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I am delighted to share with you an exciting development at our end. Swati and Ramesh Ramanathan’s work has been published in one the leading publications on democracy, Journal of Democracy.

Over the last two years, Swati and Ramesh have spent a month each year, as visiting fellows at the Centre for Contemporary South Asia, Watson Institute for Public and International Affairs, Brown University in USA. These month long stints have allowed them to take a step back from work and synthesise some of their ideas, one of which, The Impact of Instant Universal Suffrage was published in Journal of Democracy’s July issue, as part of 8 papers compiled under a special for India’s Democracy at 70. Their work has potential implications of how to understand state capacity and nation-building in new democracies.

This issue brings to you significant updates on our work in the last month. Your thoughts are invaluable to us. Please write to me at srikanth@janaagraha.org. We will keep you posted!

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Bangalore Traffic Police’s Public Eye app developed by Janaagraha wins the People’s Choice Award at Global App Summit and Award

The Global App Summit and Awards (GASA) brought together more than 100 app developers, technologists, top executives and marketers from 16 countries. Public Eye app developed by Janaagraha that enables citizens to report traffic rule violations won the People’s Choice Award.  GASA chairman C R Venkatesh said that the Public Eye app is a major milestone in mobile apps technology. (Read the article on Deccan Herald).

We are back with Kaapi with a Cop Season 2!

Kaapi with a Cop (KWC) started last year as a series of informal conversations between a group of citizens and the top Cops. We think it really helps to bridge the gap between the citizens and police.  It is Kaapi time with Sri Praveen Sood, IPS, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner. Watch his candid conversation with us over a cup of coffee.

I Change My City to launch an exclusive app for Elected Representatives

With this, we have taken a step further in using technology to enhance transparency and accountability in urban local governance. The intent is to enable direct dialogue between citizens and local authorities. The plus point is that, with this app an ER can directly acknowledge a grievance on the application and enable faster resolutions by routing citizens to specific civic agencies/ departments.

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In these four years, Community Policing which is currently operational in 15 Police Station limits in Bengaluru, has reached 4 lakh citizens, through more than 18000 crime prevention awareness programmes with the help of 523 Area Suraksha Mitras or citizen volunteers leading to over 300 success stories. Follow the link for one of the latest success stories stating How Community Policing helped children from poorer neighbourhoods join school.

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Taking the idea of Active Citizenship to Corporate Citizens

Janaagraha has a rich history of cultivating the spirit of volunteerism. We have always had a good number of citizen volunteers coming forward to support our work by contributing their unique skills and capabilities. We are now reaching out to corporate citizens with a year- round calendar for engaging with them in the spirit of active citizenship. Here’s a snapshot of our recent engagements with employees of Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley.

A good number employees from Credit Suisse joined us to clean up an identified area (post recce) in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). The drive included clean-up and sapling plantation. We also had 41 employees from Morgan Stanley for a clean-up cum plantation drive at Devarabisanahalli Lake to restore the lost green cover around the lake.

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