Awards and accomplishments earned over the years
International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Award
Our IPaidABribe program was recognized as an innovative online platform for reporting corruption and was conferred the award in the ‘Anti-Corruption Innovation’ category.
The ACE award is established by the Doha-based Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre (ROLACC) in support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
India Today Safaigiri Award
Our Swachhata app, developed for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, was judged as the ‘Best Sanitation App’ at the India Today Safaigiri Awards 2017.
Citi Tech for Integrity (T4I) Challenge Audience Choice Award
IPaidABribe (IPAB) won the Audience Choice Award for its citizen-driven reporting platform for keeping tabs on bribery. An initiative led by Citi, the Tech for Integrity Challenge (T4I) recognises technology innovators that develop solutions in the areas of financial transactions, cyber security, and red tape.
41 Gems of Digital India
The Swachhata web and mobile apps developed were declared one of the 41 Gems of Digital India by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, GoI, Digital India, Gems of India, Sify and Maximum Governance. These 41 initiatives are the creme de la creme of India’s eGovernance initiatives. Each one of these innovatively uses technology to solve problems of governance and bring the government closer to the citizens.
Social Media for Empowerment Award
MyCityMyBudget received the Social Media for Empowerment Award 2017, in the category ‘Crowdsourcing’ by the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF).
The Manthan Award for South Asia
IChangeMyCity received the Manthan Award for South Asia 2015 in the category ‘e-Governance – Online Platforms Empowering Citizens Through Technology’. The Manthan Award for South Asia is the first of its kind to discover, recognise, and honour the best use of ICT and digital tools for social change and development.
Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF) Asia Award
IChangeMyCity received the ISIF Asia Award 2015 in the category ‘Rights and Community Choice’. We also received a travel grant for a representative to join the Internet Governance Forum in João Pessoa, Brazil.
The Information Society Innovation Fund Asia Fund recognises projects that optimise technical knowledge and innovation around internet technologies.
I Am The Change Award
Our short film, The Common Man, received the ‘I Am The Change’ Award in 2015 by Yes Foundation. Launched in 2013, YES! I Am The Change is a nationwide mindset transformation program to inculcate the value of responsible citizenship amongst youth through the impactful medium of films.
National Civil Society Organisation Award
Our Pure Urban Electoral Programme (PURE) was awarded the National Civil Society Organisation Award 2014 by the Election Commission of India (ECI). This award is presented by ECI every year to organisations working in the area of voting in India.
Skoch Challenger Award
Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan, co-founders of Janaagraha, received the Skoch Challenger Awards 2014 for three milestones: involvement in JnNURM, ASICS, and voter registrations. The Skoch Challenger Awards acknowledge exceptional efforts made by and through individuals, projects, organisations, and institutions in improving governance in India.
National Democratic Institute (NDI) Award
Swati Ramanathan received the NDI Award 2013 for Janaagraha’s efforts to promote citizen participation through technology. In celebration of its 30 years of strengthening democracy around the world, NDI honoured a group of 21 civic innovators at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The group consisted of individuals from across the world who are at the forefront of efforts to use technology to expand opportunities for citizen participation and to make governments more transparent and accountable.
Google Global Impact Award
IChangeMyCity received the Google Global Impact Award 2013. The Award acknowledges initiatives that scale impact through technology and recognises entrepreneurial teams who ‘think on a global scale and have a healthy disregard for the impossible.’
The Manthan Award
IPaidABribe received the Manthan Award 2011 in the category ‘e-news and Media’ by the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF).
Pride of Karnataka Award
Swati and Ramesh Ramanathan received the Pride of Karnataka Award 2010 for Societal Development by Round Table India. The Award recognises and honours achievers whose contributions are of crucial significance to the State.
Janaagraha received the Giants Award 2004 by Giants Group of Garden City to recognise achievements and contributions in building participatory democracy through initiatives.