Health Care Spending Rising Faster Than Economic Growth In Industrialized Countries – OECD Health Data 2010

Posted on:01-07-10

While India is still struggling to live up to the “Nine is Mine” dream (calling for 9% of GDP to be committed to health and education), according to OECD’s Health Data 2010, in leading industrialized countries, the health care spending is rising faster than economic growth. The study reports: Read more »

Debate on the National Food Security Bill

Posted on:26-06-10

An essential aspect of ensuring that benefits reach the desired beneficiaries includes the ability of beneficiaries to hold the power holders to account; to make them responsible for their behaviour and actions. In the context of the debate on right to food, the first draft bill formulated by the government, titled ‘The National Food Security Bill’, failed to comprehensively address such core concerns. Accountability issues were largely glossed over with only respite involving a commitment to ensure the monitoring of finances by the Gram Sabha, through the medium of social audits. Read more »

Potential Concerns with the Proposed Food Security Bill

Posted on:24-06-10

Yamini Aiyar and Gayatri Sahgal

On Friday, relevant ministries in the Government of India and the National Advisory council are going to start a round of negotiations to finalize the much awaited food security bill. The key issue up for debate is the question of universalization of the entitlement. The initial draft bill restricted the entitlement to the country’s poorest. The current negotiations are an effort to push for universal coverage as well as for a wider grain basket. Read more »

The UPA-II Government's Unfulfilled Promises

Posted on:08-06-10
Yamini Aiyar, Director of the Accountability Initiative, assesses the performance of the UPA government.

Grievance Redressal Mechanisms - The Ombudsman in Kerala

Posted on:08-06-10
Joshua Stark

An elderly man, standing beside his daughter, is yelling and waving his arms. “A tree is overhanging his property and polluting his pond” whispers my Malayalam translator. “He wants it removed, but the panchayat has done nothing”. The man pauses briefly before resuming his offensive. His embattled target is another elderly man, a retired high court judge – the Ombudsman of Kerala. He is here in the northern city of Kannur in Kerala for two days to hold sittings and hear grievances – though they are not all as colourful as this one.

CWG 2010 here we come...but at what cost?

Posted on:03-06-10
Mandakini Devasher Surie

Delhi is a city under siege! Over the last year, a silent army of civil engineers, urban planners, construction workers and contractorss have brought this to a standstill. Signs of the siege are everywhere – on uneven sidewalks and pavements which threaten to send pedestrians sprawling, on roads and flyovers where monstrous potholes threaten to swallow unsuspecting motorists and bring the city to a grinding halt. The mission? Make Delhi ready and able to host the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in October this year.

Accountability Global News Scan

Posted on:01-06-10

A round up of accountability news and views from around the world. Read more »

After the Tsunami: Malaysia’s Transformed Political Landscape in 2004 Continues to Test its Democracy

Posted on:28-05-10

The documentary Selapas Tsunami (After the Tsunami), assesses the sweeping political changes brought about by the results of the 12th General Election in Malaysia, and discusses the ramifications these changes have had on government accountability and the building of a