Blog Archives

AIDA Launches with a Celebration and Inspiration for Social Change

On August 15, Appropriate IT Development Academy (AIDA) hosted a special event to celebrate India’s independence day and mark the opening of AIDA’s first training center in Kinathukadavu, near Coimbatore, India.

This event “Celebrating Ourselves, Inspiring Social Change” took place at NGP Engineering College, Coimbatore on Aug 15 from 3 – 5 pm. The ceremony opened with a short presentation on Appropriate IT’s

Tags: ,
Categories: announcements, development academy, featured

Introducing Janani: A Crowdsourcing + Citizen Engagement Platform

Appropriate IT’s Innovation Lab is delighted to announce the release of our first product: Janani, an open source crowdsourcing + citizen engagement platform for social accountability.

Janani is a citizen engagement platform ideal for crowdsourced assessments of publicly funded projects, monitoring of service delivery to citizens, improving accountability in governance, or increasing participation for programs.

Key features of the platform include:

An easy-to-use text messaging

Tags: , , ,
Categories: announcements, appropriate it, featured, innovation lab

Sifting Through The Payment Gateway Maze Of India (Part 2)

(Guest blog by Sibi Gnanasundaram)

Continuation of the introduction and context from Sifting Through The Payment Gateway Maze in India (Part 1)

Payment gateways available in India (information as of April 2014)

CC-Avenue: Probably CC-Avenue is the best known of all payment gateways. Until recently, they were a monopoly, which led to awful customer service and no innovation within their website, or payment features. Some

Tags:
Categories: solutions

Sifting Through The Payment Gateway Maze in India (Part 1)

(Guest blog by Sibi Gnanasundaram)

India has been going through a period of rapid economic expansion in the last decade. While most aspects of India have grown exponentially, internet and e-commerce seemed to lag behind until recently. An explosion of internet usage, especially mobile Internet, has caused many new entrepreneurs to focus on technology startups instead of traditional businesses. We have seen this first hand

Tags:
Categories: featured, solutions

Hope in Young India

(blog post by Deeba Murugesh)

I should have written this blog right after the meeting the girls in December 2012. We all need a task master and mine, though a gentle one nudged me to write this blog now.

While I was in India last year, Usha was there to conduct a training session for college students in Coimbatore. This was AIDA’s second training program

Tags: ,
Categories: development academy, featured

Mini Announcement: AI Blog Migration

Appropriate IT’s blog has migrated from our own servers to the hosted service at WordPress.com.

This is the first, and most probably the simplest, step in our major redesign of the main website at www.appropriateit.org. There may be some issues with images displaying properly or broken links. We will be resolving those issues in due course.

Please pardon the inconvenience. :)

Categories: announcements

Changes, Changes…

Appropriate IT is in the midst of an exciting transition. Watch out for major announcements by the end of the year. In preparation, our technologies and internal systems are changing as well. The first step in the systems migration is our blog which is moving from our internal server to wordpress.com.

All blog posts, images, and other files from the archives are being migrated to

Categories: announcements, appropriate it

Wishing Upon a Star…

Appropriate IT Development Academy
Education for Life

Email display problem? View in browser.

Dear Friends,

A new year is upon us. When we look back to the beginning of 2011 for Appropriate IT, I remember feeling like we were wishing upon a star. We had an audacious idea of what we wanted to achieve – enable under-privileged young women become full participants in the

Tags: , ,
Categories: appropriate it, development academy

Understanding the Wants and Needs of Customers

In their chapter titled “Innovation for the BoP: The Patient-Capital Perspective,” Robert Kennedy (University of Michigan and WDI) and Jacqueline Novogratz (Acumen Fund) give a real-world example of why a social (or any) enterprise should be willing to learn from their customers on what their wants and needs are and be ready to tailor their services appropriately.

Human-centric design begins with attempt to understand the

Tags: ,
Categories: resources

ICT for Banking & Micro Finance

ICT for Development Case Studies Series

IV. Banking & Micro Finance

Lessons from the Field – ICTs in Microfinance
PRODEM, for example, is using ICTs to verify the identity of its customers. It utilizes a combination of smart card technology combined with biometrics to allow fingerprint ID verification at all of its branches and ATMs. The use of fingerprint verification ensures that only the account

Tags:
Categories: africa, asia, latin america, regions, research, resources
Featured Posts
  • Krishi Janani: Stepping Out Into the Great Unknown

    Krishi Janani: Ag Tech Network

    So…Appropriate IT is working on a new sustainable agriculture technology platform – Krishi Janani. We have been at it for a while now, launching a partially working prototype earlier this year. Before I go into the ‘Great Unknown’ parts of the story, a quick summary:

    Krishi Janani is an ag tech network (online platform + young women-led rural ag tech centers) enabling organic and sustainable

  • Pay It Forward: A Training in Namakkal

    Namakkal Training 6

    A three day technology training in building websites with WordPress at PGP college in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu

    By Alexandra de Vogel, Assistant Trainer

    With a background in Industrial design and innovation management, being part of this training was a first experience for me. But now I know that it will definitely not be my last experience in this field. These three days in Namakkal

  • Learning is a Mindset

    AIDA Inauguration 5

    (Guest blog by Heather A. Moore)

    Usha recently invited me to share some words of advice with the inspiring young women that had recently graduated from the pilot program of AIDA, Appropriate IT’s Development Academy, and with those from the community. Having gathered some sage advice from a few wise and generous mentors throughout my career, as well as the hard earned wisdom that comes

Archive