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Achieving transparency and accountability with mobile phones.

Collaborative Research and Dissemination is undertaking a survey in Damaragidda and Maddur blocks of Mahbubnagar district of Telangana. The aim of the survey is to assess the implementation of the NREGA.

Overtime NREGA has become an integral constituent of the social security architecture for the informal sector in India. Hence, any lapses in its implementation have costs associated with it. Lapses in implementation can manifest in the form of lower uptake of works or wage payment delays. The present research project aims to evaluate the impact of technological intervention, primarily mobile phones, to address the lapses in implementation. In the first round of the project we carried out intervention exercise in the three blocks of the Surguja district of Chhattisgarh. As part of the study, baseline and endline household survey were being carried out to understand the impact of technological intervention. After receiving positive results from Chhattisgarh intervention, we have now extended our study to Mahbubnagar district of Telangana. We have chosen two blocks, Damaragidda and Maddur, in Mahbubnagar district for intervention. The baseline survey of households will happen in the month of September and October 2017. This will be followed by intervention for a period of one year and then an endline survey to estimate the impact of intervention.

The interventions and the study are initiated from Liberation Technology Program in Stanford University.

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