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Janaagraha Center for Citizenship & Democracy

Janaagraha Center for Citizenship & Democracy

Janaagraha is a non-profit organisation based in Bangalore, India. It works with citizens and the government to improve the quality of life in Indian cities and towns.

The term ‘quality of life’ as defined by Janaagraha has two distinct and inter-related aspects. The first ‘quality of urban infrastructure and services’ – the quality of urban of amenities, i.e., roads, drains,traffic ,transport, water supply,etc.The second aspect is the ‘quality of citizenship’ – the role that urban residents play by participating in civic issues.

Founded in 2001 by Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan, Janaagraha started as a movement to enable citizen participation in public governance.It has now evolved into a robust institution for Citizenship and Democracy.

Janaagraha envisions Urban India as the flywheel for India’s social, economic and political transformation.

Janaagraha’s guiding principle to define quality of life and bring about changes in public governance is a comprehensive framework called REED .

It is an acronym for four defining aspects of urban governance -

  • Regional perspective to urban issues
  • Empowered citizens and local governments
  • Enabled citizens and local governments with
  • Direct accountability of the government to the people


The insiders insight

Dec 8, 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of Janaagraha. Thousands of volunteers have marked this phenomenal 10-year journey with their time and dedication. Passionate professionals have chosen to join us at various legs of the journey bolstering our spirit. What … Continue reading
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Posted: June 18, 2012, 6:51 am
Tomorrow will be the 100th day of delay in BBMP’s Budget 2012-13. Today’s Deccan Chronicle (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/bengaluru/ashada-new-hurdle-delayed-bbmp-budget-106) carries a report that it could be over a month before Budget 2012-13 is finally presented and that it is unlikely to be realistic, … Continue reading
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Posted: June 16, 2012, 8:28 am
The Bala Janaagraha Civic Fest Finals are done for another year. Thanks to all those who came along. Check out the Facebook page for footage coming soon!
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Posted: January 23, 2012, 4:30 am
Hello all. This is just a quick post to let you all know that the Bala Janaagraha program now has its own Facebook page! We’ve introduced it to try and increase our presence online, recruit volunteers, and keep a better … Continue reading
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Posted: January 5, 2012, 4:21 am
B.E.S.T. going strong for the next 5 years As we conclude our B.E.S.T. pilot project in Shanthi Nagar, Bangalore, good news beckons us. The B.E.S.T. MoU will see extension for another 5 years! The historic outcome is a result of … Continue reading
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Posted: August 5, 2011, 6:57 am

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