Posted on December 12, 2008 by Shital
Calling all gram panchayats in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka – Google.org‘s Inform and Empower Initiative wants to know the top five panchayats in each of these two states that are using innovation and good governance. According to the Google.org blog,
The prize will be awarded in one of six areas: education, health and nutrition, water supply, rural infrastructure, rural electrification, and resource mobilization. The winning panchayat must include a wide variety of social and income groups, share information with villagers, respond to citizen feedback, and track the quality of programs.
The competition is an opportunity to recognize good, effective governance and encourage quality public services. And if that’s not reason enough, the winning panchayats will receive a cash prize of Rs.5 lakhs (approximately $10,000 USD).
The contest is open for entries from December 12, 2008 through January 25, 2009. For more information, please see the FAQs and Rules.
Filed under: Competitions, Government | Tagged: Andhra Pradesh, Google.org, gram panchayat, Gram Panchayat Puruskar, Inform and Empower, Karnataka | 2 Comments »
Posted on November 24, 2008 by thinkchangeindia
The Final Inch is a documentary funded by Google.org and produced by Vermilion Pictures, chronicling the final stages of the global fight to end polio. A large chunk of the movie was filmed in India, given that the country is the final frontier in the global effort to eradicate polio. There were 496 confirmed cases of polio in 2008 in India, accounting for 35 percent of all cases worldwide.
The documentary profiles the real heroes – the foot soldiers who are mobilized to deliver the doses of polio vaccine to young children. India’s progress towards eradicating polio also highlights the relentless effort of the Indian government in undertaking the largest vaccination program in the world.
The Final Inch will be screened on HBO in 2009, and you can expect the DVDs to be out soon. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer:
Filed under: Government, Health, Public Awareness | Tagged: Google.org, Health, Polio, The Final Inch, Vaccination | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 30, 2008 by Santhosh
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Jobs and Internships
- Google.org is looking for a Strategic Investment Principal to be based in India to be a part of their Fueling the Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) initiative. They are looking for a are seeking a Strategic Investments Principal (SIP) to implement and help revise the SME strategy in India. The SIP will develop and manage relationships, identify and implement ideas, and be able to assess the strategy and change course as necessary to meet Google.org’s overall objective. More details are available here
Filed under: Competitions, Conferences, Fellowships, Jobs | Tagged: call to action, Google.org, UnLtd | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 28, 2008 by Shital
Google.org is supporting a study focused on the Right to Information Act as part of their Inform and Empower Initiative. From their blog:
To help us better understand how to make the Right to Information (RTI) more effective in India, we are delighted that Shekhar Singh who is an active member of the people’s movement for the right to information has agreed to conduct a study of the use and implementation of the Act across various stakeholders in India (including public authorities, information commissions, media, judiciary, NGOs and corporate sector). The objective of this study is to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the Act, the constraints preventing effective implementation and the ways in which access to information affects people’s lives.
Studies like this are critical in determining ways forward. Since it has been over two years since the Act’s existence, now is a good time to reflect on its impact and learn from challenges. The video below provides more information about Google.org’s Inform and Empower initiative.
Filed under: Basic Rights, NGOs and Non-profits, Research | Tagged: Google.org, Inform and Empower, Right to Information, Shekhar Singh | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 7, 2008 by Vinay
The World Health Organization has produced a world map that estimates the number of deaths that can be attributed to climate change. The map estimates anywhere from 40 to 80 million deaths in India can be attributed to climate change.
Filed under: Environment, Health, Research | Tagged: climate change, death, Google.org | 2 Comments »