The Grand Jury for the 13th edition of the Manthan Award South Asia 2016 was successfully held at at Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India, on 22 October 2016. This year we received 296 nominations across 09 categories. The virtual Jury members managed to filter 245 valid entries to 88 for the final evaluation by the Grand Jury. A panel of 18 Jury members looked into the filtered nominations.
The list of Winners and Special Mentions will be revealed on stage at the 13th Manthan Grand Gala at Surajkund Mela Ground Haryana, India, on February 25, 2017.
MEET OUR JURORS
Founder & Director
Digital Empowerment Foundation
Chairman of the eNGO Challenge, mBillionth Awards, Manthan Awards and Social Media for Empowerment Awards, Osama Manzar is a convert social entrepreneur, inspiring speaker, mentor and believer. Osama founded Digital Empowerment Foundation with the objective that there should be universal digital literacy and digital access to all to overcome information gap and parity and help build equitable society. He is a Member, Working Group, Internet Proliferation & Governance for Ministry of Communication & IT and was a Member, Task Force on Growth of IT, ITES & Electronics HW Manufacturing Industry, Ministry of Communication & IT, India. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) of the Universal Service Obligation Fund under the Indian Department of Telecom. At the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Manzar is a member of the Screening Committee for the Community Radio Licensing. Manzar sits on the Boards of the World Summit Award, the Society for Labour & Development, Ibtada, the Association of Progressive Communication, ProtoVillage, and the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI). A British Chevening Fellow of 2002, Manzar has authored NetCh@kra: 15 Years of Internet in India. Other titles by him include e-Content: Voices from the Ground; Internet Economy of India; India’s Best e-Contents, and Development & Digital Inclusion. He writes a weekly column in the Mint and Hindustan, and has previously written columns for Gaon Connection. A physics graduate, Manzar has a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and is credited for covering at least 200 ICTD case studies in India and South Asia. Fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic and Persian, Manzar tweets @osamamanzar.
Co-Founder & Director
Technology for the People (TFTP)
Rajen Varada has been an ICT practitioner since 1995 and continues to be actively engaged in designing and implementing proof of concept solutions for rural development using technology and, in particular, ICT. He has developed solutions for health and early childhood care: (Sisu Samrakshak UNICEF), Disaster: (SMS4help – Solution Exchange), District e-Governance: (Parishkaram & Samadhan – Govt of AP & West Bengal) and most recently ‘Labnet’ a migrant labour tracking and services portal. He is actively involved for the past nine years in study, evaluation, and mentoring ICT innovations which impact the social sector. Mr. Varada has been one of the thinkers behind movements like public sector software in India and actively supports community ownership of technology – from community radio, community TV to open source applications.
Lead – Industry Partnerships & SIMO Project
National Skill Development Corporation
Mahesh Venkateswaran works with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), part of the Government’s Skill India mission. He leads industry partnerships to strengthen the ecosystem through greenfield/brownfield projects across various sectors and mobilize CSR contributions for skill development projects. He also setup and led the Innovation fund focused on early stage funding for entities addressing skill development challenges until recently. Prior to joining NSDC, Mahesh led a 400+ strong team working on integrated rural development projects and social enterprises focused on employment, agriculture and dairy sector based in Jharkhand. An engineer from the 2001 batch of Vellore Institute of Technology, he has a master’s degree from the US and worked in research and consulting till 2009.
Writer & Editor
India Climate Dialogue
Soumya Sarkar is Managing Editor, India Climate Dialogue. He was the News Editor of Mint, a sister publication of the Hindustan Times published in partnership with the Wall Street Journal. He has been working in Media and Communications for over two decades and was previously with The Times of India, The Indian Express Group, the Telegraph and the Down to Earth magazine. He has also worked as development and communications consultant with organisations like the World Bank and the Aga Khan Development Network. Besides working in the areas of environment, rural livelihoods, energy and water resources, Soumya is keenly interested in science and technology issues.
