Building an Digital Empowered Society
The major obstacle in any under-developed region is the right source of information at the right time at right cost, as well as coordination between the various development groups (educational, research, GOs, NGOs, CBOs etc.) We are working towards, strengthening intra-regional network for the overall growth of the region. SFID has been working to bridge the growing DIGITAL DIVIDE and to bring the IT from Classes to Masses under its ICT4D programs. Our globally recognized and locally relevant ICT4D (ICT for Development) projects are:
C-LIFTT (Center for Local Information Facility for Technology Transfer):
In 1997-98, we established the first North Indian, self-sustainable rural digital resource center for information dissemination for and to promote eco-friendly technologies for local educated youths of the Garhwal Hills. The project was short listed for the Stockholm Challenge Award, Sweden in the first round in year 2000.
GN-2000 (Garhwal Knowledge Network)
Under APMN (Asia Pacific Mountain Network), a knowledge based project to network NGOs and CBOs working in the Garhwal Himalayan region was implemented with financial support from ICIMOD, Nepal.
Developing Multipurpose Knowledge and Rural Tele-Centers
SFID has been working on the concept of developing integrated rural Tele/Knowledge Centers for the rural regions.
It was recognized by UNESCO, TeleCener.org, IIT- Roorkee, Govt of Bihar,Uttarakhand and Rajasthan and Digital Partner Inc./Seattle for its innovation, viability and scalability for the betterment of the local communities.
SFID also helped the local administration to develop a concept note on PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Area) and has been invited by various state Govts. to assist them in developing CSC (Common Service Centers) in their respective states.
To address and check the problem of growing e-Waste in the country and linking that with Women and Digital Empowerment, project SITA was launched by Honorable Governor Shri Sudarshal Agarwal of Uttarakhand, where recycled and reused computers were donated by prestigious Doon School under their CSR program.
POLICY AND CONSULTING :
We sit on a number of regional and global platforms like GKP (Global Knowledge Partnership), GCNP (Global Community Networking), WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society), ITiRA, Panos SA, Oneworld SA, GIPI, Bella-NET, APC etc. to help them in developing their policies and programs for Information rich , digitally empowered and socially and fincncially inclusive societies.