Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2004
One Village, One Computer
This description of Anil Shaligram's work was prepared when Anil Shaligram was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
Through his One Village One Computer (1V1C) initiative, Anil Shaligram is making information technology relevant and accessible to rural communities in India by teaching underserved people to use computers as a means of tackling basic social and economic problems and setting up a network of locally run IT cooperatives. In Maharashtra, where Anil’s initiative began, villagers have used their new skill sets to take on many development issues like scarcity of water, unemployment, and education, where his train-and-empower strategies are making inroads nationwide. 1V1C promotes a democratic use of information technology to help people take ownership of solutions to community challenges.
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