VP & Head Technology-Government & Industry Relations
Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility
Manoj Dawane took charge as Head of the Unit Technology, GIR (Government & Industry Relations) and Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility for India region with effect from November 11, 2013. In his current role, Manoj is expected to establish a stronger industry position for Ericsson and to sharpen technology leadership area. He is a part of the region’s core leadership team. Prior to this role, Manoj was Head of Engagement Practices within Region India whereby he was responsible for solutions for all customer requirements for Region India. Solution areas involved were Mobile Broadband, Fixed Broadband and IP, Operating Support Systems (OSS) & Business Support Systems (BSS), Mobile Commerce, Managed Services (Network and IT), TV & Media Applications. Before joining Ericsson, Manoj was the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Mauj Mobile – wireless division of People Group. As CEO, Manoj led the Mauj Mobile team on their strategic growth path, both in domestic and international markets, addressing telecom operators, media companies, agencies and brands as primary customers. Manoj is recognised expert on the subjects of Technology, MVAS and Marketing in Telecom and has been a member of various industry bodies in India.
Asian Media Information & Communication Centre
Dr. Madanmohan Rao, a consultant and writer from Bangalore, is research projects director at MobileMonday, research director at YourStory.in, and research advisor at the Asian Media Information and Communication centre (AMIC). He is the editor of five book series: The Asia Pacific Internet Handbook, The Knowledge Management Chronicles, AfricaDotEdu, Global Citizen and World of Proverbs. He is also editor-at-large of DestinationKM and contributor to the Poynter Institute blog on new media trends. Madan was on the international editorial board of the book, Transforming e-Knowledge. He was formerly the communications director at the United Nations Inter Press Service bureau in New York, and vice president at IndiaWorld Communications in Bombay. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with an M.S. in computer science and a Ph.D. in communications.
Independent eGov and ICT4D Consultant
Ashis Sanyal has been an Independent eGov and ICT4D Consultant since he retired as a Senior Director
Department of Electronics & IT, Govt of India more than 5 years ago. He manages the Management Consulting Services in the areas of Electronic Governance, Communication Network and ICT for Community Development. As a success government employee Mr. Sanyal formulated Citizen-centric
e-Governance Strategy & Policy Formulation with a specific emphasis on Rural Service Delivery, Strategy and Program Implementation at the National Level under the ambit of National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) of Government of India with an aim to enhancing equitable and inclusive growth addressing the national development objectives of poverty reduction and building a knowledge-driven society and other tasks. He knows English, Hindi & Bengali.
Associate Vice President
Saloni Malhotra co-founded Safecity, a citizen’s initiative and online platform to share information on sexual abuse in India. Prior to Safecity, she founded and ran DesiCrew, a for-profit organization focused on creating knowledge-based livelihood opportunities in small towns and rural areas. She stepped down as a the CEO in March 2012, after bringing on board a venture fund and handing over to a professional management team. I continue to participate on the board. She also mentors Traveller Kids, a young start-up that creates edu-taiment toys for 7-12 years olds and am a Advisor to Start Up!, a social business incubator in Delhi and Sevamob, a healthcare start-up in North India. Besides, she is also a Trustee of the Local Community Exchange Empowerment Trust (LOKALEX). An engineer from Pune University, she began her career with WebChutney, the number one interactive media agency in India. In her free time she enjoys writing, playing with her four year old daschund and travelling. Music and problems her friends love to crib about, inspire her to find the next challenge.
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF)
Geeta Goel is Director, Mission Investing at Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) at New Delhi, India. She has been in this job almost for 4 years now. At Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Geeta is responsible for the leading the foundation’s global Mission Investing function. Prior to this role, Geeta led the foundation’s Family Economic Stability initiative representing the foundation on several investee boards, including that of Janalakshmi, Ujjivan, Micro Housing Finance Corporation and Swadhaar. Before MSDF Geeta spent more than 12 years with the corporate finance group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in India, advising large Indian and multinational clients on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, business plans, and valuations. She is an alumni of the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi).
Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd.
