A visit to rural Odisha

A team from DEF was in Odisha last month to assess the situation of weavers in the villages of Attabira, Barapali and Nuapatna. It is sad to know that despite the government’s cluster development programme, the wages of weavers have only marginally increased since 2005. Adding to the woes of weavers is the role of…

Column of the Month

India is now the fourth largest start-up hub in the world, with a wide range of project in mobile media, Internet of Things(IOT), analytics, edtech, food-tech and more. Social entrepreneurs and NGOs are also active on the mobile front, backed by a range of venture capitalists, government grants and impact investors. “India is fast becoming…

Internet Rights

The Manthan Award This programmatic area addresses the goal of creating the knowledge network and database needed to know about best practices in the field of ICT for Development, which is DEF’s chosen area of work given its broad mandate of digital inclusion flowing from its mission and vision statements. All projects in this area…

Building another pipe dream?

Even though there has been progress on laying cables, there is a serious lack of planning and strategy to make sure that these are fully functional and available to the people, organisations and government offices. The difference between cities and villages in India has always been stark. Services that people in urban areas take for…