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Barefoot technicians and grassroots CEOs : how india’s self-employed women’s association (SEWA) is unleashing technology to spark innovation and enterprise among the rural poor (English)

The World Bank Group has two main goals. The first is to end extreme poverty by 2030, and the second is to boost shared prosperity. This means guaranteeing that everyone reaps the benefits of economic growth, especially the bottom 40 percent of any society. And if we don’t include that bottom part of the pyramid, if we don’t include women and young people in that economic growth, we are not building stability into these societies. This book tells how a long-respected Indian women’s empowerment organization (the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India and a pioneering social development fund (the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF)) partnered together to deliver an original initiative that jointly teaches business principles and technological savvy to poor, sometimes illiterate women. The initiative is the Community Learning Business Resource Center (CLBRC), launched through the JSDF–SEWA Economic Empowerment Project for Women. This book describes other examples of the use of technology such as community radio stations, geographic information systems (GIS) to record land use data, membership management and job portal systems, and much more that the CLBRCs have inspired and that SEWA women have put into practice. The chapters also offer a glimpse into the day-to-day operations of these community-run enterprises. This JSDF-SEWA project offers a wonderful example of the concept of transformational engagement that is, it sets in motion the home-grown engines of innovation and income generation, unleashing entrepreneurship which reaches and transforms society’s most marginalized. In this way, the activities of SEWA help contribute to poverty reduction.

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  • Author

    Mastri,Lawrence C.

  • Document Date

    2014/01/01

  • Document Type

    Working Paper

  • Report Number

    122956

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    World,

  • Region

    The World Region,

  • Disclosure Date

    2018/01/24

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Barefoot technicians and grassroots CEOs : how india’s self-employed women’s association (SEWA) is unleashing technology to spark innovation and enterprise among the rural poor

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Mastri,Lawrence C.

Barefoot technicians and grassroots CEOs : how india’s self-employed women’s association (SEWA) is unleashing technology to spark innovation and enterprise among the rural poor (English). Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/904131516800858447/Barefoot-technicians-and-grassroots-CEOs-how-india-s-self-employed-women-s-association-SEWA-is-unleashing-technology-to-spark-innovation-and-enterprise-among-the-rural-poor