Activities on Mobile Vaani

Helping look beyond disabilities: Namma Vaani

Helping look beyond disabilities: Namma Vaani

Namma Vaani is an IVR platform provided by Enable India. Run on Gram Vaani’s (OnionDev) Mobile Vaani platform, it caters to the information needs of persons with disabilities and has been piloted in Karnataka. His exams only a few days…

Something For The Mothers

Something For The Mothers

India has the highest number of maternal deaths in the world, an estimated 44,000 deaths every year. Despite 75% decline in the Maternal Mortality Ratio in India between 1990 and 2015, the maternal health crisis is far from over. Another…

A Comparison of MobileVaani with Radio and Digital Media

A Comparison of MobileVaani with Radio and Digital Media

The increased connectivity and technology penetration in India have opened up newer rural and urban markets for the businesses to tap into. The role of advertising becomes paramount for any business venture to reach out to these consumers and capture…

Farmers’ plea for insurance payments heard through Mobile Vaani

Farmers’ plea for insurance payments heard through Mobile Vaani

About the Mobile Vaani Impact series: Since 2012, Mobile Vaani has been reaching thousands of people in India’s vast hinterlands with news, views and information about health, banking, education, sanitation, sexuality, agriculture, government policies, etc. At the same time, the…

Demonetisation: 100 days on, are we ready to go cashless?

Demonetisation: 100 days on, are we ready to go cashless?

Not yet, say results of a Mobile Vaani survey conducted in Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. Over time, the purported agenda for demonetisation shifted from capturing black money to putting India on a firm road towards cashless, accounted-for transactions. Phone…

Our view on the use of ICTs for development

Our view on the use of ICTs for development

ICTs for development have evolved through several stages. The very first stage in the mid-2000s was marked with hyped optimism that merely provisioning technology could work wonders by democratizing communication. However, the late 2000s forced a reality check with the…