Connected Opportunities:Making a difference with Womens ICT Enterprise

Venue: Indian Society of Training and Development

Location: New Dehi, India

Event Date/Time: Oct 25, 2007 End Date/Time: Oct 26, 2007
Registration Date: Oct 15, 2007
Early Registration Date: Oct 20, 2007
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Training Dates: Thursday 25th & Friday 26th October 2007

Duration: 16 Hours (Two Days)

Venue: Indian Society for Training & Development,
B-41, Institutional Area, New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi-110016, India


The criticality & efficacy of Information and Communication Technologies in facilitating and accelerating the process of reducing poverty across the globe is continuously growing. It has become a reality that without the usage of ICTs, a society will fall behind in the path of development. Much development work has been channeled into ICT projects and the development of ICT-enabled enterprises which are an effective component for ICT-based and enabled enterprises for women.

Governments, Civil Society, Development Professionals and other stakeholders alike, are realizing that development has direct impact with effective use of ICT. Several ICT initiatives have already been established and ICT is being used not only for educational development, policy advocacy, and local governance and in many more areas but have facilitated employment, income and skill generation in enterprises worldwide. However, the benefits have rarely been accessible by the poorest groups in society and the two day workshop will contribute to help increase awareness and integration of the number of sustainable ICT-enabled and ICT-based enterprises run by groups of women in developing countries to benefit local communities.

This is for a focused group of organisations working on ICTs for Women initiative to further strengthen organizational capacities through utilization of ICTs for Women, while also benefiting others at large in the process of knowledge sharing.


* To create more awareness about How To use of ICTs amongst women and the basic operational character of the women's ICT-enabled and ICT-based enterprises
* Understanding the need for "women's ICT-enabled and ICT-based enterprises and how it contributes for community development"
* To understand the strategies to be adopted by women for the ICT-enabled and ICT-based enterprises to help ensure sustainability and growth.
* To understand why "women's ICT-enabled and ICT-based enterprises" are investments for donors.
* To understand what "women's ICT-enabled and ICT-based enterprises" are being delivered by women.
* Good practice & guidance on the business and gender aspects of "ICT-enabled and ICT-based enterprises for women"
* Clear guidance on how best to support project life cycle "ICT-enabled and ICT-based enterprises for women".
* To provide possible solutions for the challenges faced by Women in ICT Enabled and ICT-Based Enterprise.

Experts: Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Women's Studies and Development Centre of Guru Ghasidas University Bilaspur - Chhattisgarh, The Indus Entrepreneurs , TIE (Knowledge Partner), One World South Asia

· Dr.Anupama Saxena, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Political Science Guru Ghasidas University, Bilaspur.

Dr Anupama Saxena is currently Associate Professor and Head, Department of Political Science Guru Ghasidas University Bilaspur. She is also the in-charge Director of first women's studies and development centre of Chhattisgarh state. She is actively engaged in research, extension and advocacy work related to women. She has organized/directed a number of training workshops, conferences and seminars. A keen observer of the gender dimension of emerging information society and has published/presented a number of research papers at national and international level.

Recent activities include participation by invitation in the inaugural meeting of UNO's task force on ICTs for poverty alleviation in Malaysia, invited presentation in the International colloquium on " Women in Engineering and Technology Education and Employment" at Tunis, organized by World Federation of Engineering Organizations , participation in a workshop for Phase Two of Gender Evaluation Methodology for ICT 4 D projects in Malaysia and completion of an UNDP sponsored project on "Status of Women with Disability in Chhattisgarh". She is a trained GEM (Gender Evaluation Methodology for ICT 4 D project) practitioner and is currently engaged in Gender Evaluation of E gram Suraj scheme of Chhattisgarh.

· Prof. Vijendrakumar Narendraprasad Shukla, Professor, University School of Information Technology

Prof. Vijendrakumar Narendraprasad Shukla is Director and heads Multilingual Software Research and Development Lab at CDAC Noida since last 11 years. He has served as Assistant Professor / Lecturer in various academic institutions linked with University of Pune, Marathwada University, University of Bombay and I.I.T.Roorkee. He is a member of various professional bodies like IETE, IEEE, ISTE.

He is Manager W3C India office. He is also working as a Convener of the National Committee on Technology Development in Indian Languages (TDIL) set up by the Department of Information Technology, Government of India.

He was conferred the 1st IETE-Brig M L Anand Award for his outstanding contribution in the field of I.T. His teaching and research subjects include Data Mining, Formal Computing, Software Engineering, Object Oriented Software Engineering, Multilingual Computing, Geomatics, e-governance & Open Source Technology.

