Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.
Lack of skill/training: We are trying to develop the skill set rather demand based ICT, GIS skill set by which they can market themselves.
Restricted Access to new market: Rural people are just aware of traditional professions like doctor, engineer, lawyers and few others. But they find impossible to go for such options as their educational fees are too high and tough studies. Thus we intend to make them aware about different employment opportunities through ICTs.
Lack of access to information and networks: We are working with CSCs as they provide computers and internet to the rural sectors. We are also networking with different agencies creating awareness among them which in turn will increase the opportunities of GIS worker.
Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
If yes, please check up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.
Influenced other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices
Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.
Influence other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices: We are motivating the government agency to use such useful software and reduce their fear about computer use. We are making them understand the importance of analysis and planning which they can do through such simple modern technologies.
Enhance existing impact through addition of complementary services: We are continuously working on the hassle of the technology. Each field testing exercise adds updations to the usability of the software.
Grow geographic reach to multi country: We are making Mapper available on site for download so that it is available to globally. Through our international reference we plan to disseminate it further.
If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?
Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF): It helped us to
• Understand about comprehensive and dynamic local language content and the online platform requirement.
• Develop bilingual or multilingual information.
The self learning manual content has been developed by the Team of DEF. With a wide experience of working with Rural and Urban youth on skill development and ICT, this organization has been able to put the learning material in an easy to understand and interactive learning material.
Micro Tech Global Foundation: Micro tech global foundation is a self generating nonprofit organization, set up with the vision to give a helping hand to “Have Nots”. In this regard they conduct workshops, seminar, arrange sport activities, appropriate training for job opportunities.