What does SEDS have in common with a 25-billion dollar petroleum giant, the largest Indian private insurance company, a pharmaceutical multi-national, and the third biggest steel company in the country?
They are all winners of the Silver EDGE award at Interop, a renowned information technology conference and exhibition held at several global locations every year. Past awards have been given to the likes of Hindustan Petroleum, ICICI-Prudential, Allergan, and Jindal Steel. SEDS is the first NGO, and Manil is the first woman to win this award which recognizes enterprises that use IT effectively to drive growth.
SEDS collaborated with Wolf Frameworks to put a Census Information Management System in place. The system that took just 120 hours to implement, maintains details of thousands of people from the 250 villages that SEDS helps. Using this system, SEDS can track and effectively direct development effort in each of these villages. The technology used also makes it easier for supporting organizations all over the World to contribute to the various development projects in Anantapur.
While Silver EDGE winners usually harness the power of IT to drive their capital inflow, SEDS uses it to nurture a far more valuable resource, human capital.
[The article originally written by Amit Manikoth, for SEDS's 30 years celebration. This is simply a reproduction.]