A quick introduction to our work at Gram Vaani, explaining our product verticals and partner engagement strategies. Download the brief profile here

Mobile Vaani

A peek into the discussions that happen on Mobile Vaani, describing our content strategy, stakeholder networking, and impact stories

A GRP (gross rating points) comparator between Mobile Vaani and traditional mass media, to see how we can deliver more effective advertising than other media

The Mobile Vaani partner program to start new networks, how to apply, and how to engage with Gram Vaani long term. Also read our step-by-step guide to starting your own Mobile Vaani network, activate your community, bring impact, and make your network sustainable

A comprehensive article on how Mobile Vaani enhances development programs, brings impact, its potential as forming a local community media platform for rural areas, and long term plans as Internet penetration grows in Indian villages.

vAutomate voice solutions

Included here are product sheets for our vAutomate suite, to help you run your field operations and community/customer engagement activities more efficiently and measurably: vSurvey, vHelp, vAct, vConnect, vInform, and vTrain.

Read how social enterprises can use our vAutomate suite to bring efficiency to their operations.

With more than 70 percent population living in rural areas and low level of health facilities, mortality rates due to diseases are on a high. Our Whitepaper on Rural Health Care describes how vAutomate technology solutions can be leveraged for improving health care in Rural India.

Community radio

GRINS (Gramin Radio Inter Networking System), to help community radio stations manage their content, archive programs, use telephony and SMS, and much more


Advocating the use of ICTs to improve governance

How social media can be used for governance at the bottom of the pyramid, by establishing linkages between the government hierarchy and citizens

How an eco-system of relevant stakeholders can be put together to create local information services networks in rural areas

This paper describes how and why social media technologies can help improve grievance redressal rates for public services. It summarizes our experience with the MCD, Action India in slums in east Delhi, and Jharkhand Mobile Vaani.

The municipal corporation of Delhi used our Fullcircle platform to gather reports from their contractors on the cleanliness status of garbage collection sites. Citizens could dispute the reports, and discussions with the MCD commissioner helped reveal inefficiencies in MCD’s processes.

How good are the health facilities provided in rural areas? How many people have access to health care? Our report on campaign in Jharkhand to gather public feedback and opinions on healthcare unlocks the hidden truth [first], [second], [third].

Five community radio stations used GRINS and telephony to run information campaigns on NREGA, RTE, and PDS. Read the report for several case studies and a description of what the communities had to say about these government schemes.

A campaign on water conversation on Jharkhand Mobile Vaani revealed that almost all panchayats had 5-6 water bodies that were created under MNREGA, but none of them are now functional. These water bodies are not being used for irrigation or aqua culture, for which they were originally designed. The engineering and material use, and lack of maintenance of created MNREGA works, is to blame for the situation.


Case studies in health, education, and equitable development

Together with Oxfam India, we ran a campaign on the Mobile Vaani network in Jharkhand and five community radio stations, to debate whether the prime minister’s scheme on free medicines actually found its way to the ground, and are such schemes actually needed or not.

We can automate your processes for broader reach and better health care delivery. Read our research on how mobile technology can aid diabetes care.

Despite several decades of work, we see an ever widening inequality in income and the rural-urban divide. Discover from the community’s point of view, of why the divide continues to grow, its implications, and how it can be fixed.

Sesame Workshop, the creators of Sesame Street and its Indian variant Galli Galli Sim Sim, used our vConnect tool to put the program on phone, toll-free for callers to listen. An evaluation report and description of the larger project is available here.

A campaign on Jharkhand Mobile Vaani on the topic of HIV/AIDS brought out many people to talk about such sensitive topics in public. While the awareness was found to be good, but people acknowledged the important role of having such discussions openly.

From July to October 2012, para-teachers all across Jharkhand engaged actively on Jharkhand Mobile Vaani to put out their demands in front of the government and other stakeholders. Participation was seen from all stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, and parents.

What does the youth think about the ‘Future of Higher Education in India’? Our campaign with Oursay was to discover the views and questions of people regarding improving higher education. Read how a common man was able to question the Union Minister of Education about the Future of Higher education in India.

We ran a month long campaign on rural-urban migration on our Jharkhand Mobile Vaani network. Over 300 comments came from a listener base of over 40,000 rural listeners, touching upon various aspects of migration — failure of government schemes, impact on children’s education, family issues, village life, and other important aspects.


Case studies in automation through voice technologies

How the Score Foundation working for the visually impaired, used radio and IVR in conjunction to boost their listenership rates by 5x

Read how Inventure, Sesame, and UNDP/Video Volunteers used our vSurvey technology to collect structured responses from a large population base.

How community radio station Gurgaon ki Avaaz used IVR systems to run a talent hunt, by having community members call and record songs, and vote for the winner

This paper explains how even a simple answering machine like IVR system can help community radio stations

UNDP and Video Volunteers used our vSurvey tool to collect data from several thousand women in Eastern UP on their expectations from the SHG federations. The women tool a poll to vote whether they wanted loan, or livelihood, or support services from their SHGs.


Gender rights campaigns on Mobile Vaani

Understand how property ownership by women can help in gender empowerment, what the community thinks about it, and solutions proposed by them in rolling out rights for women.

In partnership with Breakthrough, we ran a campaign against early marriage, to discuss why it happens, how it affects the lives of girls and boys, and we even engaged several youth and volunteers from our offline network to collect pledges from Panchayats, police stations, and religious leaders to strengthen the voice against early marriage.

Together with Oxfam India and Oursay, we ran a campaign on the Mobile Vaani network in Jharkhand, Delhi, and with five community radio stations across the country, to discuss the issues of gender equality — does a gender gap exist? how did it come about? and most importantly, how can we remove it?

Together with Oxfam India, we ran a campaign on Mobile Vaani for the women reservations bill: are equal rights for women linked to peace, prosperity, human development and democracy? How? What is the importance of the bill towards achieving gender justice? Are women ready to lead?

Together with Oxfam India and Oursay, we ran a campaign on violence against women: Where is violence inflicted on women? Why? Who are the main perpetrators? What forms does the violence take? What are the reasons for such violence? What are the effects of violence on the lives of women? How can we put an end to violence against women and have greater respect for them?


Papers on GRINS and community radio

Community radio 101: A quick guide to setting up your own community radio station (India centric)

A history of the community radio movement in India, describing how the civil society created the movement which finally led to policies making it easier for non-profit organizations to set up community radio stations

Read one of our best success stories, in making GRINS financially sustainable and giving it a life of its own

One of our first papers on GRINS, this explains our vision of how we feel ICTs can help community radio stations work more efficiently and effectively for their communities


Please review our impact and case studies section for more papers and reports on our work.