Bangalore-based NGO Janaagraha has been awarded the Google Global Impact Award. In a release, Janaagraha said the award was given “in recognition of its path-breaking hyper-local social change network, www.ichangemycity.com, which connects citizens with the local government and communities in their neighbourhood.”
The NGO’s www.ichangemycity.com has received more than 6,000 complaints from citizens and 4,000 of them have been resolved, the release said.
The awards, which were announced at a function in New Delhi on Thursday, are given to entrepreneurial teams who ‘think on a global scale and have a healthy disregard for the impossible’. ‘Scaling impact through technology’ was the tagline of Google's Global Impact Challenge.
Four organisations have been chosen for the award, from among the 10 which made it to the finals. The awardees were chosen by a panel of judges and public votes.
The release quoted Swati Ramanathan, co-founder of Janaagraha as saying, “The award validates our ‘net plus roots’ strategy which takes the 15 years of our grassroots understanding of change and scales it using the power of the Internet, social media, mobile, GIS.”