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Title: Empowering%20the%20poor%20through%20rural%20ICT%20centres

Empowering the poor through rural ICT centres
Dhara Patel Jomiben Rajgor SEWA 2nd December,
  • Self Employed Womens Association (SEWA) is a
    Member-based Organisation of over half a million
    Poor informal sector women workers. It is a
    confluence of three movements- Labour, Co-op and
    Womens movement.

SEWAs Objectives
  • Full Employment
  • Self Reliance

IT and Disaster Management
  • Prompt relief rehabilitation
  • The Communication Centres were set up which
    comprised of email and internet connections,
    satellite phones and VSAT equipments.
  • SEWA used SatComm mode for interactive talk-back
    sessions for planning with the communities.
  • SEWA was the first organisation to provide the
    data on the people effected by earthquake to the

Community Learning Centre
  • At present SEWAs activity is mainly concentrated
    at District level.
  • As part of a wider process of decentralisation,
    SEWA has developed Community Learning Centre in
    each cluster (cluster consist of a group of seven
    to eight villages).
  • The functions proposed for each centre are -
  • Information collection and dissemination
  • Social Security through healthcare, housing
  • Co-ordination PRI, Block, District, state
  • Livelihood support through developing
    supportive system at local
  • Building support training for the community
  • Disaster preparedness training

Disaster Preparedness Training
  • The main aim of CLC is to reduce vulnerabilities
    and strengthen peoples capacity to cope with
    multi hazard disaster.
  • This centre comprises of internet and email (24
    hours) and will also serve as emergency shelters
    for the villages during a natural disaster

How ICT will help in providing Sustainable
livelihood Security
  • ICT Training- first step towards empowerment
  • Training related to their skill-base
  • Software development taking Community Based
    Approach and economic activity
  • Training which leads them to greater efficiency
    and greater productivity
  • Software development and training in local
  • Imparting training to the members as well as to
    their children and youth
  • As a model in increasing literacy, SEWA initiated
    JEEVANSHALA life education, which looks after
    imparting education but related to their

Database Management in CLC
  • Collecting and maintaining data like
  • village profile
  • data on camps, hospitals
  • population
  • Socio economic
  • Environment
  • Demography
  • Topography
  • Occupation
  • Education
  • Health
  • About Panchayati Raj Institutions
  • Water Land Forest
  • Providing internet as well as email facility

Need for setting CLC
  • The CLC serves a variety of demands
  • Clearinghouse for communication and information
  • -Centre is the communication and coordination
    hubs of the
  • village
  • -Centre holds imp village information such as the
    villagewide database, village profiles
  • -Staff members based in centre will coordinate in
    collection of such info and organise and analyse
    the data
  • Coordination of Disaster preparedness activities
  • Hub for capacity-building and livelihood
  • Provide supportive services
  • Training to the school children as well as youth.

All the activities that are discussed earlier
will be integrated in-depth in CLC
ICT in Community Learning Centre
  • Imparting training to our members on basic
    computer usage
  • Training on customised software (for respective
  • Training on using internet
  • Maintaining data in computer for research/
    innovative activity etc.
  • Providing training through Sat Comm programmes
  • Integrating Sat Comm programmes with IT (Video
  • Initiating Tele-medicine by way of linking with
    different hospitals (video-conferencing)
  • Collecting relevant content for database and

Networking SEWA Achieving Rural Connectivity
The Issues
  • The high cost of travelling between the district
    associations and Ahmedabad for meetings, mentor
    guidance, training programmes and capacity
  • The loss in person-hours, especially when
    travelling between the two distances.
  • The limited outreach of the programme because
    less participants take part due to the long
    distances (especially members).
  • The drop in output and efficiency levels of the
    key development programmes due to inefficient
    management and monitoring.

Next steps
  • Upscale and expand to all the 14 districts
  • Replication via taking the community based
  • Efficient service and content delivery at the
    grassroots level
  • Partnering with other NGOs, Academic institutions
    and Government bodies

Thank You
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