Digital Empowerment Foundation aims to connect unreached and underserved communities of India in an effort to bring them out of digital darkness and empower them with information access through last mile connectivity, digital literacy and digital interventions. With the motto to ‘Inform, Communicate and Empower,’ DEF aims to find sustainable ICT solutions to overcome information poverty in remote and rural locations of India. In an effort to achieve this aim, DEF has adopted a multi-stakeholder approach and a six-fold path to enable communities, governments, schools, civil society organisations and micro-enterprises to avail the benefits of the Information Age. Under this six-fold programme approach, DEF initiates projects in the areas of Access & Infrastructure; Education & Empowerment; Governance & Citizen Services; Markets & Social Enterprises; Knowledge Hub & Network; Research & Advocacy.
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The world has shifted to digital mediums for primary source of information but a large part of India is still living in information darkness even though the medium of digital has the power to drive transformation. With this in mind, DEF is all set to organize Prayag, in association with the Digital India programme, to celebrate people, practices and innovation.
Inspired by the very popular ‘Happiness is…’ series, DEF has designed an e-Calendar for 2017 that shares what ‘Digital Empowerment is’. Every month of the year has been turned into a digital wallpaper that can find its home on your desktop or laptop screens. The ‘Digital Empowerment is’ series aim to highlight what it means to connect the unconnected.
It’s been a very productive year for DigiKala, an initiative of DEF and Microsoft India under the former’s Digital Cluster Development Programme, in Odisha. From digital literacy, community mobilisation and enabling access to government schemes to creating self-help groups and shifting traditional weavers to computer-aided design, a lot has been achieved this year.