In collaboration with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Parisar, CAG carried out a pilot study to understand how decisions are made in the urban transport sector in the State of Tamil Nadu. The project’s broad aim is to understand the formal and informal structures of institutions responsible for shaping and implementing transport policies and plans, especially in relation to development objectives. It is part of a multi-city study and similar efforts are being conducted in Karnataka, West Bengal and New Delhi.
WRI and Prayas Energy Group developed a similar assessment called the Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI) in 2007 to understand the state of transparency, accountability, capacity and participation in the electricity sector. Building on the experiences and inferences of EGI, TGI provides a framework for the evaluation of governance processes in the transport sector in developing countries. The toolkit was developed presuming better decision making processes are necessary for improved outcomes and focuses on how decisions are made rather than what decisions are made.