About Us

Anode Governance Lab is a Bangalore based organisation that works towards strengthening governance and enabling public institutions to function effectively. Our belief is that vibrant and learning institutions adapt and negotiate with the external environment to deliver their mandate consistently. Our institution building efforts leverage organisation development (OD) principles, which adopts a systemic view to change, associating with members of the institution as participants and not recipients of change.

We partner with professionals from different disciplines, as well as with government and non-government organisations that are committed to sustainable change processes through effective institutions.

Our focus areas:

  • Research and analysis of legal framework impacting governance
  • Strengthening institutional capacities of local governments, leveraging principles of organisation development
  • Leveraging Technology for Driving Transparency and Accountability
  • Impact evaluation of existing programs
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Our experience:

We have been working with rural local government institutions since 2011. Our journey started in Karnataka with an intensive 3-year action research project, premised on the assumption that effective rural local governments (Gram Panchayats) will be able to address the persistent gaps in delivery of services at the last mile. With encouraging results, we formalised the Gram Panchayat Organisation Development (GPOD) framework, which was subsequently selected as the foundation for an innovation project by the Union Ministry of Panchayat Raj, under the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) program.


Our work is founded on a deep understanding and research related to internal arrangements of institutions, as well as the external environment that they exist in: social, legal and administrative, enabling us to design our efforts to needs of different contexts. 


We are presently working across 4 states: Karnataka, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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Our purpose:

Anode aims to shape the approach for building effective local governments, rural and urban, and other institutions towards enabling deeper democratic processes and improvement in delivery of services. We hope to be engaged in more critical work, developing connections and conversations between presently disparate, yet related institutions, towards further solution building and targeted results.

Incorporation details:

Anode Governance Lab is registered as a Governance and Management consulting organisation, as a Commercial Establishment under the Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishments Act,1961 on 30-03-2016. The Registration is valid upto 31-12-2020. Its registered office is at 514, Raindrops Apartments, 10 ½ Haralur Road, Off Sarjapur Road, Bangalore 560102. 

Sonali Srivastava, founder and CEO of Anode Governance Lab is a development & management professional. She set up Anode Governance Lab to pursue work towards systemic strengthening of institutions engaged in public services. As an Organisation Development practitioner, she has designed and managed complex change management interventions across corporate, government and non-government organisations.

Sonali holds a Personnel Management degree from XLRI Jamshedpur and a Masters in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London.

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Sonali’s career includes experience with Asian Paints (India) Limited, Barefoot College, Tilonia, Eicher Consulting Services, Arghyam and Avantika Foundation. She has been instrumental in conceptualizing the Gram Panchayat Organisation Development (GPOD) framework, which is an approach to develop organisation capacity of rural local governments (Gram Panchayats).

Sonali is a non-executive independent director on the Boards of BetterPlace Safety Solutions Private Limited, a Bangalore-based start-up that works on technology driven solutions towards building profiles for blue and grey collared work force, and Trickle Up India, a Section 8 company which is engaged in helping people in extreme poverty enhance their economic and social well-being. She is presently a member of Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for State specific Assessment of Human Resource needs for Gram Panchayats, set up by the Union Ministry of Panchayat Raj and National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (NIRDPR), Hyderabad.

Email: sonali@anodegovernancelab.in

Dr Anjali Karol Mohan leads research and policy initiatives at Anode Governance Lab. Anjali’s broad areas of practice and research include development, urbanization and urban management, organisational and institutional frameworks, public policy and information and communication technologies and development (ICTD). She brings her deep understanding of government functioning along with facilitative pedagogy to guide the work at different stages of Anode’s work.

Anjali is trained as a geographer planner from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and has a PhD on e-governance and public policy from IIIT Bangalore.

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Over the last two and half decades, Anjali has successfully completed several assignments in her individual capacity and as part of multi-disciplinary teams, both as a team leader and a team member. In addition, she has designed and delivered several training and capacity building programmes, both for the state and non-state actors. She is a visiting faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIITB) and at the Takshashila Learning Institute, Bangalore (TLI). Drawing upon Anode’s Gram Panchayat Organisation Development (GPOD) framework, Dr Mohan has designed a curriculum for an MPhil Program in Human Development and Local Governance for TISS, Mumbai. She is part of several Working and Technical Advisory groups and was recently elected a council member of the Copenhagen based, International Federation of Housing and Planning.

Email: anjali@anodegovernancelab.in

Padma is working as a Coordinator- Project and Change Management at Anode. She oversees our project in Jharkhand, and also works on new solutions related to Information Technology. Her work experience includes stints at IBM and Dhwani RIS.

Padma has a Masters in Public Policy and Governance from Azim Premji University, Bangalore, and Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Pune Institute of Computer Technology, Pune University, Pune.

