Drishtee Visit

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Sep 27, 2008

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I visited with Satyan Mishra - Co-founder and Managing Director, Nitin Gachhayat - Co-Founder and President and Siddhartha Shankar - President Strategy and Projects -  see their pictures and bios here

These are very  professional group of individuals who came together eight years ago to create social programs that will positively impact the villages they serve.  they currently are serving over 1 million people and have received many awards, including:

2006 Fastest Growing High-Tech Company in India
by Deloitte

Among Top 8 Start-up Indian Companies
by Red Herring for offering unique solutions for India's burgeoning domestic market

ZDNET Asia Top Asian Technovisionaries Award
by ZDNET Asia for reaching out to the rural India and offering ICT-based Services

ZDNET Asia Technopreneur of the Year Award
by ZDNET Asia

2005 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award
by Schwab Foundation under the initiative of World Economic Forum and CII in India. Drishtee was selected as one of the 5 best Social Entreprise of the Year 2005 on this international platform.

2004 Ashoka Foundation Fellowship Award
for Social Entrepreneurs to founder and Managing Director, Mr. Satyan Mishra

2003 Development Marketplace Award
An award for making Services work for poor. An award of $68,100 by the World Bank in Development Marketplace held in Washington D.C.

2002 Best ICT Story Award
By IICD and Infodev (World Bank) for real-time case studies where Drishtee could bring in change in the lives of the rural users of the Drishtee services.

2001 Most Promising Social Enterprise Award
An investment award by Digital Partners in collaboration with the Indo-US Knowledge Trade Initiative of the US-India Business Council for utilizing information technology (IT) and the digital economy to benefit the world's poor.

Dristee uses franchising models to replicate and scale up most of their programs - including health, microcredit and computer kiosks.

They operate primarily independently of and without the financial resources of the government which places a major burden to raise the funds necessary to scale up programs and to finally reach sustainability.


Drishtee Foundation

Drishtee, an India based ICT enterprise has evolved an entrepreneurial network of the ICT Centers or Kiosks that facilitate information and services related to education, health, employment, government services, insurance, e-commerce and many more in the rural areas. The 1020 kiosk network of Drishtee Kiosks connects Panchayats to each other and to the service and information delivery channels developed through Drishtee. With one Kiosk on every five to six villages, Drishtee caters to rural users in more than 50,000 villages across India. It saves a huge opportunity cost and gives a considerable socio-economic edge to the communities being addressed through the ICTs.

The most common Challenge being faced by the ICT networks and the Information Centers today is in reaching out to the communities, i.e. bringing them closer to the ICT centers. Drishtee Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that facilitates a communication link between the ICT and its users for their sustainable development. It has been designed to play a catalytic role in enhancing the reach and results for economic and social benefits through the ICT networks, mainly through Research - to increase the viability component and Promotions - to step up the sustainability factor.
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