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