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

From Chanderi, to you

Saree weaving isn't just a source of livelihood for weavers of Chanderi, it's their passion — one that has been with them for 700 years. Come, let's experience their designs, the artistry of their craft and their adoption of digital interventions to reach out to you (its global customers) through Chanderiyaan, an initiative of Digital Empowerment Foundation

Osama Manzar motivates Bangladeshi innovators

DEF Founder-Director Osama Manzar addresses a packed hall of innovation enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, investors and policy-makers in Bangladesh. While discussing the vision of Manthan Awards at BRAC Manthan Gala 2017, Manzar encouraged Bangladeshi innovators to use their knowledge and technology to reach out to the unconnected masses, besides making services available at ease for the already connected individuals.

Capgemini and DEF distribute notebooks to Noida students

On October 24, 2016, Capgemini India and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) distributed notebooks at 46 government schools in Gautam Buddha Nagar district, Uttar Pradesh under Project Akshara. Almost 10,000 students (8,870 primary and 2,060 junior high school students) were covered under this initiative. Capgemini is the world’s leading technology solutions provider; and it offers consulting, technology and outsourcing services in India.