20 Sep 2011

I Paid a Bribe Project Launches Round Table on Corruption

The Indian website ‘I Paid a Bribe’ (logo pictured here), an initiative of the non-profit organization Janaagraha, launched last week a roundtable discussion entitled ‘Straight Talk – Candour on Corruption’, addresing the Lokpal Bill and the current anti-corruption movement in India.

Among the participants were prominent local journalists, the civil society activist Nikhil De and former Lokayukta for Karnakata State, Justice Santosh Hedge. A video with the entire debate can be accessed here.

‘I Paid a Bribe’ is a project that collects testimonies of individuals who have experienced corruption in India, and allows them to report details about situations in which they were asked for bribes by public officials. The objective of the project is to use to data to identify patterns that may support later advocacy work in favor of changes to reduce corruption in government procedures.

Another interesting initiative of the website are the Satyameva Jayate Awards, which invite Indian citizens to propose measures againt corruption. Ideas may be submitted until September 20th, and the winner will be announced on October 2nd. For more information, please click here.