I PAID A BRIBE
BANGALORE INDA | 2014
wave project –BNP Pariba/Festival Circulation(s)
Imagine if you had to pay a bribe to see your newborn baby, get your water supply connected or obtain your driving licence. It's an everyday fact of life in India - but campaigners are now fighting back, using people power and the Internet. Since 2011 a website called « I paid a bribe » has been vigorously tackling corruption by harnessing the collective energy of citizens. Citizens can report on the nature, number, pattern, types, location, frequency and values of actual corrupt acts on the web. The reports based on this information, perhaps for the first time in India, provide a snapshot of bribes being paid (or taken), across Indian cities. « I paid a bribe » uses them to argue for improving governance systems and procedures, tightening law enforcement and regulation, thereby reducing the scope for corruption while obtaining services from the government.