Anil Shaligram

Ashoka Fellow
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Fellow Since 2004
One Village, One Computer

Citation

This profile was prepared when Anil Gajanan Shaligram was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
Advances in information technology have little relevance for people who lack basic information and knowledge to identify and resolve everyday social issues. Starting from this premise, Anil is both teaching computer literacy and outfitting rural communities with hardware and software that have real applications in their lives. His One Village One Computer training program emphasizes computer functions like data and word processing, mapping, and analytical skills that can be used to gather information to support political and economic change. He has sought out and commissioned software programs that are specially tailored for rural communities. To ensure ready and affordable access to computers, he is also helping communities develop cooperative IT Seva Kendras (Service Centers) that are locally owned and run. The goal is to make them self-sustaining in the long term.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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