Good governance cannot be devoid of government involvement
Pioneering the cause of delivering development solutions to constituencies, Swaniti aimed at improving and strengthening governance systems for public service delivery by focussing on utilising the unutilised funds with the government. They promote data driven governance resulting in increased access of benefits from government schemes that are identified as priority schemes targeted at the most vulnerable. Swaniti unlocked nearly 60 – 192 crores from government welfare schemes, thereby benefiting the most vulnerable.
In 2018, a leading newspaper reported that during the social audit of Building and Other Construction Workers Act (BOCW) could identify only 932 beneficiaries out of the 24,399 registered beneficiaries in Delhi, apart from finding other discrepancies in its implementation. Schemes like BOCW are targeted at some of the most vulnerable sections and have also been amongst the priority sector for the government. Amongst raging allegations that the statutory cess levied from real estate firms for the welfare of construction workers was not being utilised properly as there was no mechanism to identify the beneficiaries for extending the benefit, we supported Swaniti Initiative in creating avenues to increase access to benefits for construction workers. Our support to Swaniti Initiative resulted in these workers accessing benefits worth 80 crores giving us a result of 80x multiplier. With the creation of strong governance structures, Swaniti mobilised around 60 to 192 crores including other priority schemes like Maternity Benefit Program, Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program among others.
Swaniti Initiative, under their Supporting Parliamentarians in Analysis and Research of Constituency (SPARC) intervention, brought together stakeholders at various levels – community, bureaucracy and the public representatives – to strengthen government levers and mechanism by implementing government programmes effectively. Working closely with Members of Parliament, this programme aimed at enhanced awareness of welfare schemes and enrolment of new beneficiaries under that scheme. The ultimate aim was to ensure disbursement of benefits to all.
In another project, they are ensuring the implementation of bottom up planning systems across departments in Andhra Pradesh that will guarantee access and inclusion of the most vulnerable in government programs by an increase of 25-30%. Directly working with government on public delivery system, Swaniti Initiative is striving for institutionalising systemic changes that would benefit the public at large.