The Public Affairs Centre (PAC) began working in 1994 to realize its vision of improving the quality of public governance in India by creating vibrant, informed, and proactive citizen engagement with the state and its institutions. The PAC’s mission encompasses a multi pronged approach that synthesizes a range of strategies and interventions, the pivotal points of which are research, monitoring and evaluation of public services and programs, education, and capacity enhancement of both the state and civil society. As part of the Partnership Initiative, the PAC will incorporate public expenditure tracking surveys (PETS), which will be a new area of work for it, to their citizen and community report-card methodology in tracking maternal health service delivery at the Panchayat level. It will focus on Greater Bangalore, selecting five out of 20 maternity homes and carrying out community score cards with PETS. The PAC also will develop advocacy with three partner civil society organizations. After four to five months, they will repeat the study and measure any changes. The maternity homes are located in the slums. Read PAC’s Profile


  • Meena Nair Head - Participatory Governance Research Group
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  • No.15, KIADB Industrial Area
    Bommasandra - Jigani Link Road
    Hennagara Post, Anekal Taluka
    Bangalore - 562 106
Area of Expertise

Participatory governance, public policy analysis, anti-corruption, environmental governance, citizen report cards, and community score cards.


  • Meena Nair, K. Prabhakar, Prarthana Rao, (2010), A Mirror to the Police - A Bottom-up Assessment of the Karnataka Police, Public Affairs Centre
  • Kala Seetharam Sridhar, A. Venugopala Reddy, (2010), State of Urban Services in India's Cities - Spending and Financing, Oxford University Press
  • Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD) and Public Affairs Centre (PAC), (2009), Services of Gram Panchyats in Koraput, Orissa - A Citizen Report Card, CYSD
  • Sita Sekhar, Meena Nair, K. Prabhakar and Parthana Rao, (2009), Study of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) on Universalisation of Elementary Education (UEE) in Karnataka with special reference to Concerns of Quality and Equity, Public Affairs Centre
  • Monitoring Expenditure and Outcomes to Improve Health Services for Urban Poor Women in Bangalore

Major Current Activities

  • PAC's Profile 2011 – Briefly describes the main budget analysis and advocacy activities of the organization and its involvement with the International Budget Partnership's Partnership Initiative.
  • Social audit of public service delivery in Karnataka a state-level assessment of eight public services using the CRC approach
  • Social audit of public services in greater Bangalore, a city-wide assessment of public services provided by the city agencies of Bangalore
    li>Monitoring expenditure and outcomes to improve health services for urban poor women in Bangalore, an assessment of service delivery and participatory budgeting practices among maternity homes run by the Greater Bangalore Municipal Corporation (BBMP)
  • An assessment of the four metropolitan cities of India across a series of indicators
  • Strengthening civic engagement and community empowerment through capacity buliding of grassroots organizations in three states of India
  • Citizen monitoring quality of rural roads built through the Prime Minister’s Rural Roads Program
  • Fighting corruption through projects that involve running a helpline for citizens to report corruption and facilitating support to partners working on anti-corruption projects
  • Initiating environmental governance by working toward enhancing community-centered governance in climate change affected coastal areas

Newsletters And Regular Reports

  • Public Eye - October 2009
  • Green Governance
  • Annual Report