Reforms in Education Bureaucracy: Reflections on Institution...

By Vincy Davis
25 Jul 2016

The issue of quality in education has caught the attention of the nation li

Debating the role of India's frontline education bureau...

By Yamini Aiyar
22 Jul 2016

What does it take to build an administrative eco-system that substantially

Bringing the education administration back in to the classro...

By Yamini Aiyar
18 Jul 2016

This piece was written based on the ASER report released in 2014, and was p

The Flowering of Buds

By T.R. Raghunandan
11 Jul 2016

‘You must visit our ‘Buds’ school’, she said. A group of us, members fro

How Jayan transformed Manickal Grama Panchayat

By T.R. Raghunandan
01 Jul 2016

Jayan, the current vice-President of Manickal Panchayat, is an unusual indi


By Pritha Ghosh
29 Jun 2016

This is the second part of our blog on SMCs - Accounatability Initiative an

Tales from the Panchayats

By T.R. Raghunandan
28 Jun 2016

The last few weeks has been spent yo-yoing from interactions with policy ma

Transparency, Accountability, and the Indian Government

By Nancy Kirsch
21 Jun 2016

A BIARI 2016 Presentation “The narrative of [government] transparency an


By Pritha Ghosh
15 Jun 2016

AI's determination to work with SMCs follows from its foundational beliefs


By Priyanka Roychoudhury
08 Jun 2016

This blog is a continuation from PART I: ENGAGING WITH PAISA 2015

Deconstructing A New Era in Fiscal Devolution in India

By Yamini Aiyar, Avani Kapur, Padmapriya Janakiraman
06 Jun 2016

The Accountability Initiative (AI) at CPR has conducted extensive research


By Avani Kapur, Vikram Srinivas, Priyanka Roychoudary
06 Jun 2016

The 14th Finance Commission’s (FFC) recommendations, accepted by the Union

Reforms in the Education Bureaucracy

By Vincy Davis
01 Jun 2016

Reflections on some institutional challenges The issue of quality in edu

PART I – Engaging with PAISA 2015

By Priyanka Roychoudhury
23 May 2016

On a relatively warm day with the sun surprisingly making its presence felt

Seventeen Signatures

By T.R. Raghunandan
16 May 2016

At first sight, this looks like a digression from my continuing tale of the

Estimating earmarking of funds

By T.R. Raghunandan
29 Apr 2016

It is common for governments to conceive of new schemes at the drop of a ha

Expenditures at the Local Level: Untying the Gordian Knot

By T.R. Raghunandan
22 Apr 2016

Getting to know how much money is spent in each panchayat by the government

Following the Money: The PAISA for Panchayats Saga

By T.R. Raghunandan
18 Apr 2016

The Paisa for Panchayats project aimed to track how funds flow into the Pan

PAISA for Panchayats

By Accountability Initiative
08 Apr 2016

The PAISA for Panchayats research project extends AI’s PAISA methodology to

Budget Briefs 2016: State of Social Sector Spending in India

By Accountability Initiative
04 Mar 2016

Every year, in the run up to the Union Government budget, Accountability In

The PAISA Story

By T.R. Raghunandan
25 Feb 2016

‘Let’s meet for lunch’. A decade back, whenever I heard that voice over

Superheroes in school uniforms

By Vincy Davis
05 Feb 2016

“Didi, who’s your favourite super hero?” asked the six year old as he playe

Crafting Policy, the V. Ramachandran Style

By T.R. Raghunandan
19 Dec 2015

Working with the Expert Group on Participatory Planning chaired by Mr. V.

A Role Model Slips Away

By T.R. Raghunandan
08 Dec 2015

It was at a conference in Kerala, probably in 2003 or so, that I first me

The Wicked Problem of Global Warming

By T.R. Raghunandan
24 Nov 2015

Over the last four, somewhat intermittent blogs, I had detailed the initi

How Conservation Payments Ought to be Used

By T.R. Raghunandan
09 Nov 2015

As detailed in last week’s blog, the report on ‘High Conservation Value F

Funding for forest protection – peeping behind the Fourteent...

By T.R. Raghunandan
30 Oct 2015

One good feature of the way India’s Finance Commissions go about their jobs

Functional Assignment: Some (more) Thoughts on the Evolving...

By Vincy Davis
20 Oct 2015

(This is part 2 of 2 entries on Functional Assignment by the same author.)

Functional Assignment: Some Thoughts on the Evolving Subject

By Vincy Davis
19 Oct 2015

Early in September I attended a workshop on Functional Assignment (FA) led

Funding environmental services; fundamental questions or pro...

By T.R. Raghunandan
09 Oct 2015

My apologies for a break from my weekly blog. After five weeks of skippin

How data can mislead in analysing social policy

By Avani Kapur
01 Sep 2015

India needs a transformation in how data is measured and analysed to form p

Wicked problems; financing environmental services

By T.R. Raghunandan
31 Aug 2015

‘Just letting you know, Raghu’, said my friend, a passionate advocate of

Chhattisgarh Survey- Observations from the field

By Nilanjan Chaudhuri
24 Aug 2015

Accountability Initiative (AI) has finished the field work for Chhattisgarh

Imbibing Leadership skills through Institutional Reforms and...

