A one-day ICT Capacity Building workshop was organised in Samastipur, Bihar, on May 15, 2017, to apprise NGOs with Google applications and other digital tools that are available to help them improvise their operations and management. Around 50 representatives from NGOs, SHGs, CBOs and farming communities participated in the workshop to learn about various digital tools and applications that can assist them with an effective outreach. The workshop focused on ICT for easy fundraising and effective collaboration; content creation in regional languages for wider reach; importance of Internet Safety for secure operation; and social media for enhanced networking.
By the end of the workshop, 15 NGOs/10 SHGs had decided to go online. DEF is also helping some farmers to get together on one website to market their products directly to consumers.
Another similar workshop was organised in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, on May 26, 2017. Around 20 representatives from as many NGOs participated in the workshop to learn about various digital tools and applications that can assist them in effective outreach. By the end of the workshop, all participating NGOs had taken a collective decision to go online.