Decade of Digital Bharat (India)
Letter From the Editor
The world now is being primarily dominated by Information and Technology. In the preset scenario technology has a vast impact on various aspects of everyday life. From work and business to entertainment and education ICT is ruling every arena. With technology becoming more and more embedded in our lives we at Digital Empowerment Foundation are trying to empower more and more people across the country through ICT tools. We are regularly trying to reach to people who live in grassroots and trying to make them digitally literate.
Through one of our initiatives 'Helping Women Go Online' project in collaboration with Google DEF is now training over 180,0000 women across the country. In an initial period, through Community Information Resource Center (CIRC) we have covered approximately over 30 thousand of women; adolescent and dropout girls across India. To achieve the mission the HWGO programme is on full swing with training programme at the moment.
We are happy to share that last month we reached out to over 500 NGOs in 5 locations across India and Kenya through eNGO programme. The summit trained NGOs on using internet and other digital tools. The programme is regularly training more and more grassroots NGOs from across the world as well and helping them create an online presence so that the world gets to know about the good work they are doing in their region.
This month we also conducted a social media workshop for MLAs in Uttar Pradesh training them on effective use of social mediums like Facebook, twitter etc. It was a highly interactive session which explained on how social media can help politicians reach grassroots and be more associated with communities.
With the firm belief in Mobile Phones as a tool to bring forth change, we also conducted 'Mobile for Social and Behavioural Change' (MSBC) consultation, in partnership with UNICEF in India. We held one state consultation with all the key participants in the area of health and education covering beneficiary groups like women, children and service providers in Bhopal, Chennai and Lucknow. We are looking forward to host two more in Hyderabad and Guwahati over the next two months.
We at DEF believe in training and empowering people so that in future they can be independent and impart their learning to more people in their community and thus help towards building a connected India.
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With the motto of 'Inform, Communicate and Empower,' Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) started its journey in the month of December, 2002. Based out of New Delhi and registered as not-for-profit under the "Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, the effort at DEF has been to find sustainable Information Communication Technology (ICT) solutions including digital and new media to address digital divide in under-served and unreached regions and communities. With a non-political approach, it was founded to contribute to an enabling social and economic order in India as well as in developing societies with the need based support of ICT tools and means. With ground work since 2003, DEF has reached over 22 States and 8 countries.
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