Monthly Newsletter
Vol. 1.1 | February 2012
Digital Empowerment Foundation and Vodafone India Foundation project review visits
In the month of January, DEF and Vodafone India Foundation visited Pune and Sonepat to see the deployment of eduVARTA and Kisan Sanchar projects respectively. Both eduVARTA and Kisan Sanchar received funding grant for being winners of Vodafone Mobiles for Good Prize 2011. The motive was to ensure optimum utilization of the fund granted to the winners and also to understand the work pattern and processes conducted. Read more >>
Digital Panchayat Programme Receives USD 768,930 Microsoft Support
Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) received a software support from Microsoft Corporation worth USD 768,930 for better impact and implementation of Digital Panchayat project is India. The support will facilitate DP programme to provide licensed software(s) to its panchayat centres. The Digital Panchayat programme is a joint initiative of NIXI (National Internet Exchange of India) and DEF to provide a digital identity and platform to the panchayats in rural India. The vision of the project is to empower the grassroots panchayats through digital inclusion and providing internet awareness for better workflow. Read more >>
DEF’s Presence at ICTs, Climate Change and Development (ICCD) Workshop
Digital Empowerment Foundation participated at the ICTs, Climate Change and Development (ICCD) workshop held on 23-24 January, 2012. The workshop was hosted by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the University of Manchester, funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). This international workshop was attended by 35 key individuals with strategic responsibilities for either ICTs or climate change in development organisations in the NGO, public and private sector. Read more >>
PIR-eNGO – Inviting partners for PIR-eNGO workshops
We invite collaboration from Indian State level (especially Southern and Western States) and International organisations having a network of atleast 30-50 grassroots level establishments for expansion of PIR-eNGO for grass root development programmes through ICT inclusion in their region. 'eNGO' - A joint effort by Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), India and Public Interest Registry (PIR) empowers the grass root organisations by harnessing ICT tools to provide global identity and communication platform through website, domain name and capacity building programmes.
Contact: Mr. Devendra Singh Bhadauria,     Phone: +91-90449-04904
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DEF & APC's View on the Second Universal Periodic Review of India
Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and the Association for Progressive Communication have jointly submitted their recommendation points aligning with the points of government’s second Universal Periodic Review and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) India Human Rights Council. DEF is majorly concerned with the human rights, internet rights and making the internet an effective tool to access right to information in India. DEF believes that the internet plays a major role in accessing information and thus a tool for social and economic development. Read more >>
Chairman's Column:
Tracking Livelihood Entitlements for Rural Communities is a mobile phone-based initiative to track the efficiency of the government's public distribution scheme for food, pension schemes and the rural job guarantee scheme. Read more >>
3rd mBillionth South Asia Award 2012
Theme: Recognising innovations in Telecom and Mobile Content / Applications for Masses. Organisers: Digital Empowerment Foundation and Vodafone
Process Launch: 20th February 2012
Grand event: 21st July 2012
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PIR-eNGO Workshops:
In collaboration with Alok Sansthan (State partner), Sampann and Jan Nirman Kendra (Regional partners), PIR-eNGO workshops have been scheduled to be hosted on 22nd and 24th February 2012 at Patna and Bodhgaya (Bihar, India) respectively. Read more >>
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