Development News, Opinions and Features
The OneWorld South Asia portal is development content face of OneWorld. The portal is an online resource platform for news, opinions, features and resources relates to social and sustainable development, climate change and human rights in South Asia. It also focuses specifically on the Millennium Development Goals and even responsible businesses. Through the OWSA portal, OneWorld also disseminates development content in the mainstream media. For more, visit
Digital Knowledge Repository on MGNREGA
OneWorld has partnered with the Government of India’s to create a digital knowledge repository for India’s job guarantee scheme, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme. It offers an online platform to highlight the collaborative efforts of governments, NGOs and the private sector to generate as well as input into the ongoing discourse on the legislation and the scheme. The website’s open archive of resources enables free access to news articles and scholarly works on MGNREGA. For more, visit
SMS Advisory for Maternal and Child Healthcare
OneWorld's SMS-based service keeps pregnant women and their families informed on their nutritional needs, pre-natal care and regular medical check-ups. Women are sent two messages a week for one year to cover their pregnancy and the first three months of the newborn’s existence. These SMSes are sent to over 1,000 pregnant women in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh and are supplemented with specific medical advice and reminders for important tests that they need to undertake. These SMSes are also directed at the families of the pregnant women, community workers and health officials.
Telephonic Helpline for Farmers
LifeLines-Agriculture is an agri-advisory information delivery service for bridging digital divide in rural India through ICT-oriented provision of information, guidance and advice. Farmers record questions related to crops, livestock, fertilisers and dairy, which are answered by experts and made available in 24-48 hours. The farmer gets the answer in the form of an audio relayed to him over the phone. Launched in September 2006, LifeLines India has been developed by OneWorld in collaboration with British Telecom and Cisco Systems and has served about two lakh farmers. For more visit,
Telephonic Helpline for Teachers
The LifeLines-Education is a telephonic advisory system for teachers. It aims to bridge the digital divide through an ICT-oriented provision of information, guidance and advice. Teachers in Rajasthan use phones to record their queries in the knowledge exchange service. Their queries are answered by experts within 24-48 hours. Teachers can access the answers after they dial the query number that they get at the time of asking the question. LifeLines-Education is run in collaboration with the Rajasthan government and Unicef in the state of Rajasthan. For more visit,
Voice-Enabled Infokiosks to Support MGNREGA
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is India’s most ambitious job guarantee legislation. To bring transparency and accountability into the scheme, OneWorld has developed and deployed an icon-led and voice-enabled infokiosk to help illiterate workers access information on the legislation, their rights, entitlements, wages due, attendance etc. Aspiring workers can also register for workers after biometric authentication and get receipts. The system also provides for the government to keep track of the workers’ shifts and pay them accordingly. The pilot project in Bhilwara in Rajasthan was supported by the Government of India’s Ministry of Rural Development and UNDP. For more, visit
Monitoring Sanitation Behaviour Using Mobiles
OneWorld has partnered with the Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) of The World Bank to strengthen the monitoring framework of the Government of India’s Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) by using GPS-assisted mobile-based technologies to gather information on sanitation behaviour of rural populations, and measure their access to and use of toilets. The innovation has been successfully piloted in Bihar and Himachal Pradesh. The mobile-mounted innovation integrates Internet and GPS technologies to collect and transmit sanitation data in real-time, directly from rural households. A geo-location feature allows all data to be plotted on an interactive map, giving a credible picture of the state of toilet infrastructure in rural India.
Improving Drinking Water Services Using Mobile-based ICTs
OneWorld in collaboration with SWASTH team, Government of Bihar, and supported by DFID, has piloted a monitoring system using mobile-web and SMS technologies to strengthen the operation, maintenance and improvement of water services from hand-pumps – in alpha-numeric and visual format, and along with geo-locational parameters – for rural population in Nalanda, Bihar.
Documenting Best Practices in Governance
The Governance Knowledge Centre is an online information repository and platform for sharing information on developments in the field of governance in India.

The website aims to assist administrators and public servants in seeking practical solutions to the challenges they face in their daily work. It helps bring a better understanding of administrative practices and governance standards in India. The site documents innovative governance practices and has a repository accessible to all. This repository includes working papers, government reports and policy briefings.

The site is managed by OneWorld for the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DAR&PG) of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India. For more, visit
Appropriate Technology Choices for NGOs
Appropriate Technology Choice or ATC is an initiative to enable civil society to make informed decisions on the use of right technologies, including on equipment, software and techniques, which would be most effective in aiding development. The emphasis on choice comes from the fact that the technology is determined by need, not the other way round. Thus, when certain technologies are imposed on communities by donors, as opposed to the people choosing them, technologies do not prove to be as effective. People should be able to choose the right technologies they need. For more, visit
Knowledge Intermediary mapping project
OneWorld Foundation India is collaborating with the Institute of Development Studies' (IDS), the UK, on the Mobilising Knowledge for Development (MK4D) Programme to develop a new interactive tool to display maps of/and information about knowledge intermediaries in South Asia. The idea is to help Knowledge Intermediaries to make connections with each other, raise their profile and help facilitate peer support. The partnership seeks to build a stronger civil society in South Asia and build a platform that will bring together NGOs from the region to network, share and learn from each other.
Documenting South Asian Case Studies on Access to Public Information
OneWorld has partnered with the World Bank Institute (WBI) and Canadian Institute of Development Agency (CIDA) to identify, prioritize and implement actions for effective Access to Information (ATI) adoption and implementation in South Asia.

