defThe Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) targets communities across India and South Asia, and develops media and digital solutions for socioeconomic benefit. These range from a series of books on ICT4D (information and communication technologies for development) and digital platforms for rural entrepreneurs to benchmarking awards and community media.

DEF also works on multi-stakeholder partnerships at the international level to assess, award and scale up digital media innovations, eg. via World Summit Awards, WSA-Mobile, Manthan Awards and mBillionth Awards. DEF coordinates and publishes research projects on ICT4D in a variety of media: print (books/magazines), Web and social media.

DEF is active in publication, projects and advocacy work in livelihood generation, health, education and culture. Its partner and co-investors include Barefoot College, IIM Ahmedabad, IL&FS Education & Technology Services, Intel Foundation, TCS, NIIT, UNDP, UNESCO, National Institute of Smart Governance (NISG), India’s Department of Information Technology (DIT), OneWorld South Asia, American India Foundation (AIF), Global e Schools & Communities Initiative (GeSCI), NASSCOM Foundation, Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), SRISTI, CDAC, Panos South Asia, Aagaz Foundation, British Council, Cyber Media India, Internet Society, APC and IDRC.

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