USFs - Passive funds or active instruments of social change?
Telecom USFs have been around in many countries, but are a relatively new construct in some others, especially in emerging nations. Whether examined scholastically or by practitioners on the ground, there has been much debate about whether USFs are a workable idea to extend connectivity to those sections of society that need it most.
30 Mar, 2017
Simplifying lives in Karenda with e-Governance
People living in urban areas are privileged, when it comes to accessing basic government services. Moreover, in the last few years, most of these services have been successfully ported online. Today, it is hard to imagine that one must travel 50 km for obtaining documents such as Aadhar cards, passports, or vehicle registration papers! Read VNL’s Position Paper on Digital Villages here.
23 Mar, 2017
Thank You World, says Karenda
Two years ago, nobody in Karenda, a modest village in Rajasthan, would have believed that one day ministers and dignitaries from the across the world would be visiting their tiny village. The transformation of Karenda has been such that it has become an inspiring stopover for people from the world’s telecom fraternity, many of who make it a point to visit the village to experience how VNL’s Digital Village solution functions, first-hand. Read VNL’s Position Paper on Digital Villages here.
27 Feb, 2017
Karenda’s e-Education experiment: letting students learn better
ICT-led development is one of India’s priorities and the government is going all out to improve digital connectivity everywhere. But is it enough and more importantly can this be achieved in time? Students in rural India continue to lose out on opportunities as the process of ensuring connectivity everywhere takes it own sweet time. But for Karenda, a smartDigital Village enabled by VNL, the change has already begun. Read along to know more
24 Feb, 2017
Changing the face of Karenda.
At first sight, Karenda looks just like any other village; full of fresh air and happy people. However, on closer inspection, we see how digitization has taken the village to new heights. Since VNL set up Wi-Fi connectivity for the village in March 2015, there has been an influx of smartphone users and the number continues to grow. The benefits of access to the internet have been manifold, with the villagers taking advantage of better connectivity in all aspects of their lives.
08 Feb, 2017
Towards a true cashless economy
It’s turning out that one of the most significant positive effects of the recent demonetization is the drive towards a digital economy. With necessity driving innovation, the volume of cashless transactions in India has increased dramatically—upto 1000% as per some estimates—since 8th November. Is this enough? Could we do more? What enablers need to be put in place for a steady and faster move towards a digital economy? How do we mitigate the problems faced by the common man as the transition continues? The debate continues to rage, and has occupied centre-stage in most media for the whole month.
16 Dec, 2016
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