The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other. In 2016, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.
With the announcement of Digital India Program and with the cheap, handy tools like smartphones ICT has now finally reached the door steps of Rural India. Such untapped section of the population (almost 27% of total population of India) had started realizing the opportunities that were presented by connectivity. There is a need to have a methodical knowledge-sharing system which ensured that users do not loose themselves in the vast jungle of the internet. The Atma (Soul) of Rural India is of course Agriculture, and today many applications like MKisan MyRML are available for Agri. Extension, Rural developmentThe success story of Digital Platforms created by MGIRI for holistic Rural Empowerment and how we are reaching Stakeholders through our Digital Rural Empowerment Program is shared in this presentation