BENGALURU: Indira Gandhi once said “corruption is universal” to defend her government against bribery allegations. City-based Janaagraha, which works to strengthen democracy through several initiatives, can justly say, “the fight against corruption is universal, too”.
Its initiative ipaidabribe.com, a tool to record and fight bribery which has received overwhelming response across the country, is now adopted by Sri Lanka.
The Lankan government along with I-Paid-A-Bribe Sri Lanka on Wednesday launched the island nation’s first of its kind anti-corruption website, www.ipaidabribe.lk, to crowdsource reports on corruption from across the country. The website was launched by Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and DG Bribery Commission Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe at Independence Square, Colombo, on UN Anti-Corruption day.
IPaidABribe.com, Bengaluru, uses a crowd-sourcing model to collect bribe reports and build a repository of data across government departments to empower citizens and advocacy groups to tackle corruption.
“It is heartening to know that the initiative has inspired citizens and governments across many nations to join hands in the fight against corruption,” said Janaagraha co-founder Swati Ramanathan.
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