Over the past decade or so, there have been islands of e-Governance initiatives in the country at the national, state, district and even block level. Some of them have been highly successful and are ready for replication across other states. Experiences from successes as well as the failures of the various initiatives play an important … Continue reading "Harnessing IT for good governance"
US Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis famously said “sunshine is the best disinfectant”. Right to Information laws or “sunshine” laws, by opening up government decision-making to public scrutiny, bring a much needed dose of sunshine to the otherwise opaque dealings of governments. The last decade has seen an explosion of information laws around the world … Continue reading "Right to Information: File Notings In, Amendments Out!"
As an intern at the Accountability Initiative one of my assignments was mapping, with the help of GPS technology, the public services at the six villages that were being covered under the PAISA project. These villages are located in the Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, approximately 60 kms from Bhopal, the state capital, and have … Continue reading "Observations from the field: Sehore, Madhya Pradesh"
Yamini Aiyar and Anit Mukherjee Elementary education policy in India is, as economist Lant Pritchett characterizes it, in a ‘Big Stuck’. Stuck because despite money being poured in to the system – funding for elementary education has had a five-fold increase since the launch of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) in 2001 – outcomes remain … Continue reading "Money for Nothing"
Government budgets determine social sector priorities. At Accountability Initiative, we understand the importance of tracking public expenditure till the last mile of public service delivery. For this purpose, we publish the Budget Briefs series every year which provides timely trend analyses on budgetary promises by the Government of India and allocations to major centrally sponsored … Continue reading "Government Budget"