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Inaugural Gender and ICT Award Winner
Community/Individual Capacity-building

E-SEVA (services) OF WEST GODAVARIA DISTRICT
India

Submitted by: Sanjay Jaju, Government of Andhra Pradesh

E Seva (e services) began in the district of West Godavari, which is part of the province of Andhra Pradesh in India. The project is a tool to bridge the digital divide in the rural areas and has used Information Technology for providing access to various C2C (citizen-to-citizen) and C2G (citizen-to-government) services to the people living in rural areas. Under this project web enabled rural kiosks termed e Seva centres have been established at the mandal (a sub district unit of administration) level.

The unique thing about these centres is that they are run and managed by women's groups, and have been able to position rural women as information leaders to help bridge the gender divide. The project thus provides these groups with an opportunity to become "information leaders," and helps them act as change agents. It makes it possible for them to grow in strength and stature with the project. As a result, the women self help groups are drawing strength from the project and on the other hand buttressing the project with their existing strengths, a win-win situation for the twosome.

Read the prize-winning application!