· Ms.Geeta Malhotra, Head - ICT Advocacy, Grassroots Communications & Capacity Building

Ms Geeta Malhotra has been working with One World for the last two-and-a-half years and is a key member of the OWSA Management Team since April 2006. As Head - ICT Advocacy, Grassroots Communications & Capacity Building, Geeta leads all programmes related to promoting and using ICTs for localising MDGs at the grassroots level and advocating the related issues at the policy level

The programmes are designed and implemented across South Asia based on multi-stakeholder partnerships. She brings in 23 years of experience in research, advocacy and communications in health and development issues. Geeta has a double PG in Sociology and Population Studies. She is currently pursuing Phd in Women's Empowerment vis-a-vis RCH.


Day 1 - Session to Session Plan 25th October 2007

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM Welcome Speech and Introduction of Speakers & Participants

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM "Connected Opportunities"

· Where India Stands in ICT

· Collaborative Techniques/Methods of ICT for Development.

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Tea Break

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Understanding the concept of Women's ICT-Enabled and ICT- Based Enterprise

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Benefits of ICT-Enabled and ICT-Based Enterprises

a. Benefits to women,

b. Benefits to supporting agency

c. Benefits of Communities

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Lunch Break

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM Case studies of successful rural women IT based /IT enabled enterprises.
Discussion on some latest case studies on successful Indian rural women.

02:45 PM - 03:30 PM Challenges & Learnings of ICT-Enabled and ICT-Based Enterprises for Women

03:30 PM - 04:00 PM Case Studies

04:00 PM - 04:15 PM Tea Break

04:15 PM - 05:00 PM "Key Challenges in the encouragement and running of Women ICT-Enabled and ICT-Based Enterprises"

· Challenged having their roots in social cultural context

· Other Challenges -Lack of Infrastructure, Language, Finance, Skills, Long and complicated administrative procedures to gain necessary permissions etc.

Day 2: Session to Session Plan 26th October 2007

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM Summary of the 1st Day (By The Participants)

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM The Enterprise Perspective in Planning and Managing Women's ICT-Based Enterprise
(Includes both -Hardware and Software)

· How to analyze?

· What to analyze?

o The value chain

o Enterprise Analysis

o Context Analysis

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM Tea Break

11:30 AM - 01:00 PM ICT-Enabled and ICT-Based Enterprise Business Good Practice

o Finding Customers

o Retaining Staff

o Obtaining Finance

o Buying Technology

o Managing Operations

o Sales and Marketing

o Choosing a Business Strategy

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Lunch

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM The agency Perspectives in Supporting and Evaluating Women's ICT-Enabled and ICT-Based Enterprises.

· What is a "Support Agency"?

· Identifying "Whom to Support and Why"

· Determining "What Support to Provide"

o Support Option

o Support Analysis

· Who could be the "Potential Sponsors"?

· "How to approach" the Potential Sponsors?

03:00 PM - 03:15 PM Tea Break

03:15 PM - 04:00 PM How Can You Provide the Support Interventions?

o Making Use of Existing Provisions

o Providing Customized and Standard Provisions.

4:00 PM - 05:00 PM Conclusion: Interactive and Feedback Session

05:00 PM - 05:15 PM Certificate Distribution and Vote of Thanks by Responsenet


The training consists of structured learning exercises and case-studies. A participatory approach and a high level of interaction among participants and trainers are involved. Trainers and participants share experiences, good practices and lessons learned to enhance learning opportunities to favour the development of innovative approaches. The following approaches are also used:

a. Lectures

b. Group exercises

c. Presentations.

d. Case Studies

e. Interactive Sessions

Who Should Attend:

This is a training for those professionals working in the area of ICT for Women and will consist of individuals representing organizations from development sector, institutions working for ICT, corporate, NGOs and stakeholders who will play a critical role in planning and managing Women's ICT-Enabled and ICT-Based Enterprise. This is divided into two broad groups:

1. Support Seekers (Women themselves and NGOs working for women etc)

2. Support providers (Successful women entrepreneurs, NGOs , Government Agencies, Corporates etc )

Past Trainings and Participants of Responsenet Trainings and Seminars include:

Two Days workshop on "Make a Difference in Sustainable Agriculture Development". Synopsis of the workshop is available at:

Organisations participated: Globally Managed Service, infraSys Eco Management Pvt Ltd., Maithri, PIDT Lokshala, Tata Chemical Society for Rural Development, International Development Enterprises, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, EHA, Organization for Rural Reconstuction & Integrated Social Service Activities, Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd (erstwhile Tata Tea Ltd), Cept university Ahmedabad, Prakasam District Social Service Society, Sulabh International, YUVA,Rural, Nagpur, Tirunelveli Social Service Society (T.S.S.S), World Vision India, Agrigold Healthcare Pvt Ltd.

