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Framing access and power at Stockholm Internet Forum 2017

Global, Pakistan

The Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 focused their discussions on the links between access and power. In this article Shaikh Rafia Sarwar examines how access is linked to women's empowerment and particularly their economic empowerment. And whether the debate around access should focus on economic, cultural and social empowerment of women through and outside technology, rather than ensuring access to devices and internet via civil society projects.

Women's Legal and Human Rights Bureau (Philippines)


The Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB) is a feminist legal non-government organization from Philippines composed of women’s rights activists and advocates since 1990.

Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)

The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is a dynamic network of people and organization around the world with a join goal to cause policy, institutional and individual change that will improve the lives of women and girls everywhere. The Strategic communications program is one of three main programmatic areas of AWID. This program aims to harness the expertise of AWID's membership and highlight their on-the-ground knowledge, experiences and views. AWID also runs a thematic program, which is dedicated to new technologies and their impacts on women's rights.

Global Alliance for ICT & Development

The Global Alliance for ICT & Developement (GAID) is a 2006, United Nations Secretary General approved initiative. The creation of GAID resulted from consensus reached during previous summits about the importance of information and communication technologies (ICT) in achieving the Millenium Development Goals. The Global Alliance functions as a partnership and network supported by the United Nations, under the authority of the Secretary-General and the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

OneWorld South Asia

Asia-Pacific, South & Central Asia

The OneWorld network spans five continents and produces content in 11 different languages, published across its international site, regional editions, and thematic channels on human rights and sustainable development. OneWorld South Asia produces content from the South to widen the participation of the world's poorest and most marginalised peoples in the global debate.

IT For Change

Asia-Pacific, South & Central Asia

TfC (IT For Change) is a non-profit organisation located in India that envisions a society capable of, and comfortable with, innovative and effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT) as a tool, to further goals of progressive social change. They are a network of development professionals committed to engage with the on-going technology and development discourse by reviewing, interpreting and critiquing existing approaches and conceptualizing alternatives to blend technological possibilities with development realities in the South.

Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme


The Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (APDIP) is an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that aims to promote the development and application of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for poverty alleviation and sustainable human development in the Asia-Pacific region.


The 2015-16 Affordability Report

By Alliance for Affordable Internet

The 2015-16 Affordability Report looks at the affordability environment across 51 countries, considers the effects of poverty and income inequality and takes a close look at gender inequality in access to the internet. A4AI considers that the connectivity lag will undermine global development across the board, contributing to lost opportunities for economic growth and denying hundreds of millions access to online education, health services, political voice, and much more.

Social Outsourcing as a Development Tool

By Richard Heeks Asia-Pacific

This paper assesses the impact of a social outsourcing initiative operated by the government of Kerala State, 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 sustainability of the initiative, the research finds that social outsourcing has delivered new jobs, incomes and empowerment into low-income communities.


"What went wrong?" Anita Gurumurthy's statement at the closing ceremony of WSIS plus 10 review

By Anita Gurumurthy

The statement by Anita Gurumurthy, Executive Director, IT for Change, at the closing ceremony of WSIS plus 10 review held by UNESCO from 25th to 27th February, 2013, starts questioning _"what went wrong?"_ in the last decade since the internet should have been been equalising social and economic opportunity. Why did the internet, and the information society phenomenon not do what it was supposed to do?