During a recce for DigiKala, a project that DEF has recently initiated, in collaboration with Microsoft Corporate Citizenship, members of the organisation got a chance to meet Sarat Patra in Nuapatna, Odisha. A National Award winner Sarat is a talented handloom weaver who focuses on art and not the sale of his creations. Sarat’s wife and his younger brother are also National Award winners. In fact, the family has been weaving for generations and has several sarees that date back to 500 years ago. These sarees have been passed down the generations and is matter of great pride for them. The family has another rare but rather new collection of sarees and wall hangings that took three to seven years to be made. One particular wall hanging about the life of Buddha has been valued at Rs. 30 lakh by the Victoria Museum of London. Several other bridal sarees are priced for upto Rs. 7 lakh. Interestingly, the Victoria Museum has approached Sarat’s family…

52 Parindey is a project dedicated to finding and identifying 52 innovators who are making a conscious living for themselves and their planet through alternate careers in Indian towns. Under this project, starting end of November, a fellow, Rahul Karanpuriya, will travel across the country to cover 52 locations and spend a week at each of these locations. During these stays, Rahul will live with the identified innovator, understand his way of life and document it through videos, photographs and text. Let us now hear from Rahul why he decided to embark on this year-long journey. For human development, education is of prime importance. The real purpose of education is to lead to individual and moralistic development of every person. Education is a source of empowerment through which children hone independent thinking and, based on one’s passion, utilise their knowledge to earn a conscious livelihood. However, the modern education system has created such a competitive environment that children have little…

Through 3 projects 1350 micro entrepreneurs digitally empowered, more than 3500 Chanderi weavers  now use digital tools and have  e-commerce portal, more than 50 women entrepreneurs digitally trained.

Through 3 projects more than 1000 people made aware of Internet Rights, more than 30 grassroots women change leaders identified and honoured, more than Rs 30 million raised to help NGOs working for women’s empowerment.

Through 6 projects more than 5000 ICTD innovators discovered and honoured. A knowledge hub and repository of thousands of best practices in use of digital tools for development has been created.

Through 4 projects more than 1 million people in remote rural areas now have access to the Internet and know how to use digital tools. We have also created India’s only fully digitally literate village.

Through 6 projects more than 5000 NGOs now have websites, another 100,000 being empowered via validation and websites with .ngo top level domain. Natural resources and heritage are being conserved using digital tools.

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Tracing Dilli ki Tehzeeb

It was early Sunday morning (8 am on October 18, 2015) and Team DEF was waiting at Chawri Bazaar Metro Station Gate No. 3 for an expected crowd of about 50-60 participants to arrive and register for a walk organised by the eHeritage Project — Heritage Walk: Tracing Dilli ki Tehzeeb.

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NGOs have to fill the gaps with digital tools

The 4th edition of the eNGO Challenge Awards was successfully hosted at Indian Habitat Centre in New Delhi on October 9, 2015. Mr. Osama Manzar, Founder & Director of DEF, welcomed the esteemed panelists and representatives from more than 700 non-government organisations (NGOs)

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DEF’s 6th mBillionth Award 2015 honours 24 Asian innovators

On July 23, 2015, New Delhi-based non-profit Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) announced 24 winners out of 320 nominations from eight South Asian countries at their 6th mBillionth Award 2015 Gala. The award salutes mobile-based innovations for development.The winners were selected by a Grand Jury after two days of deliberations in June…

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DEF launches the .NGO domain in India

The 6th edition of the mBillionth Awards marked an important day for both the grassroots NGOs and the digital community.At a time when there is growing distrust of NGOs across the country, the need for a validated and verified identity has become all the more pertinent for non-profits.July 23, 2015, marked an exciting time in the history …

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