Ananya Raihan

Ashoka Fellow
Bangladesh,
Fellow Since 2004
D.Net

Citation

This profile was prepared when Ananya Raihan was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
Ananya’s idea is simple: Help marginalized rural communities participate in the social and economic mainstream by bringing people the information they need in a format they can use. Through D.Net, an organization he launched in 2001, Ananya is creating the infrastructure for a vast clearinghouse of Bengali-language information and resources that can be accessed through a variety of mediums—telephone, community radio, the internet, even printed materials—at locally-run village information centers, or Pallitathya Kendras (PKs). Because the network is designed around existing technologies, start-up costs for PKs are low, and revenues from the sale of information and related services can ultimately sustain them. And the emphasis on local ownership means a new business opportunity for the community.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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