The India Digital Inclusion Program
Only 10% of Indians have access to the Internet. In order to stimulate long-term economic growth, the India Digital Inclusion Program offers accessible information and tools so that Indians in underserved communities can improve their standard of living, make informed choices, and build assets. International nonprofit One Global Economy and Indian nonprofit Pratham InfoTech implement the program to improve access to digital tools, offer key localized content, and back that up with training so that people may identify opportunities to improve their quality of life and conditions in their communities.
Thanks to support from the Symantec Corporation, the India Digital Inclusion Program launched in 2011 starting with two components:
Localized Community Development Content –The India Beehive
One Global Economy (OGE) and Pratham have launched a national community development website in Hindi and Marathi called the India Beehive. This site, created by and for local people, which is localized for Pune and Mumbai, contains resources and interactive tools that are most relevant to the community as determined through a locally-led community engagement process. The Beehive seeks to ensure that Indians have access to the information and tools that can help them take immediate action to improve their lives. The India Beehive features localized content, covering health, money, employment, agriculture, and education. Specifically, visitors discover how to create resumes, find hospitals, local transportation, job services, tourist sites, and information on opportunities in their communities.
India Beehive – Pune – launch, February 2012
See photos of the Mumbai launch event on April 6, 2013 here.
Digital Literacy & Leadership Training for Adolescents- Community Connectors
In Pune, One Global Economy and Pratham InfoTech facilitate technology adoption by offering youth technology and leadership training through an extensive curriculum tailored for the local realities. The Community Connectors training program has been translated into Marathi and offered in India since 2012. Through Community Connectors digital literacy training, OGE and partner Pratham Infotech Foundation have hired 18 Community Connectors trainers who have served 382 community members with digital literacy courses at Pratham computer centers. Additionally, 730 people have received IT adoption and Internet Security workshop training, and 2617 people have received soft skills employment training at Pratham’s computer centers. Participants who have experienced the digital literacy training have applied what they have learned to perform better in school and secure strong jobs. For example, Jyoti Khandagle developed the confidence and skills through a digital literacy training to become a full-time IT instructor at a public school in Yerwada, Pune.