EMPOWERED CITIZENS MAKE better CITIES

Every citizen can become a changemaker when knowledge, understanding and tools are placed in her hands. Oorvani Foundation makes this possible.

CITIES . CITIZENS . CIVIC ACTION

Cities are where societies define themselves. They are sites of churn and change, energy and evolution. And at the heart of this dynamism are people. A city’s citizens.

At Oorvani Foundation we enable citizens to take civic action, by sourcing and sharing knowledge, and creating an empowered community.

OUR INITIATIVES IN

MAKing CITIES BETTER

Citizen Matters

Collaborative city news platform on systemic issues and citizen-led solutions.

Open City

Public data and documents, made open to citizens, to enable data-driven and democratic cities.

Co Media Lab

A resource and training initiative for citizen writers and students of journalism.

India Together

Journalism and features on development issues across India.

IMPACT

1500 +
DEEP DIVING ARTICLES
3
CHAPTERS
600 +
EXPLAINERS
47
CITIES
200 +
CASE STUDIES
800 +
CITIZEN COLLABORATORS
500 +
DATASETS
800 +
SUPPORTERS

*As of 2020

We have built a citizen-centred and citizen-driven platform, with collaboration between citizens, domain experts and journalists plus our editorial stewardship. A democratisation of information and understanding that is unprecedented in India. 

Our work has enabled citizens to define what issues are important to them, exchange knowledge and strategies on civic organising, and come together to both demand and create change.

POLICY CHANGE

Our work has influenced and changed the policy path of many urban development issues, including lake management.

COMMUNITY ACTION

Our projects are by and for citizens, and strengthening community action on-ground across a range of urban issues.

OPEN KNOWLEDGE

We work to put in the public domain information and data from government, judiciary and a range of other sources.

FIXING INFORMATION ASYMMETRY

We have published hundreds of explainers and how-tos that make government, legal, and service procedures navigable for citizens, answer the “What can I do?” question

ADDING PERSPECTIVE

We bring stories that provide context as well as multiple viewpoints on systemic urban issues.

For specific instances of impact, please do check our reports.

how you can help

Make a donation

Your generosity makes our work possible. Whether you contribute financially or as advocate for good.

write

If you have experience with civic activism, write about your expertise for us.

VOLUNTEER

Make a gift of your time. We welcome community outreach and engagement skills.