Communication and development
The remarkable experiences of rural women using ICTs as depicted in this video are a result of a responsive intervention by UNESCO under its research project "Putting ICTs in tha Hands of the Poor". UNESCO believes that it is important to critically examine the ways in which the poor can benefit from the new information and communication technologies (ICTs).
Through this project, UNESCO seeks to find answers to questions such as:
In what ways can we conbine different media and link them to already-established local social networks to improve the situation of the poor?
In what ways can ICTs be used to strengthen social networks, or develop them where they are lacking?
In what ways can technological interventions be used to change or challenge social norms inhibiting the disadvantaged and marginalised people?
In what ways can we use ICTs to help build local organising capacity, and to enable marginalised communities to become visible, have a choice and gain access to information and knowledge that can improve their lives and livelihoods?
The film is based on the following UNESCO Research Project sites:
Namma Diwani Local ICT Network (Budikote, KolarDistrict, Karnataka India) combines a radio studio, an audio cable network that delivers radio to local households, and a telecentre with computers, internet connectivity and other multimedia tools. It is run by and centred on a network of women's self-help groups (SHG) and linked to a government school and a local development resource centre. Daily community radio programming addresses local information and communication needs, drawing on a variety of multimedia resources, like websites and CD-ROMs
ICT Learning Centre for Women (Seelampur, New Delhi, India) is an open learning centre for girls and women located at an inner-city madarsa (Islamic school) in a high-density, low-income area of New Delhi. Interactive multimedia content is developed and used to support vocational and life-skills training, to provide right-based information to poor girls and women and to build their awareness of health issues and livelihood opportunities.
Nabanna: Networking Rural Women and Knowledge (Baduria, North 24 Parganas District, West Bengal, India) uses grassroots processes to build information-sharing networks among low-income, rural women. Networking is done face-to-face through regular meetings as well as throught web- and print-materials, linking women and their groups from different parts of this geographically distinct municipality. Focus areas include agriculture, environment, health, sanitation, family planning, education, literacy and rule of law."