Mandakini Devasher Surie

Rogi Kalyan Samitis: New Spaces of Participation

The field notes in this series seek to document accountability mechanisms built into key government programs for service delivery. These include programs such as the National Rural Health Mission, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme, Public Distribution System and others.The current note examines the functioning of Rogi Kalyan Samitis under the National Rural Health Mission. Read more »

Incentivising Rural Sanitation: The Nirmal Gram Puraskar

The field notes in this series seek to document accountability mechanisms built into key government programs for service delivery. Read more »

Watching the watchdogs

AI in the news: Mandakini Devasher Surie assesses RTI as a tool for NGO Accountability. Click on to read the full article.

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Institutionalizing Social Accountability: Considerations for Policy

Social accountability mechanisms can contribute to improved governance, increased development effectiveness through better service delivery, and citizen empowerment. However, critical to the success of Social Accountability initiatives is civil society and state capacities, and the synergy between the two.  Ultimately, the effectiveness and sustainability of social accountability mechanisms is improved when they are “institutionalized”. Read more »

Preliminary Analysis of MCD RTI Applications

This brief provides an information analysis of a sample of RTI applications filed with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Information Commissions - Selection and Appointment

This brief provides a comparative analysis of Information Commissions in six countries– Canada, India, Ireland, Mexico, Slovenia and the United Kingdom– with a specific focus on the system of selection and appointments of Information Commissioners.

Proactive Disclosure - Best Practices from Mexico

This brief examines the proactive disclosure of information or Section 4 under the Right to Information Act 2005 and highlights best practices in information disclosure from Mexico.

International Experiences with Decentralisation

This brief analyses the structure and impact of decentralisation in three countries - Bolivia, Switzerland and Uganda.

Administrative Decentralisation in India - The 3Fs

This brief examines the state of administrative decentralisation in India and the extent to which states have devolved the 3Fs (functions, funds and functionaries) to Panchayats.


Decentralisation - The Path to Inclusive Governance?

This brief examines the ability of  decentralisation to promote inclusive governance through a focus on research on the impact of Gram Sabhas and Reservations on people’s participation.