These unprecedented times brings forth a new opportunity. For the rural India, it is the time for the people to upskill, learn and embrace technology in their daily lives. When the nationwide lockdown was announced to curb in the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 60% of the country’s rural population couldn’t fathom the many challenges that they would be facing. Some non-profit organisations have been instrumental in supporting these changes, and driving a positive societal impact on people.
Apoorva Oza, CEO of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India), believes that “Technology has played a big role in helping not just our volunteers to stay connected, but also for planning and operationalising relief operations for rural communities”. It has broken barriers and helped us re-imagine the world by making life easier and conveninent, faster and flexible in so many ways. The lockdown due to COVID-19, an unprecendented and rapidly spreading contagion, has made most governments and industry react swiftly by looking at alternatives means for ensuring minimal risk is caused to protect the economy and markets.
“Digital technology is enabled us to have a relief distribution about dashboard, and GPS-enabled ,audio-visual recordings emerged as a reliable system to keep our team, donors and the local authorities updated on the number of people impacted and locations covered on the daily basis, helping ensure efficiency,” says Anshu Sharma, co-founder of Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society.
The mobilisation of all this is supported with the robust digital network, the prevalence of which has led to progress during these times.