Sisu Vikas Samiti intend to use Mobile Vaani , a voice based technology which enables the community to raise their voices, share their concerns and express their take on social issues. Mobile Vaani platform will emerge as a common platform for the people of Odisha to share their experiences, address their queries/questions/doubts on various issues they encounter their day to day lives. Here the callers and listeners will take up the issues pertaining to the gaps in the service delivery systems of various Government Schemes, lack of awareness on social issues, better understanding of agricultur
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
Mayurbhanj district has 3945 villages. Total Population as per 2001 census is 22, 21,782 which is 6.05 % of the total population of Orissa. Out of which 11, 21,982 are males and 10, 99,800 are females. The Male Female sex ratio is 1000: 980. Out of the total population 20, 84,508 people live in the rural areas.12,86,938 belongs to Scheduled Tribe(ST) which is 57.9% of the total population and 1,55,482 belongs to Scheduled Caste (SC) which is 06.99% of the total population. The literacy rate of the district is 52.43%. Child Mortality Rate is 49:1000 and Maternal Mortality Rate is 154:1000.
We talked to several people at various points of time before preparing this proposal. The community is not at all represented on line.
We want to work with them in order to bring them to the mainstreams
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
The Team consists of
Shanti Ranjan Behera, Director, CEO
Santosh Kumar Naik, Care Taker, Programme Production Unit, Stores In Charge
Abhaya Kumar Jena,Accounts
Saibal Kanti Nayak, Computer Operation & Software maintenance
Mrs. Puspanjali Sabath,Programme Production
Ms.Abhipsa Shatarupa, Content Development,
Ms.Itishree Sahu,Women’s Empowerment Division,
None of us have the blog, Twitter and I have one Face Book Account which I do not use.
Virtually we will not be using this technology.
We will be using Mobile Vaani which is voice based Technology. More people have Mobile than Toilets at their homes. The people will be using Mobile and will get the response which they can hear instantly and respond .This technology will suit our low literacy pockets in the tribal regions of the s
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
It also requires Gram Vaani stations to offer diverse programming that reflects the needs and interests of the community, including:
• music by new and local talent;
• music not generally broadcast by commercial stations;
• spoken word programming; and
• Local Developmental information.
• Another landmark initiative we are looking for where programmes will be produced by communities in and around the village and to be distributed over the local cable network.
• The women in Mayurbhanj produced programmes on local developmental and cultural issues, and started broadcasting on the nearest Mobile Vaani Stations..
• We will be promoting content exchange especially radio programmes, good practices, case studies etc. to facilitate meaningful utilisation of available resources.
• The vis
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
Sisu Vikas Samiti will implement the project.
We will set up a committee once the project is approved in Principle. The existing community in course of time will carry out this project. All the formalities will be completed before the starting of the project.
Skills will be imparted to the people of the project area to handle the project. All these will be done during the project period.
Experience: What is the NGO’s experience in the locality?
Personally I belong to the District, working in the area of education for the last 2 decades.Hence, I am aware of the problem, the situation better and have a base.
We will have Partnerships with Local Self Help Groups(SHGs) i.e., Women Groups of the Block for successful implementation of
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
Assumptions and Risks.
It is important that assumptions have been checked and potential risks have been weighed prior to project implementation.
The following steps will be taken to minimize the risks.
– Training/ up gradation of the skills of the educators who will be involved in the project.
– Keeping the pool of Resource Persons in order to meet the emergency.
– Identification of the source where it can be available immediately with reasonable cost.
– Train our people over a period of time who will take care of themselves in any emergency.
Training of 60 participants in 3 batches @ 20 participants per batch.
There will be participatory planning and implementation at the District level.
There will be a Code of Conduct among the members of the Partner NGOs
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
We will focus Mobile Vaani Technology, Community Media Journalism while training Participants.
This is a mechanism to engage a wider user base and sustainability of the stations which is the need of the hour. We will offer an innovative, community focused “Radio over telephony” platform that is well suited to cater to this need.
