IT for Change is excited to be a member of the Fair, Green and Global Alliance (FGG) – a consortium of eight global organizations – whose goal is to expand civil society voices to make trade and global supply chains just and fair in Global South contexts.
As part of this five year program starting in January 2021, IT for Change will focus on digital value chains, extending our work on Big Tech/platform regulation, data economy, platform worker rights and gender justice.
Watch this space for updates on the new initiatives we will be working on as part of this venture.
Response to the Public Consultation on India Digital Ecosystem of Agriculture (IDEA)
June, 2021: IT for Change responded to the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare's consultation paper on the India Digital Ecosystem of Agriculture (IDEA). The response identifies the potential benefits that may be realized through the implementation of IDEA and the additional steps required to achieve them. Specifically, the response highlights issues of farmer centricity, decentralization and federation of data architectures, the need to recognize farmer community data through the data exchange, and differing roles for public and private sector entities in development and maintenance of IDEA.
Workshop on 'Social Security for App-based Transport Workers'
IFAT in partnership with FES organized a two-day workshop in Kolkata on 'Social Security for App-based Transport Workers', which saw participation of close to 25-30 workers belonging to different worker unions from various regions and states of the country. Sakhi Shah from IT for Change attended the workshop and presented to the group the meaning and importance of the Social Security Code, 2020 along with the central and state-level rules formulated for the implementation of the Code. The presentation focused largely on the impact of these rules on gig and platform workers. All the workers present were a part of a state regional-level union, the presentation and discussions also focused on the importance of unionization for gig and platform workers, and how the respective unions can and should participate in the public consultation process as and when their respective states introduce rules to complement to the Code.