hello,

Here is the project proposal post made to Foundation-I mail-list for
starting a wiki to monitor the government spending. I guess here in India,
we must be more that convinced that a sustained, widely accessible and
comprehensive continuous tracking of Gov spending is key. If our ex-Prime
Minister is to be believed, out of every 1 rupee of public money spent, only
15 paise reach the intended destination.

This effort is supposed to bring clarity about the allocations and actual
delivery to bring forth the requisite citizen's pressure on the govt for
greater accountability. This is a massive undertaking, no single person /
org can do it. As initial check suggests, there are many sources of
information, we need to act as a central publicly accessable and easy to use
/ modify repository for existing info and then start filling the information
gaps.

Project Proposal has been made @
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GovSpendWatchWiki
Initial site can be set up on one of the wiki-farms, like Wikia. Requesting
your  feedback.
I will also try to attend today's Wikipedia:Meetup in Bangalore, hopefully
to meet with some of you there.

-
regards,
Prasad



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: FT2 <ft2.w...@gmail.com>
Date: 16 December 2010 22:01
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Fwd: Project Proposal - wiki to monitor the
government spending - GovSpendWatch Wiki
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundatio...@lists.wikimedia.org>


This would surely be interesting to a lot of people. But Wikimedia itself is
not a political body, so projects like this may not be seen as appropriate
for here.

A lot of projects with wide interest are hosted on wiki farms though.

There are many wiki farms and other bodies and many groups use wikis for the
kind of proposal you have. Perhaps set up a wiki on a wiki
farm<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki_farm>
?

FT2
On Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 3:29 AM, Ryan Lomonaco <wiki.ral...@gmail.com>wrote:

> Forwarded to the whole list on behalf of a non-member.
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: gps <gadgil...@gmail.com>
> Date: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 9:36 AM
> Subject: Project Proposal - wiki to monitor the government spending -
> GovSpendWatch Wiki
> To: foundation-l-ow...@lists.wikimedia.org
>
> Hello,
>
> One of the biggest problems of democratic givernance is that Allocated
> funds
> for various causes, initiatives and projects disappear due to corruption,
> mismanagement or just lie unutilised due to poor or non-existant public
> oversight.
>
> Another aspect is that the public Audit watchdogs in may countries is
> unable
> to function independently, and their reports disappear when inconvenient.
>
> Many a times the issues come to limelight when irreparable damage has been
> done, due to media expose or due to increasingly used Right-to-Information
> provisions, however media moves on to next issue, and there is no
permanant
> vigil over the public expenditure. The same issue is rampant in Asia,
> Africa
> and even in developed countries.
>
> We need a Global countrywise repository for monitoring, tracking,
> identifying possible issues in public expenditure. The domain is important
> enough for Wikimedia, and the support / backing crucial enough for the
> platform to succeed.
> Pl. consider this request to start a wiki to monitor the government
> spending, possibly named as GovSpendWatch-Wiki.
> Project Proposal has been made @
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GovSpendWatchWiki
>
> Pl. forward the proposal to foundation-l mail-list for review.
>
> regards,
> prasad gadgil - प्रसाद गाडगीळ
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