About DEF

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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Updates from DEF

Women find a friend in smartphones

Rakhi Uikey, from Kesla block in the Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh), goes around her village to teach women how to use a mobile phone and access the Internet. The latest house she visits belongs to a woman in her late 40s who owns poultry farm. An illiterate, she giggles shyly when Rakhi tells her that she is there to teach her how to use a mobile phone.

What does it mean to be a Digital Citizen?

DEF, in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, is set to return with the second edition of Digital Citizen Summit in New Delhi on September 21-22, 2017. The first Digital Citizen Summit was organised in Bengaluru, Karnataka, last year to create a platform for stakeholders to discuss issues that have cropped up as a result of the enthusiastic shift to digital lifestyles.

Thirty-two initiatives to receive mBillionth Awards 2017

The Grand Jury for the 8th mBillionth Awards South Asia was successfully held on June 16, 2017, in New Delhi. This year, we received a total of 294 entries across 10 categories, following which the Virtual Jury shortlisted 84 best nominations to be assessed by the mBillionth Grand Jury that selected 32 awardees. Winners will be announced in New Delhi on August 4, 2017.