Digital Daan

The pandemic has significantly disrupted the education sector- which is a critical determinant of a country’s economic future.  In India, 320 million students have been affected by COVID-19 school closures, and though the government quickly recommended shifting to “online teaching,” this ignores India’s immense digital divide—with embedded gender and class divides.

The 2017-18 National Sample Survey reported only 23.8 percent of Indian households had internet access. In rural households (66 percent of the population), only 14.9 percent had access, and in urban households only 42 percent had access while only 12.5 percent students have access to smartphones. Therefore, the majority of counterparts in education sector have completely shut down for not having access to e-learning devices or solutions and thus creating a long term societal and economic impact on the young learners of rural households.

Core Projects

Latest Publications

Driving Online Safety and Educational Content Creation

In 2020, the highest number of WhatsApp and TikTok mobile app downloads in the world were from India. The average internet user in the country spends 2-3 hours per day on social media. Read More

MUSIRI- People, Culture & The Craft

Musiri is a small town in Trichy district of Tamil Nadu with a population of 28,727 (Census 2001) and a literacy rate of 86.28 %. Read More

GOAL- Evaluation Study

Mentees variously describe mentors as enabling them to speak my mind’, not be shy‘ and dream big‘. They use WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube to connect with friends and the larger world. Read More

Improving Livelihoods of Rural Weavers through Digital Training

Digital Empowerment Foundation and Commonwealth of Learning provided a digital skill training and capacity building program to 2000 weavers and artisans. Read More

Latest Videos

DEF in collaboration with C3 India

A Migrant's Metamorphosis - DEF India

How to Bridge the Digital Gender Divide

DEF helping differently abled youth digitally

Latest Webinars

CNX2020 Session 1 : Community Network Models and Best Practices - Gustaff Harriman

CNX2020 Session 1 : Community Network Models and Best Practices - Peter Bloom

CNX2020 Session 1 : Community Network Models and Best Practices - Ritu Srivastava

CNX2020 Session 1 : Community Network Models and Best Practices - Sethil Kumar M

Latest DEF Dialogues

Covid 19 Digital Resource Centers