Janaagraha has adopted the Learning Organization framework to create a seamless integrated system that brings together our virtues of shared vision, systemic thinking and team learning as core behavioural attributes for the organization. This will reflect through a slew of projects that would accelerate the embedding of these attributes into the thinking and work culture. We are glad that much of this work is underway and is setting us up well to leap into the coming year with greater clarity and purpose.

Each of our programs is seeing growth in small and big ways. Some are patiently chipping away at reintroducing new ways of thinking and working in government while others are leveraging opportunities in the ecosystem to drive greater impact. Across the three clusters of Civic Learning, Civic Participation and Advocacy there are key milestones that will be the drivers for greater impact in the coming year.

Bala Janaagraha will look to stabilize its operations by focusing on process and quality, but importantly by initiating work to include the civic learning curriculum into the national syllabus. I Change My City our online civic participation platform has witnessed critical milestones this year. Janaagraha signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Urban Development to create the ‘Swacchata’ application for the Swachh Bharat Mission. The app IChangeMyCity will empower citizens to report complaints, track the time taken for redressal towards holding city government to account. We are also looking to launch ICMyC in Mumbai.

The Community Policing program has created a new way of engaging citizens in neighborhood security and is right now looking at another 7 new police station under its total ambit of 18. MyCityMyBudget will ride on its pilot run to scale citizen engagement in the city budget through increased social media and on ground community mobilization by holding Ward Sabhas and running a city wide budget campaign.

The A & R team is excited to be working closely with the NITI Aayog, the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India, in drafting a 15 year Vision Document for Urban Transformation, to be accompanied by a 7 year Strategy and a 3 year Action Plan. It is a great opportunity to advocate the City Systems Reforms at a level that would potentially impact the entire country in real and tangible ways.

All in all we are set to take big strides in the coming year across all our initiatives. It also happens to be the 15th year of Janaagraha and we look forward to re-igniting the cause of active citizenship that has brought us all together on this mission.