Our services enable
communities to share information and
equip themselves to
bring positive
changes in their lives.

Technology can support human development only when people adopt it wholeheartedly. At Gram Vaani, we use technology to create participatory media platforms that people find accessible and adaptable. We develop communication platforms where people whose voices are often unheard can share their opinions, hear from each other, and build communities.We strive for sustained, positive behaviour change through programmes that are relevant to people’s contexts and needs. We believe that such inclusive, bottom-up media platforms, which are by and for the people, will build empathetic societies.

Our areas of work

Health and Health Tech
Family & Health

Communication channels, meant to help communities make informed choices, are often broken by the barriers of literacy, digital divide and other socio-cultural factors, leading to widespread exclusion. Through our community media platforms, we inform, engage and hear the voices of people from hard-to-reach communities, including the healthcare workforce, to contribute to better health outcomes for the country. And our technologies offer ways to digitally collect and assess data quickly for use by health officials and academics.

Governance
Media & Governence

Millions of citizens in India’s rural hinterlands do not have access to communication channels through which they can be better informed, share opinions and solutions with one another, or raise their voices and seek assistance when they cannot access their rights. The governance program provides authoritative and actionable information supported by a strong cadre of community volunteers, through which people can be better informed, and enables people to raise their issues, and highlights these issues to the administration to spur them into action.

Workforce & Labour Rights
Agriculture Program

workers are as a whole under-waged and under-protected, but even the 20m or so toiling in the registered factory sector often cannot enjoy the legal provisions due to poor enforcement. Our programmes on Workforce and Labour Rights aim to give a voice to low-income industrial workers across India, offer them information and raise their awareness on their rights as workers, so that they collaborate to hold their employers and governments accountable for working conditions  India’s

Women & Child Development
Family & Health

Access to media and information is highly unequal across India along the lines of gender, rural/urban locations, caste, class, disability, and other forms of marginalisation. This is especially the case among women in rural areas, where patriarchal norms limit their mobility, accessibility, ownership, and usage of digital medium. We help women overcome these barriers and bridge the digital literacy gap by facilitating their participation in systemic processes to improve health & nutrition, family planning, socio-economic entitlements, livelihoods, and political progress.

Livelihoods and Agriculture
Youth

A sustained and dignified means of livelihood depends on people’s ability to access contextual information to keep their work relevant, and on social capital to survive livelihood shocks. Communities from low-income groups lack these critical links. The Livelihoods and Agriculture programme helps them connect with livelihood and agriculture experts, as well as with peers, to get their queries resolved and get accessible, relevant information and ideas for growth.

Education & Youth Engagement
Youth

A large section of youth and children in ‘hard-to-reach’ areas lack access to education and remote learning opportunities. Similarly, families lack opportunities to update their skills through non-traditional education or professional trajectories. The Education and Youth Engagement programme helps such communities engage in a new eco-system of ‘connected learning’, wherein the students can access learning modules, raise queries, share experiences, and secure new connections going beyond their neighbourhood.

What we offer
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How does it work
We form participatory networks by identifying partners and community volunteers who can facilitate awareness and behaviour change, highlight local issues and work on grievance redressals. With their help, we mobilise our target communities to listen to and contribute to our participatory media solutions.

In every stage of our work, we try to understand ground realities and community needs through in-depth research. This guides our programme design and implementation.

We create contextual content to engage our target users; users add completeness by sharing their experiences and grievances. This way, our content follows a bottom-up approach, fulfilling our objectives to make our media solution completely participatory and creating high engagement with our target communities.
We develop customised participatory media solutions that partners and volunteers carry forward with the community. These technology solutions are developed by considering the users’ digital literacy levels, availability of internet resources, access, affordability, and various community dynamics. The process also includes training and enabling capacities for adoption of the solution. This approach helps in ensuring that the technology stays relevant on the ground.
Our Reach

5 Countries

Presence

1Mn calls

Total Voice Reports

10+ States

In India

150+

Partners
Highlights
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