Vivek Prakash is the AVP CSR at Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd. A post graduate in Labour and Social Welfare from Patna University, he acquired knowledge in community development and social initiatives and commands over some 20 years of experience in the manufacturing sector. He is very deep into things CSR. VIVEK really cares about the cause of Social Services. He knows about Sustainable Development, Strategy, Proposal Writing, Nonprofits, Community Development, and Social Entrepreneurship. He has also helped publish a Handbook for Health workers who are working at Grassroot level to take care of Mother and Child. He knows English, Hindi and Gujarati.
Cheif Programme Executive & Convener, NFCSR
Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs
Gayatri Subramaniam is Cheif Programme Executive & Convener, NFCSR, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, New Delhi. She has academic and industrial experience of more than 29 years. She is associated with Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs since its inception. She has worked as a Visiting Faculty for Business Communication and Personality Development in various Management and Technology Institutes in Delhi and Outside Delhi. Also she has been a part of National Institute of Open Schooling, Delhi in various capacities. In addition she has been a part of Delhi University plus a part of IGNOU and CBSE as an expert in vocational subjects.
ICTA, Sri Lanka
Sujith Jayasuriya has more than 13 years of industry experience with expertise in Programme, Project and Technology Management with passion to deliver enterprise and national level high quality solutions. Sujith has experiences in both private and public sectors and has involved in complete life cycle of enterprise and national level solution implementations. Sujith holds a B.Sc. in Applied Sciences and a MBA in Management of Technology. He is also a Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS).
Sujith joined ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) as a Project Officer and now serving as a Programme Manager mainly in the area of digital infrastructure development. Apart from this, he is heading the internal technical team which provides technical consultancy and assistance across all ICT initiatives. Maintenance of middle-ware applications including the citizen portal is also under his purview.
Knowledge and experience in Project and Programme Management in enterprise and national level initiatives.
Experience in driving and managing the complete software project life cycle.
Experience in Business Analysis and Technology Management with experience in engaging in consultative capacity.
Customer facing, vendor management, procurement management and contract management experience.
Team Player and a Team Leader with very high standards of Personal Integrity.
Excellent Written, Verbal and Communication Skills.
Business & Community Foundation
Amita Joseph is currently associated with the Business & Community Foundation, a leading civil society organisation in India working on promoting responsible business practice through education, advocacy and open public discourse as Director. She has a background in management, a degree in law from Delhi University & postgraduation in Human Rights from the Law Institute. She has worked both in the corporate, legal & development sectors over three decades. Amita is on a number of non profit organisation boards such as MESH, CRB, SRUTI, AAM Foundation and is also associated with BCF (Business & Community Foundation) a leading Civil society organisation in India working on promoting responsible business practise through education, advocacy, open public discourses, work with management institutes, training, lectures, publications, etc.
DLF Foundation, Gurgaon.
He is an MBA as well as MSW (Master of Social Work). Mr. Joseph has 20 years of work experience in Corporate Social Responsibility, (CSR), social sector project management, PR & communication and Administration. He has specialized expertise in CSR arena including government regulations & CSR rules, setting CSR objectives, developing CSR policy, formulating CSR strategies etc. His specific expertise also include CSR Communications. He brings immense international experience in managing social sector projects and programs, attained during repeated project visits to over 19 countries of Asia, Africa, America and Europe.
Independent Management Expert
With a background in Civil Engineering and Environmental Management PG qualification, Rajib Kumar Debnath is a Member of Leaders Excellence, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a management service offering professional, in his individual capacity. He has over 20 years of experience in providing advisory/audit services on Sustainability; CSR/Development; Environmental, Social & Governance; Supply Chain; Renewable Energy & Green Climate Fund, apart from others. Since the last few years, he has been in leadership roles and has over 15 years of experience in leading and growing the “Sustainability and Development/CSR” service streams of Indian/Regional chapters of consulting majors Deloitte, EY and Grant Thornton.
