Phase I

Project Chanderi Wireless Community
Programme Wireless For Communities (W4C) – Phase I
Objective smooth network with connectivity for better access
Approach A decentralized approach with participatory method and bottom up community participation
  • Deployment and setting up of a model wireless community network
  • Local human resource development in technical skills including wireless skills and otherwise (skill to use connectivity for access)
  • Connecting local institutions, platforms with wireless connectivity for intended results and benefits
  • Creating a community environment for network and connectivity
  • Creating a model for advocacy and outreach for replication
  • Positive and encouraging impact in connectivity access by diverse set of user groups for knowledge, skill enhancement and livelihood promotion
  • Impact in technical skill enhancement
  • Impact in generating a positive environment for Internet access and use
Joint Initiative The Internet Society & Digital Empowerment Foundation
Future Step Phase I of the project extended to Phase II in three locations in two States of India
  1. Addressing the issue of last mile connectivity;
  2. Democratizing the availability of connectivity and enable internet accessibility and information decentralization;
  3. Addressing the issue of content and services gap that obstructs local economy and pulls back social indicators; to address wireless technology skill gaps;
  4. Initiating a dialogue and deliberation between stakeholders including public and private parties on the impact, need, scope, viability and sustainability of wireless deployment for community empowerment and meeting the needs of underserved regions.
  5. Initiating advocacy with the relevant public and private partners to propagate and adopt wireless technology as an unconventional solution to connect rural remote areas and communities with broadband connectivity and services on it.

The project was based in the Chanderi Weavers ICT Resource Center (CWIRC) in Chanderi, in Ashok Nagar district of Madhya Pradesh in central india. Chanderi can be best described as a rural town with an urban consciousness of more than 500 years of history of kings and invasions. Populated with 40,000 people, the town is largely inhabited by weavers and artisans. Around 3000 families are dependent on weaving and handloom for their livelihoods. DEF has implemented the project and is running it since 2009. The center provides ICT enabled environment and infrastructure for the weavers’ community to scale up their weaving skills and add value in their supply chain of designing and weaving along with other advantages.

  • Enhanced internet connectivity at schools
  • Easy accessibility of information
  • Connecting institutions and platforms
  • Enhancing knowledge capability of users
  • Livelihood and economic impact
  • Local skill development
  • Tele-health programme
  • Design repository
  • Community engagement
  • Panchayat connected with wireless connectivity

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