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Padma started her career with IBM India as a consultant for about 4 years where she was the onsite coordinator in Germany at the Volkswagen plant, and also held a position of Team Lead. While working with IBM, she followed her passion to work with children and volunteered with an organization named Pankhudi Foundation, which is involved in teaching children in a slum in Pune, where she worked closely with community and young girls. Subsequently, Padma joined a startup in 2014, Dhwani Rural Information Systems that supports NGOs, research organizations and government organizations through ICT solutions. Padma is an active mountaineer and was the leader of the Mountain challenge program India hikes, 2014. She has also been a part of the Jagriti Yatra in 2013, which is a train journey across India for 15 days and 12 cities.

Pragya Pathak is working as a Lead- Project and Change Management with Anode Governance Lab.

Pragya is a social researcher with over 10 years of experience in designing and implementing projects in skill development, migration and livelihood enhancement of informal worker across urban and rural settings.

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Her expertise is in livelihood enhancement of informal workers in terms of labour laws (rights and entitlements), Promoting self - reliant business enterprise and gender mainstreaming. she has a master's degree in sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a bachelor's degree in History from Delhi University(Lady Shri Ram College)

Email - pragya@anodegovernancelab.in

Hemant Sharma is an Advisor on organisation building practices at Anode Governance Lab. He also actively engages in initiatives related to Education. An MBA from XLRI, Hemant has extensive experience as a HR professional across industries like automobile, pharmaceutical, telecom, FMCG, IT, test & measurement and medical technology. With assignments in both Indian and multinational companies, the last 14 years of his career were as Head of the HR function at Sun Microsystems India and as Vice President - HR, Danaher, India.

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Hemant decided to make a career shift out of the corporate world to pursue a Master’s degree with a specialisation in Education, from the Azim Premji University. Having had close insights as a HR person with human capital in the organised sector and the challenges of talent availability and development, he felt that a formal academic degree would provide a good foundation to contribute in the education sector of the country. As an advisor Hemant work includes association with NGO's and educational institutions like Chirag, MEC College, Saandeepani School and CDLG, Avantika Foundation. Hemant has been a visiting faculty at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, for their PGSEM program.

Email: hemant@anodegovernancelab.in

Arghyam

The Gram Panchayat Organisation Development (GPOD) framework was incubated in Arghyam with the premise that sustainability of efforts towards water security is possible if the local body is equipped, technically and administratively. To further this objective, Arghyam supports projects aimed at addressing the larger issues of water security by improving WATSAN governance system, targeted communication with communities, promotion of appropriate technologies and developing the capacities of Panchayati Raj Institutions to improve water security and sanitation. Anode conducted evaluation studies to assess the implementation of Arghyam’s projects related to water governance in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

Sulochana Thapar Foundation

Sulochana Thapar Foundation, a non-profit organisation, affiliated to the Sulochana Thapar Group, has partnered with Anode to work in Gadchiroli District, Maharashtra, to strengthen Gram Panchayats to improve key indicators related to Mother Infant Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN). Our emphasis would be to enable Gram Panchayats to view and work on nutrition in a holistic manner, and develop mechanisms to converge different resources towards this objective.

Ajim Premji University (APU)

Anode Governance Lab partners with APU for bringing academic insights into field-based research. Faculty from APU is engaged with Anode on concurrent process documentation of our work in Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, bringing in their critical thinking and knowledge in areas of public policy and organisation strategy

International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bengaluru

Anode Governance Lab partnered with International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIITB) to conduct a study to map digitally available information in public domain through websites of 11 Central Sector Schemes (CSS), with the purpose of understanding available information and exploring solutions towards reducing information asymmetry among rural local bodies, frontline functionaries and citizens. Anode Governance Lab partnered with International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIITB) to conduct a study to map digitally available information in public domain through websites of 11 Central Sector Schemes (CSS), with the purpose of understanding available information and exploring solutions towards reducing information asymmetry among rural local bodies, frontline functionaries and citizens.

Pradan (Professional Assistance for Development Action)

Pradan has been working towards improving livelihoods across seven of the poorest states in the country, through formation and promotion of Self Help Groups (SHGs). In areas where Pradan is working, many SHG members are entering democratic institutions such as the Gram Panchayats. This presents an opportune platform for collaboration of these Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) towards improving services as demanded by the local community, especially focusing on the poor.


Recognising gaps, both in institutional capacities of panchayats as well as in the devolution of funds, functionaries and funds, Pradan has partnered with Anode in a pilot initiative to work in the states of Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, to strengthen and leverage Gram Panchayats to deliver services at the last mile.

Sree Jnanodaya Grameena Vidya Trust

The team at Jnanodaya was actively involved in deployment of Gram Panchayat Organisation Development framework in Mulbagilu Taluk, Kolar district, Karnataka as part of the innovation project under Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA), Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj. With the project coming to a close, Anode Governance Lab has extended support to Jnanodaya to work with 12 Gram Panchayats in Mulbagilu block, which have expressed their desire to continue their work, committing financial resources through a fee based model.