman Ghosh joins us as Senior Associate in the IPAB team. He comes with five and a half years of experience in both corporate and non-profit sector. He has earned a Masters degree in Public Systems Management from IISWBM, Kolkata.
His expertise lies in corporate social responsibility, sustainability, project planning and event management.
He has keen interest in online content creation and communication in the Development sector and in Public Relations.
Dheeman can be found driving anything on four wheels in his free time, search for the newest Graphic Novels, and is always up for a live music gig in the city!
Sr. Product Manager
Sumit Arora joins us as Sr. Product Manager (ichangemycity.com). He comes from a diverse background; Electronics, IT, Research and related fields with over 10 years of experience. Before joining Janaagraha he co-founded an IT Services company where he built various web and mobile applications for a diverse range of clients.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Technology, Electronics and Instrumentation control engineering from YMCA Institute of Engineering.
He loves to meditate and also gives free meditation training sessions to individuals, groups and organisations through a system of meditation called Heartfulness Meditation (heartfulness.org). He also likes to travel and is an amateur photographer.
Akash M. Puri
Associate - Community Outreach
Akash M. Puri is an engineering graduate in Information Technology and Masters in Urban Policy and Governance from TISS.
He was working with Maharashtra State Government in Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission as a Young Professional and worked towards financial inclusion of poor people in rural areas and to bring them into the mainstream banking and financial services. He joins Janaagraha as an Associate - Community Outreach at Mumbai.
He likes to travel, listen to music and swimming in his free time
Associate - Civic Analytics
Paras Tyagi has joined us in the ICMYC team. A Public Policy Graduate from National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bengaluru, he has worked with prominent government and private agencies over the last two years. His keen interest lies in addressing urban civic issues & challenges which also includes the rural-urban divide of India. He is the core member of the team that started “Centre for Youth Culture Law and Environment (CYCLE)”. CYCLE works with the government, elected representatives and the citizens for better implementation of public policies in India. Their motto is to connect the rhetoric of public policymaking to the lived realities of people.
He also loves reading books and is avid lover of traditional food.