More than Just the FCPA and Bribery Act - The Local Battle against Corruption


Many Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FPCA) and UK Bribery Act practitioners are well aware of the oratory of the US and UK governments on the evils of bribery and corruption. However, such a fight is not just being made by the US Department of Justice and the UK Serious Fraud Office, there are local entities which engage in this battle in countries all over world.

We recently came across a most interesting website,, set up by a non-profit entity, Janaagraha in Bangalore, India. This organization works with citizens and the government to change the quality of life in India’s cities and towns. The website itself is Janaagraha’s initiative to tackle corruption by harnessing the collective energy of citizens. The site encourages people and organizations to report on the nature, number, pattern, types, location, frequency and values of corrupt acts. These reports are designed to provide a snapshot of bribes occurring across India. Janaagraha’s stated purpose is to use this information to argue for improving governance systems and procedures, tightening law enforcement and regulation, and thereby reduce the scope for corruption in obtaining services from the government.

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