Crossing bridges

Rakhi Kumari is an Internet Saathi from Jamui district of Bihar. As a Saathi, she goes from one house to another every day, enabling more and more women to experience technology, particularly the wonders of a smartphone. However, it’s not an easy job for her either. Firstly, she has to fight the social norms that…

Building smarter communities

A collaboration between DEF and Nokia, Smartpur is an initiative that aims to create smart villages in rural India. In these smart villages, the focus is not merely on digital infrastructure but on the resourceful utilisation of digital tools and technology in the daily lives of people. This is achieved through activities across six key…

Reimagining impact on human life

Prateek Pathak ISOC Mumbai The Internet has had a transformative impact on human life by facilitating collaboration and interaction between individuals across different identities. Whether it is online browsing, reading a research paper, ordering a dress, interacting with friends, editing an image, engaging with peers over a not-for profit cause, availing e-government services or creating…

Empowering women with information

The International Women’s Day was celebrated with much enthusiasm on March 8 in Alwar city of Rajasthan. The occasion was celebrated at the local Police Adhiveshan Bhawan, which saw a participation from different civil society bodies, government representatives and women from rural and urban parts of the district. Several organisations that work with women had…

Digitally empowering financially excluded communities

DigiPreraks or volunteers of the DigiSupport project, an initiative of Axis Bank and DEF, across 30 villages in 15 states have completed a three-month-long Digital Financial Literacy Awareness Campaign. DigiSupport is phase two of the DigiPrayas initiative that enabled rural villages to access digital tools and spread awareness on e-banking services through village-level community leaders.…

Rinki, the problem solver

Rinki Bakoriya, an entrepreneur at CIRC Doudi in Madhya Pradesh, is leading her village towards transformation by empowering the community with simple but integral information services. From a small digital infrastructure hub, she offers a range of services to community members, including digital literacy, access to digital services such as photocopying and printing, and information…

डिजिटल और कैशलेस इंडिया की अलग ही दुनिया

इरफान खान द्वारा देश की राजधानी या यू कहे की शहरो में बैठ कर डिजिटल इंडिया, केशलेश इंडिया की कल्पना करना या सपना देखना माध्यम वर्ग और निति निर्माताओ के लिए सुखद अनुभव एवं सपना हो सकता है लेकिन दरअसल दूर दराज़ ग्रामीण इलाके में अभी इन गढ़े हुए नारो का कहि अता पता आज…