He had written a book on “Societal Governance and Reporting in India” which had been published by ICFAI, Hyderabad. While his views on his areas of expertise quite often finds a mention in various leading Indian/international business newspapers, he is also quite often invited as an expert in various national/international conferences to present his views and facilitate in national level policy making matters. He has been associated with a lot of organizations, in the past that have been conferring CSR and Sustainability awards as a knowledge expert, the most prominent amongst them being – Assocham’s and FICCI’s national level CSR awards that is conferred to the best performing corporate.
While by profession, Rajib is in for profit organizations, the passion of doing something constructive for the needy & under-privileged has always been in his DNA and always therefore extends his support to the ones who are less privileged.
Niki Das is a development professional with a rich and vivid experience in conceptualizing and implementing skill development programmes.
Her journey started with Smile Foundation and she was instrumental in successfully implementing a sustainable model, bringing more than 60 training centres under the umbrella of Smile Foundation, and partnering with various ministries and corporate CSR projects. I was part of Livelihood Training program for youths and for Mission Education program for underprivileged children.
Since 2014, she has been actively working on catalysing various livelihood models in Capgemini CSR, wherein she is providing critical impetus to Capgemini CSR in scaling-up, partnering and implementing various skills program and innovative livelihood models. Currently she is leading the CSR Employability and managing skill development programs with the India team and also part of employee engagement initiatives at Pan India for employees.
NetImpact Solutions and IOT Infotainment
Pallavi Mohan is a Senior Executive, Marketing Leader & Strategist having more than 18 years of rich marketing experience across diverse industries including Electronics, Consulting and Food & Beverage. She has extensive exposure across a gamut of areas including Sales, Business Operations, Strategic Retail/Trade Marketing, Corporate Communication & Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility. She is adept in identifying internal as well as external customer needs, addressing gaps and subsequently defining strategies within stipulated budgets. She has demonstrated excellence in leveraging market. She drives teams, collaborating with cross-functional resources and engages with external agencies while ensuring alignment of business goals. Her strength lies in out of the box thinking. She builds strong liaison & relationship with stakeholders and key decision makers. She has excellent interpersonal communication, relationship management and analytical skills.
K. K. Upadhyay
National Skills Foundation of India (NSFI)
Dr. K. K.Upadhyay is a seasoned professional with over 3 decades of experience in the development sector across Corporate, Not For-Profits and Government. Presently associated with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Delhi as Head – Corporate Social Responsibility. He has also served as Guest Faculty at Institute of Chartered Accountant India (Certificate Course on CSR), Sharda University, Amity University, Tara Livelihood Academy and MIT-Gurgaon. He has successfully executed major initiatives like Mother Dairy Fruits and Vegetable – “Safal”, “Aapni Yojana” – Rajasthan, Bastar Integrated Development Project for Royal Danish Embassy and Health of the Urban Poor Program for USAID. Dr. Upadhyay currently heads the FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence.
Chief Financial Officer- India Region
Sunil Sayal’s tryst with the Finance functions spans close to three decades and is finely balanced between some well-known Indian names and Global ones. He has worked in different facets of the Finance function starting with organizations like, Voltas, HCL Group, Ranbaxy Group, and Ericsson where he spent fourteen years. Currently, he is the CFO for Region India at Nokia Networks. He has been a regular on various panels organized by the Financial Media, Chambers of Commerce, Business Schools and Consulting firms sharing his views on topics of current interest with the industry. He is currently the President of the Shared Services Forum and till recently was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Delhi Management Association (DMA), a position he held for five years starting from 2010. He was also on the “Direct Taxes Committee” and the “Committee for Members in Industry of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for two years as the Industry representative. He is actively associated with a well-known NGO (Seva Mandir) in Udaipur advising them on financial matters.
Sunil is an alumnus of SRCC, University of Delhi. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Delhi University.
The online process of accepting nominations for the 13th Manthan Award SOUTH ASIA starts from August 18, 2016. Every nomination is required to submit a ‘Product Demo’ presentation as well as a ‘How to use’ Video. The Manthan Award South Asia brings together the best ICT for Development experts from South Asia region as jurors, to deliberate and decide upon the award-winning digital interventions and e-content in the region.