Two Days workshop on "Effective Use of Media and Communication for Development Issues". Synopsis of the workshop is available at:

Organisations participated: Jambudvipa Trust, Score foundation, YRG CARE, WFP, BISWA, Handicap International, Cansupport, Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group, Aga Khan Foundation (India), TNS India Pvt.Ltd., TNS India Private Limited, SIAM ( Soceity of Indian Automobiles Manufacturer), Pondicherry Multipurpose Social Service Society (PMSSS), Brooke Hospital for Animals, IFRC, Child In Need Institute, Path India, Intervida, ICYO-Indian Committee of Youth Organizations, IIYD, Pragati Jubak Sangha(PJS), Indian Institute of Youth and Development, Anarde Foundation

One Day International Conference on "Facilitation of supply chain for Disaster Management". Synopsis of the conference is available at:

Organisations Participated: Institute of Pathology-ICMR, Hill & Associates (India) Private Limited, World Health Organisation, Fire & Safety Disaster Prevention & Management Centre, JVD Technologies France, Defence Academy -Sri Lanka, Steel Authority of India Limited, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, Institute of Pathology -ICMR, World Vision India, DHL Express - India, World Bank Group, Aligarh Muslim University, Cornell University, Ithaca, Electrical Disaster Management Society, Oxfam (India) Trust, Kasturba Medical College, Sikim Manipal University, Indian Red Cross Society Diploma Disaster Preparedness & Rehabilitation, Knowledge Links, HCL Technologies BPO Services Ltd, American Red Cross India Operations Center, RMSI, Reliance Energy Limited, North Delhi, Power limited NDPL, Goldman Sachs, Emmanuel Hospital Association Disaster Management & Mitigation, Speck Systems Limited, Directorate General of Home Guards, Science applications International Corporation, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Amber Fort Museum, Sarmang Software, Lord Health Care And Rescue, F.V.K.S, Eclipse Technologies Pvt.Ltd, Institute of Pathology -ICMR, IFRC, NIAW (National Institute of Animal Welfare), Italian Trade Commissioner, Ispat Industries Limited, American Red Cross India Operations Center, Centre for Fire. Explosive & Environment Safety, Indian Army, CYSD-NSWC, Aerospace and Defense, Frost and Sullivan (I) Pvt. Ltd., Confederation of Indian Industry, Plan International Inc, DFID India, Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services, North Delhi Power Ltd., United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), JNU, ESI Corporation,New Delhi, Bharat Electronics Limited, Bharat Electronics Limited, Human welfare Society, Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation (CS3), International Airlines, TNS INDIA, Haryana Institute of Public Administration, RedR, Sphere, INSARAG, Artevea Digital India Pvt Ltd, Development Oriented Operatons Research and Surveys, MPDD, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Genpact, WFP, Strategic Technologies Implimentaion Group, Escorts heart Institute & Research centre, Applied Education & Renewable energy, Some Space e-Learning Institute, Safety Pubication, HIAB Ltd, European Aeronautic Defence and space Company, Catholic relief services, Eurocopter India, Federal signal corporation Federal warning systems, Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai, JYOTECH, Hi Tech International S.r.l, Airtransport, UNCHR, Apeejay School Faridabad

Two Day Workshop on Management Information System for Micro Finance Institutions. Synopsis of the workshop is available at:

Organizations participated: NABARD, Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Ltd., BRAC-Bangladesh, CARE India-Bhopal, Culcutta Urban Service, Gramalaya, VSAD-Bangladesh, ADAMS-Bangladesh, Society for elimination of Poverty-Bangladesh, Prottyashi-Bangladesh, ARBAN-Bangladesh, Nari Maitree-Bangladesh, CARE-Bangladesh, ANNESHA-Bangladesh, VESDC-Bangladesh, Mamata-Bangladesh, FIDA International, Maanaveeya Holdings & Investments Private Limited, BCT, SADHAN, PKSF, Bangladesh.

Two Day Workshop on Micro-enterprise Development. Synopsis of the workshop is available at:

Organisations participated: United Nation Development Programme, Oxfam Novib - Sri Lanka, One World South Asia, Geneva Global, Mahila Haat, Himcon, Seeds, Tamil Nadu Organic Farmers Movement, Aastha Sansthan, Vikas Sansthan and Vishwa Yuva Kendra

Three Day National Workshop on HIV/AIDS & Counselling Techniques (The Synopsis of the workshop is available at:

Organizations participated: Leprosy Mission-New Delhi . Youth Parliament-New Delhi, Mason& Summers Alcobev Pvt Ltd-Bangalore . Tata Chemical Society for Rural Development-Babrala U.P. One World South Asia-New Delhi . CYDA-Pune. CSR-New Delhi . Pest Control India Pvt. Ltd-New Delhi . Rural Development Society-Tamil Nadu. GM Medical Centre-U.P. World Vision-New Delhi .

Participation Fee:

Rs. 5000/- (Inclusive of Training Manuals, 2 days refreshments, and stationery).

Seats are limited and thus advance registration is suggested. To be sure of participation, we request you to send the nominations at the earliest along with the participation fee. For registration, kindly use the registration form at the bottom of this mail.

Modes of Payment:

Payment to be made either by Demand Draft or by Cheque to be drawn in favor of 'Response Net' and to be posted to the below given address:

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Training date Friday, October 26, 2007
Intended Audience Professionals working for womens enterprises
Cost INR 5000

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