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 June 2017, IPAB has partnered with 30 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 15 million visits, recorded over 1,40,000 bribe reports amounting to over Rs 2800 crores from more than 1000 cities and towns in India. It has also been scaled to 30 countries, with 3 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.
Head - Civic Participation
Srinivas Alavilli heads the Civic Participation team in Janaagraha that is responsible for various programs and projects that strive to increase citizen participation in local governance. He is also responsible for delivering the pioneering CivicTech platform called IChangeMyCity currently being used by lakhs of citizens and officials across thousands of cities in India.
Srinivas conceptualized #CityPolitics a unique forum that brings politicians, citizens, civil society organizations together to discuss, debate issues related to participatory urban governance. Srinivas strongly believes that when we build trust between politicians and citizens, we can transform governance.
Srinivas joined Janaagraha in July 2020 after a 23 year stint in the software industry Sun Microsystems and Oracle (California, USA and Bengaluru). In 2016, Srinu co-founded Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) a grassroots citizen movement that spearheaded several high decibel public campaigns (#SteelFlyoverBeda #ChukuBukuBeku #BusBhagyaBeku) promoting public transport and played an instrumental role in making ward committees functional after many years of being stuck on paper.
Srinivas was one of the co-founders of Corruption Saaku! An anti corruption movement in Bengaluru that later became part of India Against Corruption. Srinivas was also associated with Lok Satta Party as their communications lead and worked on several elections as campaign manager.
Sumit Arora -
Head Civic Tech Platforms
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.
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).
GIS Web Developer - Team Lead
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.
Associate Digital Marketing Manager - Jana Roots
Mahalakshmi comes to Janaagraha with Masters in Computer Application and a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumentation and Certification in Technical Writing. Prior to joining us she worked as a Research Associate at Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) for a couple of years. She has also undertaken freelancing assignments where she created promotional documents and designed posters.
Mahalakshmi enjoys spending her time in teaching Communicative English and Basic Computers for various age groups.
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.
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 - Technology
Vimarsha is a fresher with an engineering degree in Industrial Production. She started her stint as an intern with Janaagraha to understand the development sector and further understand the value she can bring in. Having appreciated the work we do she is committed to our work as a regular staff.
She is an athlete who has represented Hassan District, where she hails from, at state level Table Tennis & Throw Ball tournaments.
She is an ardent nature explorer who loves to take road trips in leisure.