A million things; Music, Governance and Cleaning The Yamuna
Dec 2009 01

So the website is finally up! And my, is it kick arse! Kudos Gaurav! 🙂

Which brings us to the point where I’ve been asked to write 300 words on what I’m doing right now. Tough one, that.

My name is Ila Reddy and I currently head The Right to Information Branch at The YP Foundation.  There’s so much happening around here, I can’t decide where to start!

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Dec 2009 16

As people, we need to create the change we want to see.

Bother. To engage with the system.

To challenge it. To change it.

We need accountability. Not excuses.

We need active citizenship.

What does your vote really want?


The YP Foundation presents:

Workshops @

St. Stephen’s College – 16th Feb, 2010, 1.30 PM.

Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies – 17th Feb, 2010; 12 PM.

Sri Venkateswara College – 18th Feb, 2010, 1.30 PM.

IME Law College – 19th Feb, 2010; 11 AM.

Supported by:

United Nations Development Programme
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

For queries,

Call: +91 9871011544 or 011 46792243
Email:  yp.rti.programme@gmail.com
Visit: www.theypfoundation.org

Do join us! 🙂

From Exploring the RTI Act to Building a Movement – Do Young People Matter?
Mar 2010 06

The YP Foundation in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), Students for Promotion of International Law (SPIL) and Governance Now

presents a discussion forum:

“From Exploring the RTI Act to Building a Movement – Do Young People Matter?”

March 13th, 2010 at 6 PM – 8.30 PM

at Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road New Delhi

The forum will explore how young people can take the RTI movement of the country forward. Bringing together leading and key personalities of the movement, the forum will seek to answer the following:

1. At what stage is the RTI Movement currently?
2. Has the filing of RTI Applications increased the overall efficiency and functioning of public authorities?
3. Internationally, what does the right to information signify?
4. What role can young people play in taking the movement forward?
5. What more can be done to make a larger impact and increase the efficacy of the movement?

Creating a space for inter-generational dialogue, the forum intends to set a collaborative agenda between organizations working on the RTI currently in the city and young people who want to get involved in the movement.

Confirmed panelists include:

Mr.Wajahat Habibullah, Chief Information Commissioner
Mr.Shekhar Singh, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information
Ms.Yamini Aiyer, Accountability Intitiative
Ms.Sanchita Bakshi, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
Ms.Manju Sadarangani, US Embassy

To confirm your attendance please RSVP @ 46792243/ 44/ 9871011544 / 9899651625/ yp.rti.programme@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there! 🙂


Whose Right to Information?
Apr 2010 24

Whilst there was a definite common agreement towards the need to raise more awareness about the Act itself, a lot of young people at The YP Foundation who have been working with precisely that mandate, questioned the larger strategic direction and purpose of simply awareness-raising in general. Our focus has been on the relevance of the act in one’s day-to-day life and the issues that it can be used for. Sometimes just filing an RTI on the little things or issues that we take for granted in our system and environment can act as a catalyst for change.

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Aug 2010 21

Ila ReddyI joined TYPF as a volunteer and later took over as The Coordinator of The Right to Information Branch. Nervous at first about heading a team of 15 volunteers- I didn’t realize how time flew. It was only yesterday that I had 15 wide-eyed faces staring back at me, trying to get a sense of what the project needed them to do.

A million trainings, meetings, conference calls, feedback sessions and the like later, came the workshops and discussion forum we had been working towards. It was suddenly a whirlwind of work! We didn’t realize the extent of the impact we were making, but we just kept going on, pushing ourselves and the team to do better.

It wasn’t until the end of the project that the realization of what we had achieved this year dawned upon us. It was then that emails and messages from the volunteers started pouring in, stating how much they had learnt from the project, how they suddenly realized why each meeting had been mandatory, how it felt so good when someone at the workshops looked back and thanked them for telling them how to file an RTI, how they could finally connect the dots. It was that realization, at that moment right there, that made all the sleepless nights, chaos and hard work worth it.

Working in this organization has made me discover and understand myself, my strengths and weaknesses, my likes and dislikes, my beliefs and politics, and most importantly- who I really am. It’s taught me much more than I can point out. It’s made me challenge myself and what I thought I was capable of.

Ila Reddy
Ex- Coordinator
The Right to Information Branch