By T.R. Raghunandan
17 Aug 2015

The coming years calls for adopting the new age strategies of bridging lead

Teachers' Strike and the Learning Problem

By Ashish Ranjan
11 Aug 2015

In the month of April and May 2015, there was hardly any academic work happ

Can the IAS learn Bridging and Adaptive Leadership?

By T.R. Raghunandan
06 Aug 2015

First and foremost, the IAS needs to consciously work on curbing swollen he

Bridging Leadership and the Civil Servant

By T.R. Raghunandan
31 Jul 2015

While some aspects of dysfunctionality within the government system have

Making the case for expanding Social Security Pensions: Stat...

By Anindita Adhikari
15 May 2015

The country has seen one of the most impressive mobilisations in recent tim

Vote on it

By AI India
18 Mar 2014

Smriti Iyer, Accountability Initiative The 16th Lok Sabha elections are

A Night in the Life of a Delhi Government Hospital

By AI India
03 Mar 2014

Shailey Tucker, Accountability Initiative Male, mid-thirties, native of

Highlights from the Interim Budget 2014-15

By AI India
17 Feb 2014

Avani Kapur and Smriti Iyer, Accountability Initiative This document hig

Strengthening SMC to make SDP– Should be an Empowering Proce...

By AI India
10 Feb 2014

Anthony Chettri, Accountability Initiative I had recently attended two t

Notes from the field: School Management Committees – Somebod...

By AI India
19 Nov 2013

Mehjabeen Jagmag, Accountability Initiative “The Somebody Else’s Problem

Aid Transparency Assessment

By AI India
29 Oct 2010

Publish What You Fund has developed an Aid Transparency Assessment. This is

The YP Foundation: Call for positions

By AI India
28 Oct 2010

The YP Foundation is hiring! The YP Foundation (TYPF) is a youth run and

Janaagraha: Call for positions

By AI India
18 Oct 2010

Janaagraha is a Bangalore based not-for-profit organisation that works with

Data Matters: Linking Development Data to Government Perform...

By AI India
15 Oct 2010

Veena Madhukar How come the government gets away with putting out da

The RTI Act Turns 5

By AI India
12 Oct 2010

Mandakini Devasher Surie The cornerstone of the UPA government’s age

CPWD, PWD, NDMC, DJB - Multiple agencies but no accountabili...

By AI India
01 Oct 2010

Mandakini Devasher SurieEvery year it’s the same story. The monsoons hit De

Obama's speech to the UN: US support for Open Govt

By AI India
27 Sep 2010

On September 23, President Obama spoke before the UN General Assembly highl

Global Right to Information Index: Open to comments

By Sruti Bandyopadhyay
22 Sep 2010

The Global RTI Index--a new tool to compare and contrast right to

One World Trust: Accountability tools

By AI India
13 Sep 2010

The One World Trust and the International Research Centre of Canada have cr

What prompts collective action for accountability?

By Sruti Bandyopadhyay
09 Sep 2010

Yamini Aiyar What prompts collective action for accountability? Informat

Grievance Redressal Mechanisms - The Ombudsman in Kerala

By accountability
08 Jun 2010

Joshua Stark An elderly man, standing beside his daughter, is yelling an

Assessing the pension scheme for unorganized sector workers

By AI India
10 Apr 2010

Gayatri Sahgal  Social protection programmes have in the past (to a

Satark Nagrik Sangathan: MLA Report Cards

By AI India
04 Apr 2010

Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS) is a citizens’ group with a mandate to promot

How is Janani Suraksha Yojana performing in backward distric...

By AI India
05 Mar 2010

So far we have seen that Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) has been successful

The Hungry Tide: Billions Spent and Millions Still Malnouris...

By Avani Kapur
19 Feb 2010

  The 16th of October was World Food Day– a day to take the pled

There’s no such thing as a local Plan

By Sruti Bandyopadhyay
11 Feb 2010

Yamini Aiyar Recently, in a move that has been rightly acknowledged as t

Accountability and the budget: Tracking where your money goe...

By Vincy Davis
04 Feb 2010

We’ve been in Bhojpur, Bihar for some days now, surveying several individua

Pratham Launches its Annual Status of Education Report 2009

By accountability
21 Jan 2010

Pratham's Annual State of Education Report (ASER) 2009 was launched last w

Right to Information: Need for an Enforcement Strategy

By accountability
13 Jan 2010

Alasdair RobertsThe right to information is only meaningful if the law is

IMGSY: CCT or not to CCT

By AI India
01 Jan 2010

Gayatri SahgalIn a surprising turn of events, on October 22nd, 2010, the Go