The nomination and jury process is transparent and fair, and has drawn support from leading corporate and government players in the SOUTH ASIA region since 2003.
- There are No Charges applicable for nominating any project in Manthan Award South Asia Nomination processes.
- There are no limitation on submitted number of Nomination from any organisation i.e. one can submit’n’ number of nominations for different project from one organisation.
- Manthan Award South Asia, being applicable across South Asia region invites Best Practioners from all 8 South Asia countries to nominate for the best ICT innovations from their countries.
- The Manthan Awards are open to any of the following in the SOUTH ASIA region.
- Industry (Private Sector Companies/Corporate)
- Academician and Academic institutions
No direct entries from Bangladesh for the Manthan Awards South Asia will be entertained from this year. All entries from the country will only be allowed through BRAC Manthan Digital Innovation Award (BMDIA), a collaborative initiative of BRAC and DEF (http://brac.manthanaward.org).
The winners of the BRAC Manthan Digital Innovation Award (BMDIA) will get direct entry to the Grand Jury of the Manthan Award South Asia.
- Winning Nominees of past years cannot submit the same project again at Manthan Award South Asia 2016.
- The same project can be applied again if it was not a winning entry of any of the past 12 editions.
- Any partner to Manthan Award South Asia is eligible to apply for the Nomination process of any of their project as Jury is completely an independent process, irrespective of Manthan Award South Asia stakeholders.
- Any false information submitted about the project will immediately lead to permanent disqualification of the Nominee.
- Irrespective of the product/project language, all producer and project information must be in English only.
- Any nomination form received after the last date of registration will not be entertained.
- Any partially filled/not filled registration form will be rejected.
- Nomination form shall be submitted either online or offline (via email), however we recommend you to choose online method to take the advantage of update/editing filled information.
- Please note that either a PPT or a small video about the project is a mandatory requirement of the Nomination form.
- Any applicant may edit/modify the details in the Nomination form till the last date of accepting the Nomination form using their credentials.
- The fields marked mandatory in nomination forms are necessary to be filled by the nominee.
- Any Nomination entry without Video or the PPT shall be considered as an incomplete entry & will not be counted for the final stage of Jury evaluation.
- The entry will not be considered if any nominee fails to submit the entire details of the nomination forms till the last date of Nomination.
- A Nominee shall consider the following documents to send with the completed nomination form-
- Presentation (covering information about the project they have applied for) [Mandatory]
- Logo of the project [Mandatory]
- Video on the project [Mandatory]
- Brief profile of Producer[optional]
- Screenshots of website, images, real site photos
- All materials received during the judging process will remain confidential & will not be shared with any external entity without the consent of the concerned person(s).
- All the materials received [PPTs, Videos, Screenshots, Photos etc.] during the nomination can be used by Manthan Award SOUTH ASIA Secretariat to produce any internal or winning project information/knowledge videos.
- Jury Evaluation shall be organized in October 2016.
- All shortlisted Nominees shall get information about their nomination in the last week of October 2016.
- Online Registration & Exhibition booking will be open from October 2016.
- Manthan Award South Asia 2016 event is scheduled to take place on 25th February, 2017 at Surajkund Mela venue, Surajkund, Haryana, (not very far from New Delhi, India).
- Content and services: Quantify the quality of content and services delivery, relevance of content and its utility value.
- Impact, accessibility and sustainability: Quantify and qualify the social impact and the commercial viability of the application. Accessibility of the system, technology, interface and its inclusive nature for all kinds of users
- Functionality/navigation: Please highlight the user-friendliness and interactive nature of the application.
- USP and strategic value: Please focus on the uniqueness of the idea and easiness of strategy replication.
- Benefit and utility: Please describe the real benefit to last mile users.
- Overall Experience: The overall experience of the user about the project or service or content delivery
Each Award Category will be judged by a Panel of Jurors. The Jury Panel comprises eminent experts from the private and public sectors, industries and the academia who are selected on the basis of their overall insight on the subjects and domain. The Jury is always a mix of diversity, language, region, gender and sector.
