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This is a presentation on ICT for development, presented to DFID, India for fund raising. This is a part of the United Nations Information Technology Services (UNITeS) programme. This programme was a …

This is a presentation on ICT for development, presented to DFID, India for fund raising. This is a part of the United Nations Information Technology Services (UNITeS) programme. This programme was a finalist in the Stockholm Challenge Award 2001

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  • 1. Promotion of citizen-centered Governance Using ICT tools United Nations Development Programme Sujit Mohanty UNITeS Project Coordinator UNDP Date: 26/03/2002 Presentation to DFID, India
  • 2. Background
    • Started as a joint initiative of
    • Panchayati Raj Dept., GoO and UNDP for establishing information centers in 13 cyclone affected blocks.
    • ICT for development team to support Government in Block, district and State in implementation of IT programmes.
    • ICT as a tool for providing access to quality information through information centers in rural areas.
    • Govt./ NGOs/ CBOs/ Panchayats playing the role of ‘hosts’ to provide hardware, infrastructure, volunteers.
    • Rural community, Farmers, PRI members, SHG groups are the key stakeholders and beneficiaries.
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  • 3. Self sustainable information centers
    • Panchayats, farmers groups,
    • youth clubs, CBOs as managers of the centers.
    • All centers are in partnership with Govt./ NGOs/ CBOs/ Panchayats with local and NYKS volunteers as facilitators.
    • PRI members, members of SHG groups, rural youth are trained on use of computer applications.
    • Each kiosk is generating a revenue of about Rs. 2000- 6000 every month to make it sustainable.
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  • 4. Services
    • Paid services viz. forms, guidelines, e-mail, online grievance are facilitated at the centers.
    • Dissemination of weather warnings, community preparedness plans, information on Governance, Agriculture, Health etc are being provided from the centers
    • Online communication services for better Governance.
    • Offline content in local language.
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  • 5. Content in local language United Nations Development Programme
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  • 7. Technical support to District admin
    • ICT Facilitators supporting
    • 5 district administration in implementing ICT programmes.
    • Formation of ICT societies in the district administration to facilitate e-Governance.
    • ICT Facilitators providing technical support to develop a business plan for the kiosks.
    • Strengthening DAOs (District Agriculture Office) to act as a service provider.
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  • 8. United Nations Development Programme
    • User friendly interface to be used at village level information kiosks.
    • Information on Agriculture best practices, development schemes, health issues etc.
    • Online communication service like grievance sharing, soil testing, farmers query system etc
  • 9. Online Grievance sharing
    • Features
    • Villager sends grievance from a village kiosk.
    • District Magistrate forwards the grievance to concerned authority.
    • District Magistrate keeps track of the status of all grievances.
    • Villager checks the status of grievance from time to time.
    United Nations Development Programme Mainstreaming the voice of the community…
  • 10. Catalyzing Soil testing mechanism United Nations Development Programme Farmers details leading to farmers database Farmer from the village can check the status of application Pending/ completion is visible at all levels
  • 11. Knowledge Hub
    • A web enabled database at district and state level.
    • Content library with need based information on Agriculture, Governance, Health etc.
    • Knowledge sharing on a common platform.
    • Content input from Govt. depts., research institutions, NGOs.
    United Nations Development Programme Empowering community with access to information…
  • 12. Developing partnership for e-Governance
    • Private Sector
    • e-Society
    United Nations Development Programme Government e-Administration Civil Society e-Citizens and e-services
    • First e-Governace workshop in the state with participation from Government, civil societies and private sector units.
    • Facilitating Government and business houses to understand each others strength and weaknesses.
    • Facilitation of discussions in Orissa ICT Think Tank meetings and e-Groups.
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  • 14. Policy & e-Governance strategy
    • Development of a citizen centered ICT policy and e-Governance strategy following recommendation from first e-Governance workshop and request from Government.
    • Draft framework of the policy shared with Government.
    • Telecom infrastructure is being assessed.
    • e-readiness assessment needs to be carried out.
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  • 15. Some notable Achievements
    • 80 ICT kiosks in partnership with
    • Govt./ NGOs/ CBOs/ NYKS.
    • At least2500 rural people computer literate.
    • At least 5000 people have accessed these kiosks for various information needs.
    • E-awareness campaign taken up in 220 educational institutions.
    • Finalist in the Stockholm Challenge Award.
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  • 16. ICT for Vulnerability Reduction
    • Systematic disaster inventory creation through ‘DesInventar’ application.
    • Decision support system for disaster trend analysis, prioritizing disaster preparedness intervention.
    • portal for Ministry of Home Affairs to capture resource inventory for disaster response preparedness up to block level.
    • Enabling decision makers in Govt. for quick emergency response.
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  • 17. Future strategies & programmes United Nations Development Programme
  • 18. Policy initiatives
    • Development of a citizen centered ICT policy.
    • Comprehensive e-Governance strategy for the state.
    • Comprehensive data connectivity assessment and state wide area network designing.
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  • 19. Farmers capacity building with Agriculture Market information system
    • In partnership with State Agriculture Marketing Board to develop a market intelligence system.
    • Capacity building of 60 RMCs ( Regulated Market Committees) through computer & entrepreneurship training.
    • Partnership with NYKS/ NIIT for volunteers in the RMCs.
    • 30 volunteers have already been placed.
    • Development of a business plan for each RMC information center.
    • Technical support for networking of 60 RMCs.
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  • 20. Livelihood tracking system
    • To meet expressed need of Panchayati Raj Dept. for a computerized information system to track development programmes at the block level.
    • Development of an operational software package tailored to the needs of field & state level functionaries.
    • Capacity building of VLWs (village level workers) to manage the MIS/FMIS at the blocks.
    • Integrating the Block MIS/FMIS on the web with portal for desired level of citizen interface.
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