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Empowering India receives UN based award on e-governance
India Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Press Release
Empowering India from New Delhi, India honoured with prize for world’s best e-governance and institution website at Cairo ICT.

New Delhi/Cairo/Salzburg, April 25, 2012

Empowering India (Empowering India) from India is among the world’s top 40 in outstanding e-Content. Together with the world’s best e-content producers Empowering India will receive UN-based World Summit Award (WSA) on April, 27 at Cairo ICT trade fair in the e-governance and institution. Empowering India was selected from 460 projects and 105 countries by a Jury of ICT Experts in Hong Kong in June 2011.

Empowering India is a database of elections at state and national level, with unique analytical tools. It has digitised all elections data since 1952. It seeks to “make democracy meaningful” by informing citizens, encouraging participation in the electoral process, and promoting transparency and accountability in the political process.

Empowering India was recognised in 2009, when it was selected for the Manthan Award for South Asia, for digital content in the e-governance category. This initiative on democracy is being supported by the Friedrich Naumann - Stiftung fur die Freiheit

Last year, in an email Dr Y S. Quraishi, Chief Election Commissioner of India, wrote “"I am happy to see this initiative. Voter awareness is key to a successful democracy." Barun Mitra, the director of Liberty Institute, said, “the World Summit Award is a recognition of the fact that e-governance is not just about how governments use ICT to inform and interact with citizens, but also how citizens could contribute by harnessing ICT to make democratic governance more effective.” Liberty Institute, an independent, non-profit, public policy think tank, is the producer of Empowering India

Besides Empowering India, that will receive a World Summit Award in the e-governance and institution, 39 other projects from 26 countries will be honoured in front of UN representatives, ICT ministries and the private sector. The WSA Winners’ Events will be hosted in the Middle East for the first time ever.

“With the winners from World Summit Award in e-Content, Cairo will host the best digital producers, interaction designers and content developers from all around the world. They will demonstrate the richness and diversity of the content industries. Cairo will be a special stage to highlight what can be done with modern ICT to develop local communities, national social strategies and meaningful jobs”, says WSA Chairman Peter A. Bruck.

The Winners were decided on by a Jury of ICT experts coming from all continents. Each UN Member State only nominates one product per category for the World Summit Award. Hence nominations resulted from national pre-selection awards prior to the international WSA Jury in Hong Kong in June 2011.

Hosted by the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and Cairo ICT under the patronage of H.E. Mohamed Salem, Egypt Minister of Communications and Information Technology, the WSA winners will showcase the best digital e-Content projects worldwide. Between April 26 and April 29 Cairo will see “a global panopticum
of knowledge and spirit in e-content”, Peter Bruck says.

The Programme contains workshops, conferences with UN attendance and above all the Winners’ Ceremony on April 27th at 9 p.m at the Cairo ICT. The Winners’ Events will be life streamed on and

About the WSA

The World Summit Award (WSA) is the global follow-up initiative of the United Nations World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) organised by the International Center for New Media (ICNM), Salzburg, Austria. It partners with the key UN organisations and agencies in the framework of the UN Geneva Agenda and the Tunis Action Plan and selects and promotes the world's best e-Content and innovative ICT applications; to date more than 160 countries are actively involved. Through national pre-selections and contests together with a global jury process, WSA demonstrates the local diversity and rich creativity of ICT use. WSA is a global hub for everyone who values the crucial importance of local content to make today’s information society more inclusive.

Visit us on, and, #WSACairo

Media Contact Empowering India:

Liberty Institute
C-2/13, Sahyadri, Plot 5, Sector 12
Dwarka, New Delhi 110 078
Tel: 91-11- 45665193
Telefax: 91-11-28031309

Media Contact World Summit Award:

Anna Gauto M.A.

Press and Communications Manager
World Summit Awards (WSA, WSA-mobile)


For additional information, and to know about all the other winning initiatives, please view this PDF file.
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