Development and Democracy

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. After a month of online discussion involving ActionAid staff and some outside experts on the subject of 'progressive engagement with ICTD', IT for Change submitted an initial draft…

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Information and networks for community-based strategies towards empowerment: The case of Kutch Nav Nirman Abhiyan

Short Description: The Kutch Nav Nirman Abhiyan (http://www.kutchabhiyan.org/) has managed a fine balance between the twin imperatives of standardisation and contextualisation that any large scale developmental…

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Ensuring right to food through process computerisation: The case of Chhattisgarh's Public Distribution System

Short description: Since 2004, Chhattisgarh has been investing in measures to revive the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the state, including measures that involve ICTs. Right now,Chhattisgarh has become one of the model…

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Digital systems for effective grievance redressal: The case of Lokvani

Short description: Lokvani (http://sitapur.nic.in/lokvani) is an e-governance initiative that attempts to reduce citizens' travel to government offices for accessing information, entitlement processing and grievance redressal.

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ICT-enabled decentralisation: The Ente Gramam and e-krishi projects of the Kerala State IT Mission

Short Description: Ente Gramam is a project of the Kerala State IT Mission under which community web portals, with contextually appropriate, locally generated content, have been developed in over 100 Gram Panchayats and 10…

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ICTs for Community Empowerment and Action by Youth

Context: Since independence it has been the hope and expectation that the country's youth shall show a spirit of community-orientation and volunteerism towards the difficult task of…

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Rajiv Gandhi Sewa Kendras as village information and knowledge centres enhancing transparency and accountability in governance (as part of NREGA scheme)

 

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Moving beyond capacity building mode to ICT-based resource support system for elected representatives

 

Context: Decentralisation has been…

IT for Change was asked to provide inputs in the area of e-governance and ICTD to UNDP as it was developing its plan for the programming period of 2013-18. Upon thorough study of the e-governance and ICTD scenario in India and interweaving of UNDP's general priorities and outlook with the same, IT for Change came out with a detailed document…

Introduction:

The draft Bill opens up some important possibilities; if digital means can be used to deliver services in a completely transparent, accountable and efficient way, much can change in India. There are many important public services, and many important 'parts' of other…