CARE Bangladesh’s Achievement in the National E-Content and ICT for Development Award 2010
September 6, 2010
On August 09, 2010, D. Net, a leading development research organization for ICT in Bangladesh, and the Ministry of Science & ICT, Government of Bangladesh, awarded CARE Bangladesh with the honorary “Chairman’s Appreciations” award in the category of e-Enterprise & Livelihood for its “Tothyo Tori: Access to Information for Poor Communities at Haor Region Program”.
This recognition comes as a part of the National ICT E-Content and ICT for Development Award 2010. The award was handed over to Asif U Ahmed, Program Director – Economic Empowerment CARE Bangladesh, by Abul Mal Abdul Muhit, Honorable Minister of Finance, Government of Bangladesh, Architect Yeafesh Osman, Honorable State Minister of Science & ICT, and Angela Gomes of Banchte Shekha at a prize-giving ceremony in the National Museum Auditorium, Dhaka.
Chairman of the Jury Zafar Iqbal who is also the Dean of the Department of Computer Science at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology was present on the occasion.
Tothyo Tori is the only program at CARE Bangladesh that addresses access to information and services for poorest people in the remote Haor regions of the country. Communication and mobility in the Haor regions is extremely difficult, making it next to impossible for the poor t o find access to information and services. Bringing these services to their doorsteps using information boats, equipped with digital technology was the motivation behind the Tothyo Tori program.
There are 4 boats currently in operation in Sunamganj and Kishoreganj. They are equipped with solar energy systems, laptops, printer, mobile phone, digital camera and digital Bangla language content-base Jeeon-IKB. These boats are manned by a Manager, Infomediary and two boatmen, and offer a range of services from information to medical services, using ICT technology in exchange for nominal fees. Some of these services include access to graduate doctors and healthcare, livelihoods information, computer education provided to students and business persons, infotainment for community children, etc. These services come as relief for the inhabitants of the Haor region- 20,000 of whom have benefited thus far from the program.
CARE Bangladesh is one of 32 winners from a pool of 48 finalists, selected from 93 nominations under 14 categories. Under the e-Enterprise & Livelihood category, CARE won the honor from a pool of 12 nominees, of which six were awarded. CARE has now earned the opportunity to compete in the ‘World Summit Award’ – which is a global contest to select best practices in e-content and innovative ICT applications in development.
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