Thursday, November 11, 2010

Transparency and Accountability ... Kris Dev in India

Dear Colleagues

I have collaborated with Kris Dev in India for almost a decade. His work in mobilizing IT to improve governance is impressive ... and he keeps on going.
To: Peter Burgess
Seminar on Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration
From: Kris Dev
Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 2:02 PM


When most countries are witnessing a plethora of alleged high level corruption cases in public administration running to millions of dollars the presentation made at the National Seminar on Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration can be seen at: The NDTV-HINDU coverage can be seen at the below link from 2.58 min to 4.27 min.

Kris Dev, e-Gov Consultant, Chennai
Gopala Krishnan Devanathan,
President & CEO,
Life Line to Business / Life Line to Citizen,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Ph: + 91 98 408 52132 / 1 (206) 274 1635
Twitter: @krisdev

- Winner of Innovations Award 2009 for IT Innovation;
- Manthan Awardee 2006 for Rural Grass-Root Initiative in Establishing Unique Biometric Identity for e-Inclusion & Livelihood Creation;
- Selected for World Bank Innovation Fair 2010.
These are also interesting notes
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. … Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"A quick evaluation of the progress we have achieved in the last 20 years shows that in the area of poverty alleviation, we have not done enough. History will judge us harshly, unless we seize the opportunity to do more." - Archbishop Njongo Ndungane, President and Founder, African Monitor.

"When the Power of Love overcomes the Love of Power the World will know peace." Jimi Hendrix.

"Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact." - William James

"There is nothing more sacred to a free people than the right to govern themselves and take matters into their own hands when their elected officials have failed them. When the very government which the people have created to secure their liberty and domestic tranquility imposes restraints on their freedom, the people have a duty to try to break the shackles themselves." - Ward Connerly, Chairman of the American Civil Rights Coalition.

"We are powerful before the powerless; and powerless before the powerful"; how sadly true! why not reverse it?!

Practice is better than precept.
At the present time there is the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Thailand. It is good that there is now more talk about the problem of corruption than 20 years ago ... but it is sad there is so much corruption to talk about. In fact, what is disconcerting is that corruption is part of the mainstream modern economic system with a lot of influential people and organizations implicated in it. Worse ... the rule of law often contributes to corruption by making it difficult to stop it ... even though it is clear that something untoward is going on!

The implementation of True Value Metrics is a part of a paradigm shift in transparency and accountability that will help ... maybe significantly!

Peter Burgess

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