New Delhi, India (PressExposure) May 14, 2013 -- Vodafone foundation in association with Digital empowerment foundation announces Rs. 4 million Grants for most innovative mobile initiatives by NGO's in India.
Mobiles for Good is conducted under the framework of mBillionth Awards
Over the years, Mobile has come to be the fastest growing information and communication tool in the developing nations connecting rural pollutions, marginal and distant communities. The level of its penetration has shown a remarkable change in bringing culture, economy, education and health in one mobile device for public information service delivery, irrespective of their geographical and economic constraints. This gave scope for many innovative practices to emerge from the bottom of the pyramid backing by voluntary organizations for quality service and have influence policy and governance.
The Vodafone mobile for Good programme is to honor and recognize the innovation of NGOs/NPFs for ideas and vision through mobile telephone platforms that facilitates mobile for community empowerment and inclusive growth for development.
Vodafone Foundation along with Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) announces the 'Vodafone Mobile for Good' programme for the third time. The 'Vodafone Mobile for Good' programme is to motivate and encourage innovations in mobile content and services delivery benefiting communities. It is imperative that the innovative practice must be from the Non-Governmental Organization / Not- for-profit organization / or educational institute in India with the motivation and purpose that the innovation would benefit the society and empower societal needs at large. This is to recognize talents from voluntary and education sector to enable them to take their project to next level for scaling up and implementation, and also provide them with mentor guidance.
Every year through the 'Vodafone Mobile for Good' programme, Vodafone Foundation and DEF announce funding grant to be allocated for the winners to help scale them and mentor them for the next one year. In 2011 out of 43 eligible nominations 10 mobile innovative practices were shortlisted and two NGOs were honoured as winners of Rupees 20,00,000 funding grant and also mentorship for one year. For 2012 Vodafone Mobile for Good honoured an aggregate amount of Rupees 40,00,000 for 4 best socially empowering Mobile initiatives.
The Foundation is dedicated to mobilizing communities around the world to improve their lives. To achieve this objective the Foundation wants to use its charitable giving and its privileged access to Vodafone networks, technology, customers and employees to empower people with the necessary tools to make a difference in the world.
Through the application of Vodafone's leading innovative technology the Vodafone Foundation mobilizes both local and virtual communities bringing people together to resolve mutual problems and make real change. So the Vodafone Foundation deploys its charitable giving and the liberating power of mobile networks to not just help communities but to mobilize and deliver social change.
The determined guidelines for nomination are:
a) Any NGO/NFP(Non Governmental Organisation/Not-for-Profit Organisation) having sound base on ground for more than 3 years working with focused communities in any part of India are eligible to apply.
b) The project / initiative must be on ground for at least one year.
c) NGO/NFP must be using mobile applications in innovative and sustainable way to deliver critical information and communication services to target communities and thereby ensuring sound impact to improve economic and life situations.
d) The innovative practice should reflect a practical approach and is currently running or if the work has been tested and well implemented;
e) The service delivery should have an accurate figure of beneficiaries' details and other relevant details of place, methods and criteria and so on;
f) The nomination is open only to Indian entities.
The Jury panel will consist of experts from government, industry, civil society and academia having stake in mobile for development in India. This jury could also consist of such diverse members selected from Manthan & mBillionth Award Jury list and the experts on the board of DEF and Vodafone India Foundation.
Selection of Winners
Winners will be selected as per the PPT presentation before the Grand Jury experts. There can be a little change or update in award specifics every year. For more information on this please check for the yearly 'Award specifics'.
Last date to fill in the application form is 15th May' 2013 Fill in your entries at http://award.mobileforgood.in/ Video link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ECOsyzj5X6g For any query and information please contact the following: