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 Little Rann of Kutch is an unsurveyed piece of land that accounts for 37 per cent of Gujarat’s total salt production (Gujarat produces 73 per cent of India’s salt). Here, the Agariya community (salt farmers) extracts one of the rarest types of salts, called vadagara crystals. About 3,500 Agariya families make the Little Rann of Kutch, which is known as India’s Survey Number Zero, home for eight months.
The Grand Jury for the 4th edition of the Social Media for Empowerment (SM4E) Awards 2017 was successfully held on March 17-18, 2017. This year, the platform received 162 nominations across nine categories. Out of these, the Virtual Jury filtered 71 entries for evaluation by a Grand Jury. Winners and Special Mentions will be revealed at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on April 29, 2017.
The Baank-e-Loom project in Uttar Pradesh went a step ahead last month towards launching its exclusive e-Commerce website and social media channels by carrying out a professional shoot of handloom products coming out of the cluster. Baank-e-Loom project aims to introduce digital interventions in key handloom areas to empower the weaver community and increase their livelihood by improving access to the market and enabling creative designs.