The Accountability Initiative (AI), at Centre for Policy Research, seeks to strengthen the analytical frameworks of the accountability debate in India through three types of activities:

  • Building Evidence – AI conducts cutting edge research on public service delivery systems. It focuses on understanding state capabilities and accountability systems by tracking the planning, budgeting and decision making structures of social sector schemes such as the ICDS, SSA and MDM.
  • Deepening Public Debate – Underlying AI’s work is a strong commitment to the idea that enhanced citizen engagement in governance processes is a primary driver of change. AI leverages its research to promote public discussion through seminars, discussions in the media, and pro-active engagement with the government at different levels.
  • Catalysing Reforms – Seeking partnerships to pilot models for citizen led accountability, training a new generation of public finance experts and promoting administrative reforms at the front lines of service delivery.