Janaagraha is a non-profit organization based in Bangalore, India that 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 aspect concerns the 'quality of urban infrastructure and services'. The second aspect accounts for the 'quality of citizenship' - the role that urban residents play by participating in civic issues.

Founded in 2001 by Ramesh 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. For more information, see

Center for Policy Research, Delhi

The Center for Policy Research (CPR) is an independent and non-partisan research institute and think tank. Its main objectives are to provide thought leadership and creative solutions that address pressing intellectual and policy issues. It is one of the 27 national social science research institutes recognized by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Government of India. It is set apart by its multi-disciplinary approach and unique blend of scholarship and practical expertise. CPR’s faculty has considerable impact on policy and public debates.

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National Council of Applied Economic Research, Delhi

The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) undertakes pioneering research in areas of applied economics with an emphasis on policy analysis and application of modern quantitative techniques to development issues, regional development and planning, energy, household income, consumption, savings and investment.

In addition to its research capabilities, NCAER has a unique position in the country for designing and executing large-scale sample surveys on regional and human development as well as a large range of consumer products. NCAER has built up a rich database on economic and commercial data. 

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Center for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore

The Centre for Public Policy (CPP) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) was created in 2000 through a strong partnership agreement between the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Government of India (GoI), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and IIMB.

Today, it has evolved into a leading policy think tank engaged in cutting-edge research, teaching, training and capacity building, as well as, improving development outcomes across the region. The CPP pioneered the application of management disciplines for better public services and governance in India and runs the country’s leading Masters-level program in public policy and management. Its evidence-based research has focused on government innovations, regulation, policy making, administrative and organizational reform, public-private partnerships and IT in government. It conducts various innovative and influential executive education and doctoral programs.