Digital Empowerment Foundation
Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) registers itself as a not-for-profit under Societies Registration Act, 1860. One of the primary goals of DEF that flows from its Mission and Vision statements is providing access for all to the Internet. This goal is also fully aligned with global and national mandates with regard to digital inclusion and bridging of the digital divide. All the projects in this programmatic area have the overarching goal of achieving access for all and creating the infrastructure needed to do so.DEF believes access to the Internet together with digital literacy can empower people to use information and knowledge to improve their lives on their own in various ways using different digital tools. DEF has adopted a multi-stakeholder approach and a seven-fold path to enable communities, governments, schools, civil society organisations and micro-enterprises avail the benefits of the Information Age. It promotes more extensive use of ICTs for development and has created platforms for discovering and honouring ICTD innovators and practitioners so as to create a knowledge hub and database and an ecosystem that can enable digital innovators to share knowledge, forge partnerships and scale up. It is also engaged in advocacy and research on all digital areas and such issues as Internet rights and right to information.To Know More http://defindia.org/
European Union
The European Union is a unique economic and political partnership between 28 European countries. In 1957, the signature of the Treaties of Rome marked the will of the six founding countries to create a common economic space. Since then, first the Community and then the European Union has continued to enlarge and welcome new countries as members. The Union has developed into a huge single market with the euro as its common currency. What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organisation spanning all areas, from development aid to environmental policy. Thanks to the abolition of border controls between EU countries, it is now possible for people to travel freely within most of the EU. It has also become much easier to live and work in another EU country. The five main institutions of the European Union are the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers, the European Commission, the Court of Justice and the Court of Auditors. The European Union is a major player in international cooperation and development aid. It is also the world’s largest humanitarian aid donor. The primary aim of the EU’s own development policy, agreed in November 2000, is the eradication of poverty.To Know More http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/india/index_en.htm



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