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IPaidABribe : Anonymously Report all Bribes You Pay

IPaidABribe.com (IPAB) is an initiative to tackle corruption in India – a country currently ranked as 70th on the list of the least corrupt countries in the world. For the first time ever, India now has a web platform where people can report corruption incidents and bribes they’ve paid. This data is used to analyze corruption trends, lobby government bodies into taking action against officials, or change procedures encouraging corruption within government departments. The data also helps to determine which government services are most corruption prone. Reporting Corruption made Easy On the IPAB website, you can register old and recent bribes paid. Users can report the nature, location, frequency and amounts of bribes paid or demanded. By sourcing bribe reports from millions of Indians on the website, Janagraaha, the organization behind the initiative, is able to map bribes occurring across cities. In order to report an incident, citizens are encouraged to visit the IPAB website and complete an online form. All reports are collected anonymously. IPAB does not store the name or contact details of …

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Culture Aangan Homestays : Promoting Rural Development via Tourism

Culture Aangan makes use of Cultural Tourism to create a sustainable livelihood for rural communities. Visitors to Culture Aangan home stay’s get a great, first hand look at village life in a rural setting. Rural communities are benefited from promoting cultural tourism by creation of economic opportunities that previously did not exist. Aangan, literally means “courtyard”. An Aangan has always been central to the life of a village family, as a space to meet, perform ceremonies, dry food and bond as a family. Culture Aangan adopts this concept to provide visitors with a first hand experience into rural life, yet ensuring that basic traveler comforts are met. The beginnings In May 2005, Culture Aangan founder, Rashmi Sawant began work on a project with the goal to connect city dwellers with life in the villages of rural India. The experience involved staying with a rural family and getting to know a way of life that is vastly different from city lifestyles. At the same time, travelers made a contribution to the local economy of the village. …

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Mirakle Couriers : A Courier Service Run by the Deaf

Mirakle Couriers is a courier delivery company with a difference. They employ underprivileged deaf people who have almost no other means to earn a livelihood. Why start a company employing deaf people? India has one of the highest deaf populations in the world. NGO’s and charities try to help individuals marginalized by society, but they rely on gift funding, which often dries up and is not sustainable. People with disabilities are discriminated against as businesses are reluctant to employ them. The disabled are largely seen as a liability; incapable and impossible to train. The situation is worse for the deaf since businesses lack sign language skills necessary to work with them. As a result there are virtually no job opportunities for the deaf in India. How Mirakle does it: Mirakle Couriers wants to change the situation and economically empower the deaf community. At the same time, they want to provide them with better visibility in the Indian society and bring attention to their cause. Mirakle was started by Dhruv Lakra a former investment banker, who …