As part of the project, OneWorld has researched and documented experiences of seven innovative ICT practices in India and Bangladesh aimed at advancing access to information, transparency and accountability for strengthening governance and contributing to sustainable development. For more, visit
Web Presence for NGOs
Ek Duniya Web Services or EDWS empowers NGOs to use ICTs among communities as a strategic communication tool and contribute to the ongoing global efforts to ensure social and sustainable development in South Asia. Ek Duniya Web Services helps create and nurture the online presence on civil society.

The user-friendly Ek Duniya Web Services platform has pitch-forked numerous partner organizations, and intermediate civil society and community-based organisations to register quality web presence in local languages. Ek Duniya Web Services can be used by organisations with little technical expertise to host local language content and update their websites for effective e-communication and advocacy. For more, visit
Bridging Digital Inclusion
The Digital Opportunity Channel is a website that shares information related to digital inclusion. It includes content on how people and communities benefit through the use of ICTs. The aim is to inform and educate people around the world on the use of ICTs as a tool for social and sustainable development, social equity, better quality of services and good governance.
Media Fellowship on Hunger
One of the new initiatives launched by OneWorld is the media fellowship on hunger. Developed collaboratively by The AkshayaPatra Foundation and OneWorld, it gives an opportunity to Indian journalists from the mainstream media to study, analyse and report on the issue of hunger. The intent is to raise awareness about the issue of food security and help create informed public opinion, leading to action to address the challenge.Under the six-month-long fellowship, journalists publish/ broadcast/ telecast stories/ programmes on hunger and other related topics. For more, visit
Online Media Partnership on Development Events
OneWorld is the official online media partner of TERI's flagship event, Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS). OneWorld staffers write and publish articles on important issues on the web or broadcast through audio and video channels. Key speakers and participants are also interviewed. Apart from populating the event website, the content also appears as a dedicated DSDS web-page on the websites of the global OneWorld ( and OneWorld South Asia ( Besides, the content is also syndicated to mainstream media and more than 30 other OneWorld partner websites. For more, visit
Community Radio Buzz on Social Media
At the behest of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, OneWorld has created the official Facebook page for the ministry on community radio in India.

The Facebook page keeps community radio broadcasters, practitioners and policy-makers up-to-date on the latest developments in the domain in the country. It also acts as a forum for people to share and express their views. For more, visit
Capacity Building of Community Radio Stations
OneWorld has played a pivotal role in the community radio movement in India, training local communities and grassroots organisations to use radio as a medium for spreading awareness on social issues and finding local solutions to address community challenges.

Besides, OneWorld has established a strategic advisory and capacity building programme to help NGOs launch new community stations across India. For instance, OneWorld enabled a group of young people in a small town, Chanderi, in Madhya Pradesh in India to set up and run its own local radio station, Chanderi Ki Awaaz, which is in fact powered by solar energy.
Community media for advocacy
OneWorld has been providing strategic advisory and capacity building support to urban and rural communities to create mobilise, and advocate on a host of issues, including WatSan, safe cities, sex-selective abortion, gender-based violence, Government schemes and provisions such as NREGA and RTI, organic farming, and environmental sustainability. This was achieved through capacity building on the use of community radio and its application in the creation and dissemination of advocacy material, mobilisation and interaction with service providers on a public platform.
Audio Content Exchange Platform
EK Duniya anEK Awaaz or EDAA (One world, many voices) is a web-based audio content exchange website that enables community radio stations all over South Asia to share their audio programmes with one another. Currently, the platform hosts over 110 CR stations, which have shared more than1,300 audio programmes. These programmes can be played, downloaded and shared for free from the EDAA website.

In addition to audio programmes, EDAA maintains updated sections on community radio news, policy guidelines, jobs and funding The OneWorld initiative is supported by the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA). For more, visit
Radio Programmes on Development Issues
Ek Duniya Ek Awaaz or EDEA (One World, One Voice) is a half-an-hour weekly programme on development issues in Hindi run by OneWorld on India’s national broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) since 2005. The programme features interactions with distinguished people, focusing on topical issues related to themes like governance, agriculture, education and health.

Till date, EDEA has so broadcast more than 350 radio programmes. The programme is broadcast every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:00 pm on AIR-FM Rainbow India 102.6 MHz.