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Mahiti Manthana - Reimagining a women's empowerment programme through digital technologies

Anita Gurumurthy, Parminder Jeet Singh, Aparna Kalley, Chinmayi Arakali and Krupa Thimmaiah
Think-pieces
- 2010

This article looks back at the Mahiti Manthana project, a joint project of IT for Change and Mahila Samakhya Karnataka which explores how women's mobilisation and organising processes can be strengthened through new Information and Communication Technologies...

 

Reclaiming development in the information society

Anita Gurumurthy, Parminder Jeet Singh
Research Papers and Reports
- 2010

This research paper is part of the collection of essays In search of economic alternatives for gender and social justice: Voices from India which highlights some common guiding principles for alternative economic practice and building blocks for an alternative...

 

Reframing Southern feminism(s): An information society perspective

Anita Gurumurthy
Presentations
- 2010

Anita Gurumurthy delivered two lectures on the interface between Gender and the Information Society on 25-26 March 2010 in Malaysia. At the Women's Development Research Centre (Kanita) in the University Sains Malaysia...

 

Understanding gender in a digitally transformed world

Anita Gurumurthy
Think-pieces
- 2010

Beyond the widespread economic and access-centred approach to ICTs, this think piece addresses the need to think about ICTs as a social phenomenon which impacts each of us, whether we actively use ICTs or not. ICTs have an important emancipatory potential for marginalised...

 

From social enterprises to mobiles—Seeking a peg to hang a premeditated ICTD theory

Anita Gurumurthy
Think-pieces
- 2010

In this article published in International Technology and International Development (Special edition on the Harvard Forum II), Anita Gurumurthy offers a macro-structural critique that derives from an analysis of some policy texts, as well as from the first-hand...

 

From a public Internet to the Internet mall

Parminder Jeet Singh
Commentaries
- 2010

Parminder Jeet Singh wrote an article for the Economic & Political Weekly, commenting on the future of the Internet after agreements between telecom companies and specific websites (e.g. Google and Verizon in the US or Facebook and Airtel in India), which...

 

'The potential for open development for Canada and abroad' - A public panel organised by IDRC

Anita Gurumurthy
Presentations
- 2010

Anita Gurumurthy (IT for Change) represented IT for Change at the IDRC Public Panel on ‘The potential for open development for Canada and abroad’ held in Ottawa (Canada) on 5 May 2010. The panel discussion addressed issues such as unequal access to technology,...

 

Open but not public - Social membership in information society as a club good

Parminder Jeet Singh, Anita Gurumurthy
Commentaries
- 2010

Prepared for a workshop on Open Development organised by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa (Canada) in May 2010, the paper presents a comprehensive critique of the concept of openness, taken from the technology discourse. The paper critically...

 

ICTs in social protection systems – Making the strategic choices first

Parminder Jeet Singh
Policy Documents
- 2010

This policy brief was originally prepared as an expert input for the 'Regional Conference on Delivering Social Protection to Unorganised Workers', held in Bengaluru (India) in November 2010, and organised by the Department of Labour (Government of Karnataka) and GTZ (...

 

A policy framework for community telecentres in India - Building on the experience of different projects

IT for Change
Policy Documents
- 2010

India is known as an IT powerhouse but still has the largest number of poor people in any country in the world. India’s experience with policies for digital inclusion may thus offer some useful lessons for other developing countries. This policy brief looks at a range of...

 

Impact assessment study on the 'Regional resource centre for elementary education' (RRCE)

Gurumurthy Kasinathan with Bindu Thirumalai and Krittika Vishwanath
Research Papers and Reports
- 2010

The objectives of this study are two-fold: (1) conduct an impact assessment of the project of the Regional resource centre for elementary education (RRCE), and (2) make...

 

ICT programmes in school education: PPP models vs. integrated approach

Gurumurthy Kasinathan
Research Papers and Reports
- 2010

The study of two large 'ICTs programmes in School Education' (IPSE) programmes of neighboring Indian states reveals some interesting insights. The integrated model followed in Kerala's IT@Schools programme, which focused on developing systemic in-house capabilities...

 

ICT programmes in schools in Yadgir District

Gurumurthy Kasinathan, Krittika Vishwanath
Research Papers and Reports
- 2010

IT for Change was commissioned to design and carry out a study on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) programmes in schools in the Yadgir and Sedam...

 

Teachers' Communities of Learning project, 2010-2011

IT for Change
Project Frameworks
- 2010

IT for Change (ITfC), along with the Department of State Research Education and Training (DSERT), and Policy Planning Unit (PPU) and Development Focus (DF) (a...

 

Advocacy for a progressive national e-governance standards policy

IT for Change
Advocacy Statements
- 2010

IT for Change (ITfC) played an important role in campaigning efforts to bring to the Government of India's notice that the use of non-royalty-based open standards in e-governance are basic to ensuring people's right to information in a digital age.

 

'The Status of Women - Reflections on Two Decades of Change' - A national level consultation organised by Mahila Samakhya Karnataka

Anita Gurumurthy
Presentations
- 2009
Reflecting on the status of women in the past two decades at the consultation organised by Mahila Samakhya Karnataka on 7 March 2009, Anita Gurumurthy articulates a trajectory for gender and development, through the lens of historical phenomena like neo-conservativism and the transnational...

 

Employment of ICTs towards effective realisation of MDGs

Anita Gurumurthy
Presentations
- 2009
Paper presented for the Commission on Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues of  the World IT Forum (WITFOR). The presentation emphasises the gender gap not just in terms of connectivity to the internet, but also access to the sophistication of ICTs. Identifying various factors detrimental to women...

 

Girls' economic rights and empowerment

IT for Change
Media Articles
- 2009

This paper was written for Plan International's Annual Report, entitled 'Because I am a Girl'. For girls and young women, especially in the global south, ICT access and its effective use provide new avenues in their journeys towards economic empowerment. This paper unpacks some...

 

Input to the Sakhi-Jagori Consultation on 'New technologies and new forms of violence against women and girls'

Anita Gurumurthy
Presentations
- 2009

Anita Gurumurthy wrote a note for the Sakhi-Jagori Consultation on 'New technologies and new forms of violence against women and girls' that took place in Trivandrum (Kerala, India) on 27-28 March 2009. The note identifies emerging debates around personhood and privacy...

 

Recasting the Beijing Platform for Action through the information society lens

Anita Gurumurthy with Parminder Jeet Singh and Anja Kovacs
Position papers
- 2009

This document was an input into the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) High-Level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Review of Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action.