Civis

TRANSPARENCY CHALLENGE; INDIA

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PROVEN INTERVENTION TO BE DISTRIBUTED

A mobile platform that enables citizens to understand legislation and share their feedback on laws and policy decisions in local languages while providing an avenue for the government to understand citizens’ priorities and gather feedback on policies in real time.

Learn more about the Transparency Challenge and how citizen reporting platforms can be used to hold government officials accountable and reduce corruption.

DISTRIBUTION MODEL INNOVATION

India has a massive and growing urban population, but poor infrastructure, rampant corruption and limited accountability prevent people from engaging with civic authorities and the government.

Civis helps citizens in urban areas engage with plans and laws pertaining to their city. Users learn about a campaign by Civis around a new law through social media, radio and newspaper. On the platform, they find a simplified summary of the plan or law in their local language and are able to share feedback with the government through a Civis-formatted email, which can be forwarded to the government. In cases where the Government allows aggregate feedback to be submitted, Civis will submit citizen responses.

Civis will share the results of a campaign and the impact of user suggestions with them over time. Content design ensures that a citizen spends less than 5 minutes on average in the process. A compelling call to action and ease of use make participation easy.

PILOT AND SCALING GOALS

  • 10,000 users by the end of pilot phase

  • 100,000 users by the end of year 1

  • 1,000,000 users by the end of year 2

FOUNDING TEAM

Antaraa Vasudev - Founder