Supporting Partners


    Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education, and knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training. 


    Computer Society of India (CSI), has implemented the concept of “Special Interest Groups” to promote activities and research in dew focused areas. Special Interest Group on e-Governance (SIGeGov) has been formed accordingly based at Hyderabad. The basic perceived objective has been to focus on an important area where Information and Communications Technology (ICT) can be leveraged and bring like minded professionals together to add value by bringing out recommendations relevant to various stake holders. Another objective of SIGeGOV is to facilitate, promote advice and support the e-Governance initiatives in our country at State and Centre level besides encourage e-Governance Awards for CSI every year for State, Department, Project and District Categories.


    Euro-India SPIRIT is an initiative funded by the European Union that aims to engage the EU and Indian ICT stakeholders and make them frontline actors in setting a joint research agenda through the alignment of research and innovation objectives and priorities in India and in the European Union. Euro-India SPIRIT is a partnership effort between six leading European and Indian entities – the European Research European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), the Centre for Science, Development & Media Studies (CSDMS), Trust IT Services and Infra Technologies. 


    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information helping developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since the FAO was found in 1945, they have focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world’s poor and hungry people.


    Fusion is the ICT4D umbrella movement of Sarvodaya the largest 50 year old national NGO in Sri Lanka, serving over 15,000 villages. Fusion’s mission is the ‘e-Empowerment of poor communities’. Programs are delivered through telecentres, Village Information Centres (VIC) and other cross cutting community-development programs targeting children, youth, women and elders. 


    Gedaref Digital City Organization (GDCO) is a not-for-profit organisation based in Gedaref Sudan. It is the founder of the first digital city in Sudan (2005) and the founder of first national telecentre academy in Africa and the Arab world (2008). GDCO has strong partnership with the great people of Eindhoven (Netherlands) through the digital city of Eindhoven (DSE) where 750 computers were donated to establish many Telecentres and ICT projects for community development in Sudan.

    Gedaref digital city organization (GDCO) was the winner of i4d 2007 awards (e-India 2007 conference) also eINDIA Awards 2008 for the Best innovations at the grassroots Telecentre. GDCO organized (with support of Ugabytes and its partners – IDRC,, etc.) the 5th East African Telecentre Leaders Forum in Khartoum Sudan where 120 participants from 18 countries had been represented. GDCO succeeded in launching the first Telecentre academy in Africa and Arab World and No. 13 in the globe (Sudan National Telecentre Academy (SuNTA) during the Telecentre Forum at eINDIA 2008. Prof. F. N. Rajasekharan, the Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University launched the SuNTA during the Telecentre Academy session of the Telecentre Forum. 


    The Grameen Gyaan Abhiyan is Rural Knowledge Movement in India which has been working with an aim to achieve ICT enabling of 6,37,000 villages of India has built a multi stake holder partnership with the different ICT4D models present in India. They include the community based models, the entrepreneurial models, government models, the business models or the corporate models, the cooperative models, and the combinations of all these models in pairs or more.

    It was way back in 2003 that the idea was seeded to have a Mission targeting the 60th year of Indian Independence named as Mission 2007 which successfully let the concept of the ICT enabling of all the villages of India evolve into a movement. Today after 15th August of 2007 the Grameen Gyaan Abhiyan proudly holds hands with its 400 odd partners across the country with one intention of creating a Knowledge revolution in rural India. 


    The GTZ is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. 

    GTZ promotes complex reforms and change processes, often working under difficult conditions. Its corporate objective is to improve people’s living conditions on a sustainable basis.

    It was founded in 1975 as a company under private law. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is its major client. The company also operates on behalf of other German ministries, the governments of other countries and international clients, such as the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as on behalf of private enterprises. GTZ works on a public-benefit basis. All surpluses generated are channelled back into its own international cooperation projects for sustainable development.

    As an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations, the federally owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives. It provides viable, forwardlooking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world.


    The Indian Association for Medical Informatics (IAMI), is a non-government, professional organization, started at Hyderabad in 1993 with the help of scientists and doctors who had perceived a need to sensitize the Indian Medical community to the benefits of IT, bring about awareness and greater utilization of Information Technology (IT) in healthcare facilities across the length and breadth of India. The association is now almost 500 strong with its members being mostly IT savvy doctors, software professionals, students and biomedical engineers. The members hold key positions in both major public and private sector health care institutions and constitute the actual decision makers in policy issues relating to Information Technology (IT) applications in healthcare. IAMI has been holding regular conferences and regional meetings and has a highly vocal and vibrant online discussion group where all matters relating to IT in healthcare including telemedicine and e-health are presented and discussed. The association has also started a Journal titled Indian Journal of Medical Informatics or IJMI.


    IPTV India Forum (IPTV Society) is a non profit non government membership Society, registered with Registrar of Societies, NCR Delhi which has been set up to advocate, enhance and expand broadband technology’s true potential for value addition, so that common citizen of India avail of the advantages of the service in their daily life with ease and affordability.

    The Forum advocates for : Developing an eco system for the delivery of IPTV and Mobile TV; Encouraging e-governance, e-commerce and m- commerce; Facilitating content development and aggregation networks; Providing a platform to discuss and evolve strategies to achieve the shared aspirations of the industry; Proving and promoting the effectiveness of IP and Mobile TV; Educating the communities about the core strengths and competencies of the Broadband Wireless Access Technologies.


