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Transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns

We work with Citizens and Governments to improve quality of Citizenship and quality of Infrastructure & Services

Civic Participation

Municipal Finance

Policy and
Insights

Our cities are
struggling

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As engines of economic prosperity, cities attract a steady flow of migrants. They symbolise hope, freedom, and a more secure tomorrow.

However, the growth of cities has outpaced our ability to govern them.

Unplanned urban development and ineffectual systems have created unwelcoming places of friction and chaos.

Housing, power, water, sanitation, healthcare, transportation, the environment… the list of challenges facing our cities is formidable.

Our cities are
struggling

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As engines of economic prosperity, cities attract a steady flow of migrants. They symbolise hope, freedom, and a more secure tomorrow.

However, the growth of cities has outpaced our ability to govern them.

Unplanned urban development and ineffectual systems have created unwelcoming places of friction and chaos.

Housing, power, water, sanitation, healthcare, transportation, the environment… the list of challenges facing our cities is formidable.

Systemic Change for Sustainable Cities

Cities need to go beyond quick fixes to address the root causes of urban challenges. Efforts to improve infrastructure and services in cities are supported by efforts to improve the systems that deliver them. This includes laws, policies, institutions, processes, capacities, and frameworks.

We call this City-Systems Thinking

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Better cities for a better India

Our work builds trust and engagement between citizens and governments. It helps them discover and implement ways of working together to build inclusive and vibrant neighbourhoods and cities.

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Better cities for a better India

Our work builds trust and engagement between citizens and governments. It helps them discover and implement ways of working together to build inclusive and vibrant neighbourhoods and cities.

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Civic Participation

Making it easier for citizens to actively engage and participate in the governance of their neighbourhoods and cities.

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Improving financial sustainability and accountability of cities.

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Policy and Insights

Reforming city-systems and strengthening state capacities.

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Civic Participation

Making it easier for citizens to actively engage and participate in the governance of their neighbourhoods and cities.

Municipal Finance

Improving financial sustainability and accountability of cities.

Policy and Insights

Reforming city-systems and strengthening state capacities.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT US

“Having worked with hundreds of cities around the world I have never seen an organisation as effective and speedy as Janaagraha in analysing the challenges of their city’s growth, developing solutions, mobilising the local citizenry and supporting local action. The Janaagraha model combines the roles of a think-tank, a capacity-building organisation and a grassroot movement, which in most cities are split into separate organisations that struggle to coordinate efforts. Janaagraha generates fresh, pragmatic solutions through a truly inter-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach, and it promotes its solutions boldly with a spirit of entrepreneurship and unjaded conviction. It puts the power of fresh, objective, practical thinking in the hands of citizens.” 

Jeb Brugmann, Founding Partner 
The Next Practice 

JANA IN NUMBERS

JANA IN NUMBERS

Platforms for participation catalysed for 1.6 million citizens in 2,900 urban poor settlements in Odisha

INR 120 crores allocated by Bengaluru through MyCityMyBudget in FY 2020-21

For the years
2015-16 to 2020-21,
8,400+ financial statements of cities have been uploaded on www.cityfinance.in

My City

My Responsibility

A Handbook for Active Citizenship

A ready reckoner that is designed to help individuals become active citizens, regardless of their experience or expertise.

My City

My Responsibility

A Handbook for Active Citizenship

A ready reckoner that is designed to help individuals become active citizens, regardless of their experience or expertise.

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Collaborative Action for Collective Good

Access Resources

Facilitate change at the neighbourhood level.

Partner

Channel efforts and resources towards shared goals.

Join

Become a part of the Janaagraha movement.