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NGOs to go techno savvy
Correspondent KOHIMA,Aug 5(NPN):
Published on 6 Aug. 2010 12:27 AM IST
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With an initiative to empower grass root organizations with information, communication and technology, a two day e-NGO national workshop and training programme got underway at Working Women’s Hostel, Kohima.
Altogether 46 NGOs from all over Nagaland has registered to go online by getting full website of their organizations.
State chief secretary and development commissioner, Alemtemshi Jamir, who graced the introductory session, said that linking of NGOs with information technology was a significant event which would not only help NGOs but the society too. He said that voluntary sector or NGOs were the driving force behind development and socio-economic growth in the society, and added that their linkage with the IT world would be effective.
The chief guest also stated that the role of government was reducing in the 21st century with the voluntary sector reaching out to all corners of the society. He asserted that the government would recognize voluntary sector as an important sector and therefore had initiated communitization by giving a hand to voluntary organizations as well.
Alemtemshi Jamir maintained that functioning of the sector would be strengthened and easier when linked with ICT. He added that corruption and fraud would be checked with digital technology
S.S. Kazi from North East Development Foundation said that the basic concept of eNGO was to empower NGOs with information and get them internet platform to connect with the government and other stakeholders.
He stated that with eNGO, there would be more transparency in the functioning of the organization. Kazi informed that the eNGO method was done for the second time in the North East. It was earlier conceived in 2008 by Digital Empowerment Foundation with support from National Internet Exchange of India and facilitated by North East Development Foundation, New Delhi.
Earlier, Hekani Jakhalu, director of YouthNet, gave an introduction to the workshop.
NGOs participating in the workshop included those working with drugs, HIV and AIDS, consumer rights, students bodies, church based ministries, the Old Age Home, Kohima Orphanage and Destitute Home, Lion’s Club, etc. The two day workshop is being organized by YouthNet and North East Development Foundation, and supported by Government of Nagaland.

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