    ITU – APT Foundation of India is a society which broadly relates to activities concerning research and study on telecommunications including, inter-alia, broadcasting, information technology and space sciences, with special emphasis on rural development. The purpose of the society is: Scientific and technological; Research oriented; Educational; Collection, maintenance and dissemination of knowledge and information; Coordination, promotion and formulation of expert opinion on topical subjects including radiocommunications, spectrum management, radio regulations, telecommunication standardisation and telecommunication development The Foundation acts as a bridge between the industry and other institutions on the one hand and the government and other regulatory agencies on the other.

    Some of the salient objectives of the society are :

    To conduct and co-ordinate research studies on various technical, scientific, regulatory and other related matters, to make contributions to various conferences, meetings, and other activities including technical study groups and associated events of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Asia Pacific Telecommunity(APT) within the framework of the established mechanism and to strengthen active co-operation with ITU and APT with special emphasis on rural development. b. To foster international cooperation and to promote telecommunications in association with other countries, especially developing countries, mainly in Asia, and with other national and international bodies as also by getting entrusted with the works by activities such as organising training, seminars, research studies and sharing of information, with particular emphasis on rural development. c. To promote, encourage and engage in scientific, educational and research activities which lead to active and meaningful involvement of industry and institutions in the country in the activities of the ITU and APT resulting in healthy growth of industry and infrastructure in the country with emphasis on rural development. This will include formation and guidance to the relevant institutions and to hold meetings for presenting and discussing technical and research papers, and other works of science, technology, regulatory and other allied activities.


    The National Institute for Smart Government (NISG) is a non-for profit company incorporated in 2002 by the Government of India and NASSCOM with its head office at Hyderabad, India. NISG has its origins in the recommendations of the National Task Force on IT and Software Development. Forged as a public-private partnership, NISG offers the orientation and efficiency of the private sector combined with the accountability of the public sector. NISG is helping the Government of India and State Governments realize the national e-governance vision. Over the years, NISG has grown in stature as a reliable advisory body for Central and State Governments as well as public sector undertakings.


    OneRoof seeks to make a difference by facilitating the reach and continued sustainability of public access computing for billions of people, worldwide, who lack computer access and connectivity.

    Its tools also facilitate increased profitability for cyber cafes worldwide—and consequently, OneRoof also help maximize the number of public access locations available for globally bridging the digital divide.

    The organisation believes that both of OneRoof’s goals of ‘Do Well’ and ‘Do Good’ are achievable—with both increased profits and measurable social impact.


    READ was launched in 1991 as the non-profit arm of Myths and Mountains, a cultural travel company founded by Dr. Neubauer in the 1980s. The organization – headquartered in Incline Village, Nevada – is registered as a 501(c)(3) corporation in the U.S. and as an International Non-Government Organization (INGO) in Nepal. In the spring of 2007, READ opened its first country affiliate office in India, a country with a widely diverse population, babble of many languages, and contrasting environments – snow studded Himalayas to dry deserts, to tropical beaches and mysterious jungles.


    Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) is set up by the Department of Communication & Information Technology, Government Of India in 1991, with the objective of Encouraging, Promoting the Software Exports from India to across the globe.

    Software Technology Parks of India is established at various locations in the country (52 locations) to implement the STP scheme and facilitate the infrastructural resources requirement of IT industry such as Data communication, Incubation facilities and other value added services to the demand and need of software companies operating at each location of STPI nationwide.

  Foundation is an independent, non-profit, non-stock International organization, registered in Manila, Philippines, with a mandate to help sustain the telecentre movement around the world. It is funded by the Canadian International Development and Research Centre (IDRC), Microsoft and the Philippine Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT). The Foundation works in 70 nations worldwide, strengthening and building capacity of telecentre stakeholders- who help to sustain the tens and thousands of telecentres, established to support remote and disadvantaged communities.

    The first phase of was launched at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis in 2005, as a program of IDRC and was instrumental in creating telecentre networks that impact the way information, services and opportunities are offered to remote populace and the marginalized sections of the society. Investments during the first phase also resulted in evolving a strong knowledge sharing program that encourages peer to peer learning among all telecentre stakeholders; establishment of the Academy in partnership with 14 distance and open learning Universities of repute worldwide, to support and build capacity among one million telecentre operators; and a program that focused on appropriate content and services essential for the community members, especially the ultra-poor living in remote areas.

    In its second phase,, managed by the Foundation has assumed the role of an activist, advocating for sustainable telecentres as means to empower societies around the world. The fundamental approach of partnership and collaboration continues to be crucial as 2.0 strives to build a more resilient telecentre ecosystem globally, thus scaling-up the movement rapidly in nations that most need them. To fulfill its mandate, the Foundation focuses its activities through the following program pillars: Academy, Content, Technology & Services, Community Learning, Networking, Research and Advocacy.

    Through these program pillars, Foundation strives to achieve its vision of an inclusive and sustainable knowledge society.


    The Telecom Users Group of India (TUGI) is a registered association of telecommunication users in India, and works closely with INTUG. Since 1997, TUGI has promoted users interest at the national / international level. Our mission is to ensure that users have access to affordable, reliable, interoperable telecommunication services and their voice is clearly heard wherever telecommunication policy issues are being decided.

    From multi-national to small and medium size enterprises mainly. The member companies come from all corners of the business world. They add to diversity and effectiveness of our organization. Corporate, institutions and individual professionals are valued members of TUGI.


    The One World Foundation of New York, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission to empower young people (ages 18 to 25) from minority and indigenous backgrounds.

    Through international and domestic service projects, workshops and leadership development programs, One World Foundation seeks to equip younger generations with the tools necessary to affect social change on both domestic and international levels.


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