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The Open Innovation Lab at Tajikistan March 16, 2015, 6:56 a.m.

The Open Innovation Lab at Tajikistan
Summary: Our training programme at the Open Innovation Lab at Tajikistan, building the capacity of youth to build local technology solutions and catalyse growth towards a knowledge-based society.
Description: Tajikistan is situated in Central Asia, landlocked by its neighbours Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Tajikistan became an independent, sovereign nation in 1991 after the break up of the Soviet Union and then went into civil war from 1992 to 1997.    Tajikistan is the poorest country in Central Asia today. In 2006, GDP per capita of Tajikistan was 85% of 1990s level, while the population has increased from 5.3 million in 1991 to 8 million in ...read more

When a little 'tech' goes a long way... Part 3 March 5, 2015, 10:54 a.m.

When a little 'tech' goes a long way... Part 3
Summary: After a year of training 55 rural women leaders in North Karnataka we go back to hear stories about how they have been using technology in their lives.
Description: 'A little “tech” goes a long way' has been covering how fifty five rural women leaders who help women sex workers, like themselves, access learning, health and protection from violence and abuse; use the internet to network with activists across India and even abroad and has boosted their confidence in what they can achieve even if they might not be 'educated'.   While these may have been things that we at Mahiti and Samraksha kept ...read more

When a little 'tech' goes a long way... Part 2 Feb. 23, 2015, 4:37 a.m.

When a little 'tech' goes a long way... Part 2
Summary: After a year of training 55 rural women leaders in North Karnataka we go back to hear stories about how they have been using technology in their lives.
Description:   'A little “tech” goes a long way' isn't just a catchy phrase (assuming you think it might be!). Fifty five rural women leaders who head their own community-based organisations in North Karnataka helping women sex workers, like themselves, access learning, health and protection from violence and abuse; are changing the way society views the worker of the world's oldest profession.   We had put out the first part of this 3-part series (which you can ...read more

When a little 'tech' goes a long way... Feb. 12, 2015, 10:05 a.m.

When a little 'tech' goes a long way...
Summary: After a year of training 55 rural women leaders in North Karnataka we go back to hear stories about how they have been using technology in their lives.
Description: A year ago we ran a programme called Magic Slate with Samraksha to build the capacity of unlikely women leaders from North Karnataka to use mobile devices to access and make use of services on the internet. After having completed multiple trainings with them, we went back to see how they were making use of their 'tablet' devices and learnings to impact their own lives and their communities. Before we get into details, we would like to recap what ...read more

4 Reasons Why It’s Crucial to Make Technology Accessible to Rural Leaders Jan. 21, 2015, 12:06 p.m.

4 Reasons Why It’s Crucial to Make Technology Accessible to Rural Leaders
Summary: Our trainings with women leaders from rural areas have shown us the limitless opportunities that they access once technology is accessible.
Description: Knowledge is strength and it can empower even the weakest individual with tremendous power. Over the years, the internet has made it easy for almost every individual to learn on his or her own. Open courseware, detailed guides, free resources, and expert help makes it possible to empower yourself with knowledge and expertise. However, all of this depends on access to affordable technology.    Communities located in far-flung areas usually do not have access to internet, electricity, ...read more

Supporting human rights activists for greater visibility and outreach in society through technology Aug. 30, 2013, 4:41 a.m.

Supporting human rights activists for greater visibility and outreach in society through technology
Summary: Training workshops for women activists on open source technology, internet media and communications
Description: Image courtesy: NESA training, Bangalore We provide training to grass-root level human right activists and marginalised groups on free and open source technology and tools and internet media in order to help support their goals of greater visibility and reach in society. We have trained activists, including 300 women activists, from 2010 – 2012, across Chattisgarh, Assam, West Bengal, Mizoram, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala by partnering with organisations and networks. Our modules are tailor-made for ...read more

Write it Right Feb. 15, 2013, 4:26 a.m.

Write it Right
Summary: BNGVN communication workshops experience.
Description: BNGVN is but a small group of people managing more than 500 women across a number of villages - training and guiding them to produce quilts for the international and domestic market. They address the sanitary conditions of the villages they work in, helping build toilets that are affordable. In addition, they support the financial needs of the community through their micro-credit operation. They do a hundred other things that are continuously changing the way the people of Bahadarpur ...read more
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