January 2019

Wish you a very happy and prosperous 2019!

2018 was a spectacular year for us - from launching a first-of-its-kind network for city-systems reforms, developing Swachh Manch with MoHUA and engaging with the 15th Finance Commission on state of municipal finances. The stage is set for a lot of exciting new initiatives and partnerships in 2019!

Here's a recap of the key happenings in the urban space in 2018.

Swachh Manch Launched by MoHUA.

Swachh Manch, a successor to the Swachhata MoHUA App, was launched in August by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon. Minister MoHUA, at the launch of fourth edition of Swachh Survekshan 2019. Swachh Manch is a a web-based platform, developed by Janaagraha at no-cost to MoHUA, that allows stakeholders to create / invite / participate in Swacchta-related volunteering opportunities around their respective neighbourhoods. For more details, please click here

A Network for City-Systems Reforms Launched.

The Network, a pioneering initiative anchored by Janaagraha, is envisaged as a collaborative network of civil society organisations working towards driving systemic reforms in urban governance. Dehradun-based Gati Foundation became the first member of the network in September.

A one-day conclave on 'Urban Transformation: Reviving the City of Dehradun' was also organised in December where a report on ASICS evaluation of Dehradun was released by the Uttarakhand Minister of Urban Development (UD), Mayor of Dehradun and Additional Secretary of UD Department. Two panel discussions were conducted on citizen participation and financial sustainability of Dehradun Municipal Corporation and saw active participation by the bureaucrats, elected representatives, academicians, civil society organisations and city leaders. 

BBMP Initiates Live Webcast of its Monthly Council Meetings.

Bengaluru became the first Indian city to introduce the system of live webcast of its monthly council meetings. This marks a step towards a transparent decision-making process, informing citizens about the discussions of their elected representatives. It is a matter of extreme pride for Janaagraha as this is a direct outcome of the team's engagement with BBMP. The webcast can be accessed at BBMP Council's Youtube channel

Odisha Takes a Step Closer to Land Titling.

Odisha has begun the largest slum land titling project, in accordance with the Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act 2017. Along with the economic benefits of land titling there are social implications attached to the move. Read more about this radical move here 

We have also compiled a list of some of our published articles:
Key Publications of 2018:

We look forward to your comments and suggestions.
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