Citizen Matters serves as a knowledge exchange with insightful reports on critical urban issues, ideas and solutions for cities, diving deep into issues which affect our quality of life, including water, commute, public safety, air quality, governance, education, environment, local economy and more.

We bring together civic media, data and diverse voices to help citizens build sustainable, equitable and liveable cities.

Citizen Matters was founded by Subramaniam Vincent and Meera K in 2008.

Our work is supported by Oorvani Foundation, a non-profit trust that works on open knowledge platforms for civic engagement and community revitalisation. Oorvani Foundation also supports Open City, an urban data platform that enables data driven decision making.

Leadership team at Oorvani Foundation.

Why this initiative?

India has 10 cities with 3 million+ population and 50+ cities with a million+ population. Our cities are marked by poor quality of governance, environment, civic provisions and lack of equitable access to resources. Bad public infrastructure and service delivery, be it transport, water supply, roads, or schooling has ensured the everyday life of citizens is painful.

These urban challenges need collective action to fix them. Action has to be based on a deep understanding of issues and root causes, and changemaking. Citizen Matters provides the information, the understanding and the tools for citizens to become changemakers.




Citizen Matters  was one of three finalists in the first ever ‪#‎innovationforgood‬ award, instituted by the Centre for Work, Technology and Social Change in collaboration with SASNET at Lund University, Sweden. We received the honorary prize at the Media and Innovation Days Conference on December 9th, at New Delhi.
Citizen Matters co-founder Subramaniam (Subbu) Vincent won the John S Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University for 2015-16. He is working on ways to let civic activists and urban experts systematically help newsrooms like Citizen Matters track what is happening in the city — when journalists start to report on a topic, they are fully informed and armed with the collective wisdom of the community.


Citizen Matters was declared the joint winner of the Manthan Award – South Asia and Asia Pacific, instituted by the Digital Empowerment Foundation, in the e-News & Journalism category.
Citizen Matters received the Manthan Award South West India, instituted by the Digital Empowerment Foundation, in the e-News & Journalism category, for creating an online resource of news and independent coverage.
Citizen Matters won the Namma Bengaluru Award for 2013 in the Media Organisation category.


Navya PK, former staff journalist at Citizen Matters was awarded the All India Environmental Journalism Competition award for her series of exposes on the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project by Mantri Developers coming up on the Bellandur wetland – Mantri’s 72 acre project encroaching Rajakaluve: IISc Report, published on May 31, 2013.


Vaishnavi Vittal, former staff journalist at Citizen Matters, won the Laadli Media Award for the best Web Investigative report – Government ignores us because we aren’t educated and rich.

Citizen Matters was a finalist for Namma Bengaluru Awards, 2012.


Citizen Matters was a finalist for Namma Bengaluru Awards, 2010.


Supriya Khandekar, a Citizen Matters’ journalist was awarded the Young Development Journalist of the year in 2008-09, instituted by Asian Development Bank Institute, at Tokyo, Japan, for her report on the women of Gollehalli, Women of a lesser society.


The idea of Citizen Matters was shortlisted by the Knight News Challenge, USA in 2007 for innovative digital ideas in community news. Citizen Matters was beta-launched in 2008.