New Year, New Expectations
It is the New Year season, the time of year when people pamper themselves with serious retail therapy regardless of their income. It is noted that consumerism is at its peak during this time of the year all over the world. While a small section of the society can afford materialistic happiness, it does not come easy for majority of people in the country.
A number of people from various states are now migrating to metropolitan cities in search of a better livelihood. They come to big cities and get employed for vulnerable jobs. Kapashera (bordering Delhi and Gurgaon) is an area, which has seen an unprecedented growth in the last few years. The area provides cheap accommodation to migrant workers, employed in garment factories, who have little or no guarantee of work or wage. Landowners in Kapashera are making multi-storey buildings for rent purposes to multiply their earnings which leaves no recreational place for children due to construction work going on round the year.
Last week, we established a Community Information Resource Centre (CIRC) in Kapashera. The purpose of this centre is to spread digital literacy amongst the people especially women and offer readymade information from the Internet relevant to these migrant workers.
Another coverage in this issue is on the SoochnaSeva Project, which aims at improving access to information of public schemes in backward districts of India. It is a joint initiative of Digital Empowerment Foundation & European Union in India for the term 2014-2018. Digital Empowerment Foundation, along with UNESCO and IHCN initiated a project called e-Heritage – Digitally Enhancing India’s Heritage. It is a capacity building programme to empower cities to create a digital presence of their heritage. Currently the project has been launched in four cities across India, Old Delhi, Pune, Shekhawati and Chanderi.
Last month, we also celebrated the 4th e-North East India Award in Itanagar. The current newsletter has glimpses from the digital festival as well as Digital Youth Fellowship Programme for 2014-15.
Another exciting story to look out for in this issue is the India of Tomorrow where we have presented an extensive coverage of thought leaders’ views expressed during Manthan 2013. There are videos of the conversations; full transcripts and lots of additional pictures of people who came across as ones who will matter in tomorrow's India.
Enjoy this exciting journey into India's future.
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With the motto of 'Inform, Communicate and Empower,' Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) started its journey in the month of December, 2002. Based out of New Delhi and registered as not-for-profit under the "Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, the effort at DEF has been to find sustainable Information Communication Technology (ICT) solutions including digital and new media to address digital divide in under-served and unreached regions and communities. With a non-political approach, it was founded to contribute to an enabling social and economic order in India as well as in developing societies with the need based support of ICT tools and means. With ground work since 2003, DEF has reached over 22 States and 8 countries.
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