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Social Outsourcing as a Development Tool

Richard Heeks
Richard Heeks on 23 June, 2011 - 08:53
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Richard Heeks is Professor of Development Informatics in the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, UK. He is Director of the University's Centre for Development Informatics.

This paper assesses the impact of a social outsourcing initiative operated by the governmenti of Kerala Statei, India. Part of this outsources information technology (IT) services to dozens of cooperatives of women from below-poverty-line families in order to improve their socio-economic status. While raising questions about sustainabilityi of the initiative, the research finds that social outsourcing has delivered new jobs, incomes and empowermenti into low-income communities.

 

CITIGEN: April 2011 Review Workshop Report.

on 22 June, 2011 - 11:01
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The report collects inputs from the workshop organized by IT for Change in April 2011 in New Delhi. The workshop was the part of Asia-wide research programme 'Gender iand Citizenship in the Information Society i(CITIGEN)' and brought together researchers, scholars and practitioners to share their views on democracy and women's participation, new articulations of citizenship in the information society and other issues at stake. The CITIGEN programme seeks to inform policyi and practice through research and focuses on five thematic areas: local resistance and global solidarities; emancipation and the neo-liberal feminine subject; gender and public discourse in the emerging public spheres; new paradigms of local governancei and participatory development; and technology governance and gender politics.

 

Gender and citizenship in the information society

Arpita Joshi
Arpita Joshi on 22 June, 2011 - 10:12
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Arpita Joshi works currently with IT for Change as a Research Associate in the area of gender. Her areas of interest include women's empowerment, women and violence, globalisation and governance reforms, development induced displacement. Arpita is based in Bangalore, India.

Arpita Joshi reports on a recent workshop organized by IT for Change, her home organization, in April 2011 in New Delhi. The workshop was the part of Asia-wide research programme 'Gender iand Citizenship in the Information Society i(CITIGEN)' and brought together researchers, scholars and practitioners to share their views on democracy and women's participation, new articulations of citizenship in the information society and other issues at stake.

Pakistan: Violence against Women and ICT

Access to mobile technology is increasing rapidly in Pakistan, and women are also gaining access, albeit at a slower rate than men. Kyla Pasha examines how mobile technology is ripe for use in strategies of empowermenti, as long as access to technology is accompanied by training and orientation.

 

Feminist Tech Exchange - using technology in activism on women's rights (video, 15mins)

Dafne Sabanes Plou
Dafne Sabanes Plou on 7 March, 2011 - 15:03 · Africa
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Dafne works as the APC women's programme regional coordinator in Latin America. She is a journalist and long-time women's rights activist. Dafne lives just outside of Buenos Aires.

Dafne Plou presents on how dozens of Feminist Technology Exchanges - a series of capacity building workshops - are building the skills of women's rightsi organisations to use information and communication technologies in campaigning, monitoring and documentation to end violence against womeni. This presentation was part of the "Take Back The Tech!i Reclaiming technology for women's rightsi" session at the 55th Commission on the Status of Women, on 25 February 2011.

 

STOP MOTION PROJECT – When does the violence begin?

on 21 February, 2011 - 11:15
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The three-part video campaign STOP MOTION PROJECT – When does the violence begin? aims to encourage discussion and promote awareness on violence against womeni through creative storytelling and the use of stop-motion animation. The mission of STOP MOTION PROJECT is to empower and support organisations and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTis) for the purpose of ending violence against women (VAW).

 

EROTICS: Exploratory research on sexuality and the internet - summary report

What is the value of the interneti in the exercise of sexual rightsi? From 2008 to 2010, the EROTICSi research sought to answer this question, aiming to bridge the gap between policyi and legislative measures that regulate content and practice on the internet, and the actual lived practices, experiences and concerns of internet users in the exercise of their sexual rights. The summary report provides an overview of the research, and surfaces the key areas of concern, interest and findings of five national studies in Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and the United Stateis. They give a compelling glimpse into the richness of the research universe, and the complexity of the subject.

 

Open Institute Cambodia

The Open Institute is a non-governmential and not-for-profit organization that works toward widespread access to high quality education, information, communication, and technology, in the belief that this will lead to a more developed and just society.
The mission of the organization is to ensure that the benefits of technology for social and economic advance are available to in Cambodian society. At present, the Open Institute's main programs are: Women Empowermenti for Social Change, Open Schools, Khmer Software Initiative, Mirror Publication, Lexicography and River of Knowledge.

End Child Prostitution, Abuse and Trafficking (ECPAT) Cambodia

ECPAT-Cambodia's vision is the realization of the rights of all children to live free of child prostitution, abuse, child pornographyi and child trafficking for sexual purposes. It works to eliminate the commercial sexual exploitation of children through awareness raising, advocacyi, monitoring and the coordination of actions and sharing information among relevant stakeholders.

Gender Evaluation Methodology: Helping assess the gender impact of development work

Sonia Randhawa
Sonia Randhawa on 15 February, 2011 - 12:31
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Sonia Randhawa is an editor of GenderIT.org. She produces a community radio programme, Accent of Women, available at www.3cr.org.au, is a director of the Centre for Independent Journalism Malaysia (www.cijmalaysia.org) and a member of ISIS-International Manila.
GenderIT.org

“How exactly GEM can influence the discourse at the CSW, I think it is really to challenge the notion of development, or at least how governmentis understand it. “ The APC’s Angela Kuga Thas speaks with GenderIT.orgi editor about the Gender Evaluation Methodologyi, what it is and the value it adds to grassroots work on gender and ICTsi.

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