My last three blogs have been a critique of a recent study undertaken in India, which attempted to measure both the perceptions and incidence of corruption in India. As explained, the greater attention paid to perception of corruption rather than incidence, and the lack of enough samples to come to any definitive conclusions on the … Continue reading "Crafting a Meaningful Measure for Corruption: Some Suggestions"
Ever wondered how government initiatives such as the Swachh Bharat Mission are implemented at the village and district levels? Accountability Initiative’s PAISA Survey tracks the plans, budgets, fund flows, and decision making systems of these schemes. As a senior official in the Elementary Education Department of Purnia district, Bihar, puts it: ‘The flow of funds … Continue reading "Empowering Grassroots Governance Institutions"
Recently, the newspapers extensively covered the survey undertaken by the Centre for Media Studies, New Delhi on the prevalence of corruption in India. The Study, titled Perception and Experience with Public Services (Corruption Study 2017), will set the news media and political parties abuzz. They will be licking their chops at the prospect to taking … Continue reading "The Corruption Survey – a Critical Analysis"
The Corruption Study 2017 has covered both the perceptions of corruption that citizens have and the incidence of corruption that they face. Simply put, a study on perception – whether of corruption or anything else – is essentially an opinion poll. The base survey question is, ‘Do you think if corruption exists or whether it … Continue reading "Perceptions and Incidence of Corruption – a Critical Analysis"
This is the second part of an eight-part series on the challenges and life hacks in experiencing and accessing government benefits and services. The problem of acute shortage of clean drinking water is old for the streets of Gola Kuan, Okhla Industrial Area. Supriya (name changed) who works as an Asha (Anganwadi) worker in the … Continue reading "Water Problems in a South Delhi Slum – Challenges of Access, Usage and Awareness"