Policy briefs

The IG chapter, penned for a book of policy recommendations in the context of the new Government, calls for a reconstitution of the India's Internet policy in place of knee-jerk reforms that are poorly researched, incomprehensible and lack foresight.

IT for Change submitted inputs for the post 2015 women's coalition's brief on Gender and ICTs. The report contains critical issues, priorities and actions related to gender justice in the information society.

IT for Change was commissioned by BRIDGE, IDS in 2013 to prepare a policy brief on Gender and ICTs for DFID. The final policy brief, submitted in February 2014, provides a broad brush-stroke analysis of the depth and breadth of the implications of information society change for gender equality and women's empowerment, and identifies future directions for policy and programming.

In April 2014, IT for Change submitted a solicited input to the Second High Level Committee on Status of Women in India, analysing key policy and programmatic concerns in the area of 'Digital Technologies and Gender Justice in India'. The brief demonstrates the urgent need  for  a gendered analysis of the National e-governance Plan and e-governance schemes under implementation, to overcome the limitations of current 'gender-neutral', 'corporatist', e-governance approaches.

Anita Gurumurthy, Executive Director, IT for Change, has been closely in dialogue with the Women's Major Group for the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals , urging for the inclusion of information society concerns in the SDG discussions.

On 20th July, 2013, Parminder Jeet Singh drafted a position paper reflecting on the current nature of e-governance schemes upon sampling and studying recent developments in the area, where he posits that the increasing role of ICTs in governance is resulting in a de facto “centralisation of power” and “privatisation of Governance”.

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In May, 2013 IT for Change was approached by the global NGO Action Aid to generate think pieces on the subject of the role of ICTs in development.

Overall trends and developments in the area of e-governance in India
Brief history
National E- Governance Plan – achievements, and challenges ahead
Community level e-governance infrastructure – the fulcrum of possible transformation
NGOs and donor agencies
Recommendations for UNDP for project development over 2013-17
Mainstreaming ICTs and e-governance
Specialised and convergent approaches to e-governance
Innovative Project Proposals – 1: Decentralised governance
Moving beyond capacity building mode to ICT-based resource support system for elected representatives
Innovative Project Proposals - 2 : Accountability and transparency

Getting a CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation through a UN General Assembly resolution was an hard won victory for developing countries. It was an opportunity to propose and push for a new institutional architecture for the global governance of the Internet. In April, 2013, IT for Change wrote this paper for the South Centre, Geneva, an inter-governmental think-tank of developing countries, outlining the significance of the Working Group and exhorting developing countries to take up an active role in it.

Anita Gurumurthy, Nandini.C and Emma Saloranta represented IT for Change at the International Working Forum on Women, ICTs and Development. The Forum was organised by UN Women and the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, between January 10-11, 2013, in Washington D.C. The overall objective of the Forum was to convene a broad-based coalition in order to take stock of current ICTD and gender approaches, challenges, opportunities and to chart a course forward.