CITE and SEWA Bharat Announce New Partnership to Understand the Potential of Consumer-Driven Technology Evaluation
New Delhi, India— In 2016, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will partner with Delhi-based Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) Bharat to learn how young women in India's informal sector define, perceive, purchase, and interact with technology in their work and day-to-day lives. Although low-income consumers often understand their unique technology needs best, they are seldom consulted when technologies are purchased for an initiative intended to alleviate poverty in their very communities.
Findings from a new pilot project will enable MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) and SEWA Bharat to determine what role technology evaluation could play in SEWA’s programs at scale, enabling SEWA’s members to use CITE’s technology evaluation methods to improve the lives of themselves and their families.
On January 20, 2016, MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation and SEWA Bharat formally announced this new partnership in a convening of local government officials, NGOs, donors, and consumers, followed by open discussion and exploration of collaboration opportunities.
About SEWA Bharat
SEWA Bharat is part of the national SEWA movement. Established in 1984, it is a national federation of SEWA organizations of women working in the informal economy. SEWA Bharat emerged out of the need to address the SEWA movement’s challenges with geographical expansion and coordination. SEWA Bharat is comprised of a family of SEWA organizations to further informal women workers’ rights, livelihoods, financial independence, education, health and social security.