- The process of evaluation commences from the closing date of nominations.
- The initial judging is through an online review of the nominations by the Virtual Jury Panel.
- In the main Jury, the Jurors’ Panel is expected to go through all the nominations in the final stage and give them a score according to their criteria.
- Jurors of the respective award categories have the right to modify the judging criteria to suit the respective category in consultation with the Judging Chairman of the Awards.
- The Jurors Panel, in consultation with the Awards Chairman may transfer any nomination received to another category, to ensure ‘best fit’.
- The decision of the Jury is final and binding.
- Jury holds the right to contact any eligible nominee for their doubt/queries regarding the project.
- The Jurors panel reserves the right to declare ‘Not eligible’ if a nomination does not meet the standards.
- The final results only will be announced during the Awards Gala.
Each nomination will be assessed according to the following criteria:
- Award nominations submitted by individuals on behalf of public or private sector organizations, university, or research and development institutions and non-government organizations will be considered.
- Any nominated project has to complete at least 4 months on-ground by August, 2016. Start-ups can send their new launched projects started after 1st July, 2016 in our new category called Early Stage.
- Award Nominations only from South Asia region will be considered.
- Award nominations from past year winners for the same project will not be considered.
- Award nominations must provide clear and concrete information about your initiative, organization, the team involved.
- Any single entry of nomination will not be considered under multiple categories.
- Irrespective of the product/project language, all producer and project information must be in English.
- No direct entries from Bangladesh for the Manthan Awards South Asia will be entertained from this year. All entries from the country will only be allowed through BRAC Manthan Digital Innovation Award (BMDIA), a collaborative initiative of BRAC and DEF. (brac.manthanaward.org/)
The winners of the BRAC Manthan Digital Innovation Award (BMDIA) will get direct entry to the Grandy Jury of the Manthan Award South Asia.
Organiser – DEFIndia
Digital Empowerment Foundation aims to connect unreached and underserved communities of India in an effort to bring them out of digital darkness and empower them with information access through last mile connectivity, digital literacy and digital interventions. With the motto to ‘Inform, Communicate and Empower,’ DEF aims to find sustainable ICT solutions to overcome information poverty in remote and rural locations of India. In an effort to achieve this aim, DEF has adopted a multi-stakeholder approach and a six-fold path to enable communities, governments, schools, civil society organisations and micro-enterprises to avail the benefits of the Information Age. Under this six-fold programme approach, DEF initiates projects in the areas of Access & Infrastructure; Education & Empowerment; Governance & Citizen Services; Markets & Social Enterprises; Knowledge Hub & Network; Research & Advocacy.
Strategic Partners – MINT
Mint is one of India’s premium business news publications – 76% of Mint readers do not read another business paper, making Mint a critical reach vehicle for the top end audience. Mint is the clear No.2 among business papers in terms of readership. Representative of an integrated newsroom, www.livemint.com is Mint’s online portal and is among the fastest growing news websites in India. Livemint provides daily national, international and business news, tracks market movements and detailed coverage of significant events. The site has evolved multimedia features like videos, podcasts and slideshows. Mint comes out with a premium weekend magazine Lounge that focuses on the lifestyle, passions and other related interests of readers. Lounge is known to avoid run on the mill stories and is immensely popular.
The Digital India programme is a flagship programme of the Government of India with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The journey of e-Governance initiatives in India took a broader dimension in mid 90s for wider sectoral applications with emphasis on citizen-centric services. Later on, many States/UTs started various e-Governance projects. Though these e-Governance projects were citizen-centric, they could make lesser than the desired impact. Government of India launched National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) in 2006. 31 Mission Mode Projects covering various domains were initiated. Despite the successful implementation of many e-Governance projects across the country, e-Governance as a whole has not been able to make the desired impact and fulfil all its objectives. It has been felt that a lot more thrust is required to ensure e-Governance in the country promote inclusive growth that covers electronic services, products, devices and job opportunities. Moreover, electronic manufacturing in the country needs to be strengthened.
