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Can E-Commerce &use of ICT’s help Rural Women of Balochistan to fight Poverty?

Can E-Commerce &use of ICT’s help Rural Women of Balochistan to fight Poverty?

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Can E-Commerce &use of ICT’s help Rural Women of Balochistan to fight Poverty?

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  1. Can E-Commerce &use of ICT’s help Rural Women of Balochistan to fight Poverty? The 4th International Workshop on Frontiers of Information Technology(FIT 2006) 20th –21st December, 2006, Islamabad, Pakistan

  2. Presentation Outline • Problem Statement • Introduction of Web Smart Spaces • Related Work • Proposed Solution • Used Methodology • Conclusion • Future Directions

  3. Problem Statement • The rural women of Balochistan facing perpetual cycle of poverty, social exclusion and low bargaining power to sell their handmade items • The handmade goods (handicrafts) taken by middlemen on very cheep rates • Lack of skills, no awareness about use ICT’s to help them in finding international markets.

  4. What is Solution ? Use of ICT’s, E-commerce and Web portal

  5. What is Web Portal? A platform with numerous elements that: • help and enable these rural women to present their products and services with photos and descriptions on the internet. • information and guidance to start small business and contains useful links for rural women.

  6. Related Work International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)-supported programme • The rural women in Latin America and the Caribbean are selling shampoo, textiles, leather goods and other handmade products over the internet, through an The Seelampur Community ICT Centre • An ICT learning centre for girls and women located in a high-density, low-income area in India's capital New Delhi.

  7. Related Work (Contt) The First Mile Project • The majority of poor people in Tanzania live in rural areas, and most are small farmers for whom agriculture is the only way out of poverty

  8. Proposed Solution • The use of ICTs to help rural women of Balochistan in overcoming perpetual cycle of poverty, • Building their capabilities and vocational skills. • A web portal is proposed which will help and enable these rural women to present their products and services with photos and descriptions on the internet. • Through online chat rooms and forums, rural women can have their questions answered about market access

  9. Used Methodology • The proposed web portal can be developed with the help of provincial IT/Social Welfare Department and maintained centrally by any of social welfare organization working for human resource development in the province. • Development & Launching of web portal • Training of youngsters for use of ICTs • Online chat-rooms and discussions

  10. Phase-I • Development & Launching of web portal • The proposed web portal initially launched and owned by any of the above mentioned NGO’s and then linked to provincial/country web portals. • The social workers from these organizations will help the rural women to submit Digital photos and description of their products • The potential customers for these handicrafts can contact the administrator and then to the relevant rural women for purchase of items.

  11. Phase-II • Training of youngsters for use of ICTs • Large number of youth both male and female remain jobless and become burden over their families. • This addresses two issues at a time: • one the capacity building and job opportunities for young men & women • the access of rural women to use ICTs for the showcasing their products.

  12. Phase-III • Online chat-rooms and discussions • In this phase women can trained and directly involved in the use of ICT. • A web portal will enable rural women to make direct contacts with the potential national and international customers through email, chat rooms and forums.

  13. Conclusion • We proposed a web portal as a test bed for use of e-commerce and ICT’s to help rural women to fight poverty. • Social welfare organizations e.g. NGOs can help these rural women to access this web portal.

  14. Future Work • Youngsters of these areas can be given basic training of ICT to help these women in marketing their products • Provision to poor rural women the facility of mobile van service.

  15. References • Government of Balochistan, http://www.balochistan.gov.pk/New%20Folder/geo.htm • Abdul Wadood, Journey Towards Emancipation, SEHER Publication, 2002. • Ali A. Naqvi, Demystifying, Learning, Struggling, Overpowering the Myths of Information Technology through Human Resource Development, CIRN 2005 • Jo Rhodes, Can E- Commerce Enable Marketing in an African Rural Women's Community Based Development Organization?, Informing Science Journal, Special Series on Community Informatics, Vol. 6, 2003 • Women entrepreneurs go global with e-commerce, Fighting Rural poverty, the role of ICT, Key Facts by IFAD • Putting ICTs in the hands of the women, Stockholm Challenge Award 2006 • Yousaf Haroon Mujahid, “Digital Opportunity Initiative for Pakistan”, The Electronic Journal on Information Systems in Developing Countries, EJISDC (2002) 8, 6, 1-14 • The First Mile Project First Mile Project http://www.firstmiletanzania.net/‘Communication and learning for better market linkages’

  16. Thanks…….