Jamshedpur: The third and final day of the conference going at XLRI, Jamshedpur began with the theme “Democratizing Information and Media”.
The floor was thrown open with Shubhranshu Choudhary, founder of CG Net Swara, an innovative audio news service, repeatedly emphasizing the role of “democratizing our communication system” in order to make the voices of the weaker sections heard.
He gave the examples of regions like Chaibasa and Singbhum, where localites speak in languages like Ho which are then converted to Hindi and English by CG Net Swara and transmitted.
He was followed by Pritam K. Nanda, the regional manager for Digital Green, a knowledge platform that allows farmers to share their best practices within their community.
He spoke about empowering various activists in the villages to facilitate this knowledge transfer through Digital Green.
Next up was Osam Manzar, owner and founder, Digital Empowerment Foundation. He talked about eradicating information poverty. He set the mood light by giving anecdotes from his early years that led him into this entrepreneurial venture. He proudly announced that DEF has put more than 2000 NGOs online.
After the tea-break, the session on “New Routes to Financial Access” began. It gave a platform for the speakers to discuss the importance of the availability of credit and other financial products to rejuvenate the local economy and fuel local entrepreneurship.
The first speaker, Abhishek Sinha, co- founder and CEO, Eko Financial Services, explained how his organisation channelizes credit and banking facilities at the next door grocery store to households effectively through mobile phone.
“Technology does not discriminate, it gives the same value and behaves the same way with everyone”, he said. The next speaker, Shashi Bharat, manager, AID India, enlightened the audience with the works of AID India in Jharkhand in providing various facilities to three of the most remote districts of the state.
After that, Ramakrishna N K, co-founder and CEO, RandDe.org, explained how his organisation is an online portal that connects the rural in need of micro credit with the lenders through a network of partner NGOs.