In order to transform the entire ecosystem of public services through the use of information technology, the Government of India has launched the Digital India programme with the vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
The World Summit Award (WSA) is a global activity to select and promote the world’s best e-Content and most innovative ICT applications. It offers a worldwide platform for all who value the creative use of ICTs and who are committed to making today’s information society more inclusive. WSA was initiated by Austria in 2003 in the framework of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and is organised by a global partner network, coordinated by the International Center for New Media. WSA partners come from governments, private sector and civil society in over 178 UN member states.
BRAC is the largest non-governmental development organisation in the world, measured by the number of employees and the number of people it has helped. It is dedicated to empowering people living in poverty. Brac operate across 11 countries, touching the lives of 1 in every 55 people.
Brac’s Vision is to see a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination where everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential and its Mission is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice. Its interventions aim to achieve large scale, positive changes through economic and social programmes that enable men and women to realise their potential.
Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan is a network of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professionals and practitioners, that focuses on the relevance of ICTs and implementation of ICT solutions for sustainable development and strengthening human rights movements in the country. At the forefront of Internet Rights movement and struggle for the democracy, B4A has been actively working in the field since 2003, focusing on field projects and policy advocacy from the perspective of civil liberties, as well as on capacity building of human rights defenders on their digital security, online safety and privacy. B4A is a legally registered non-profit, non-governmental organisation.
Federation of Computer Association Nepal (CAN Federation) was formed in May 1992 but was formally registered in December 1992 with the involvement of professionals, specialists, manufacturers, institutions and related organizations from the Information Communication Technology sector in Nepal. It is the umbrella organization with membership base ranging from ICT Institutions, Associations to Individuals working in this sector. A representative of the private sector of the association also works closely with the government as the President of CAN Federation is member of the IT Council of Nepal headed by Prime Minister. It works along the lines of an autonomous, non-political, non-partisan, non-profitable and service oriented.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an increasingly powerful tool for participating in global markets, promoting political accountability, improving the delivery of basic services and enhancing local development opportunities. However, without an innovative ICT strategy many people will be left behind. The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka is the single apex body involved in ICT policy and direction for the nation. Wholly owned by the Government of Sri Lanka, ICTA is the implementing organization of the e-Sri Lanka Initiative. Major donors including the World Bank will be funding a number of the Agency’s initiatives.
The Optimist Citizen
‘The Optimist Citizen’ is India’s first Purely Positive Newspaper presenting only Positive News and Optimistic Stories from around the world ranging from inspiring stories, to stories of unsung heroes, good governance, achievements, acts of courage, and everything that can create optimism and bring back hope in society. It is a newspaper that chooses to bury all the bad and negative news, by bringing out positive stories from around the globe, to show that there is more good happening than bad. “The Optimist Citizen” is neither an investment by a big firm nor a sister paper of some leading daily, but is an outcome of frustration of youth channelizing their energies in the right direction. The Optimist Citizen is an initiative to revive the essence of news and journalism i.e. to create awareness, hope, truth and change. The Optimist Citizen aims to inculcate and induce hope and optimism in society, so that our readers start their day cheerfully. It has done more than 400 positive stories of unsung heroes, extraordinary achievers, good acts, initiatives, innovations and projects and have been able to create a huge positive impact letting everybody know that, there is so much good happening in this country and we all can do so much more.
INOMY is a Media and Technology company providing services like e-content, e-learning, Documentary Film Making, Web and Online Software Development, Web Designing, Designing, Printing and content development at various levels. It was formed in 1999 to focus on the emerging new economy, information economy, and knowledge society. INOMY started with publishing e-newsletter and later expanding itself in publishing e-books, and other formal electronic.
Internet media is active for the last 2 decades and it is coming out in new design. In Hindi speaking states, it is in infancy stage of Internet journalism. Looking at possibilities of Internet journalism first Hindi Internet newspaper MPPost was started from 1st January, 2005.