• It is complete automation
• Increased user base and geographical reach
• Listen programme as and when
• On demand programme listening
• Participate in discussions and leave comments
• Citizen Journalism made easy
• Showcase your talent
• Accurate data and profile
As a Project Organiser we will bring professional expertise in terms of technical skills and content development .
This technology is most appropriate since the level of literacy is low and p
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
The programme can be divided in to 2 stages
1. Technical ( Programme Production)
2. Non Technical (Content Preparation)
We will hire a professional studio for programme production for short duration before we install our own studio.
We need 1 Computer
Internet facility (Broadband) for 1 year
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What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
Orissa is the second poorest state in India. Nearly 22 % of the population of the state is tribals, whose position is worst in the entire country. In certain development indicators, the proposed education programme for the tribal children even lags behind Sub-Saharan Africa. Ecological degradation, erratic rainfall and a high risk of drought in the area have resulted in Food insecurity, increasing out migration and periodic deaths from starvation. A small land base, low agricultural productivity and low income have led to rising in indebtedness, trapping tribals in to a vicious circle of exploitation. Land alienation has deprived them of their land, forest legislation has turned them in to encroachers on land have always used: and they also have disproportionately affected by displacement
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
Assumptions & Challenges:
If Girls area excluded from the mainstream education then it will be next to impossible to advance the society. Girls’ education yield /some of the highest networks of all investments in development benefitting individuals, families and society as a whole. Girls have the ability to bring unprecedented social and economic change to their families and communities.
A girl will contribute 25% extra income educate her daughter,
The returns on investment in Girls education are higher than for boys; educated women, Can increase earning potential .
Approximately 82% of the girls enrolled in the first standard drop out before they are 15 years old, Challenges will be from Vested Interest Groups like village headmen, traditional leaders, corrupt politicians and others
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
Monitoring and Evaluation:
There will be an in built mechanism to monitor the project regularly on behalf of the implementing organization. There will be monthly and quarterly review meeting as a part of the monitoring system.
The project will be evaluated in two stages
Mid Term Evaluation: at the end of 6th month of the project period.
Final Evaluation: After the completion of the 12th month and before the end of 13th month.
How will evaluation be undertaken?
The project will be evaluated by a group of professional evaluators who have specialized in the subject. The names will be suggested by the project implementing organization and has to be approved by the funding agency or vice versa.
Impact studies will be taken up and the result will be shared with the global
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
Timescale for implementation.
June 2014 to May 2015
June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Signing of MOU &
Transfer of Funds/Setting up of Studio etc June
Purchase of Computer, Equipments, Net Connections etc June/July
Issue Based Mass Awareness campaign
Submission of Final Report +
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
Item NGO Input/$ Local Input s Indian Rupees Grant Sought $
Local Personnel Yes Nil
Travel Yes Nil
Translation etc Yes Nil
1.HP Intel Computer,
Modem 1 35,000
Server Set Up 15,000 250.00
Internet Broadband Charges 10,000 167.00
Cost of 2 SIM Cards Active 5,000 084.00
Programme Production Yes 36,000 600.00
Training 30,000 500.00
Total 133,500 2225.00/Say 2200
I certify that the details contained in this application are correct and I undertake to provide any additional information, which may be required in support of the application.
Signature : Shanti Ranjan Behera 09.04.2014
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
Since this is the first project of it’s kind in Odisha we would make all efforts to make it a grand success.
Under the circumstances we would appreciate if you can provide us
-case studies of some successful projects.
-put us in touch right people or right organizations who might give us a helping hand, may be in terms of sharing the knowledge or providing the skill etc
-Connect us with people or organizations working in the low literacy areas with great impact on the minds of the people.
-Can send us books, reports, or at least some references from where we can have the resource materials.
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Shanti Ranjan Behera
SISU VIKAS SAMITI