Grameenphone's Information Boat (Tothyo Tori) recently received the prestigious Manthan Award in the eBusiness and Enterprise category.
The Manthan Award recognizes best practices in e-Content in South Asia. This awards program is South Asia’s biggest ICT event for development initiatives. It was first conceived in 2004 by the Digital Empowerment Foundation in India. Its aim is to identify, assess, award, debate and encourage best practices in applying Internet and mobile technologies for grassroots socio-economic benefit.
Using telecommunication to improve quality of life
“I congratulate Grameenphone on receiving the Manthan Award. The Information Boat project is an excellent example of how telecommunication services can improve the quality of life in local communities, and yet another proof that we in Telenor Group successfully link corporate responsibility with our core business,” says Mai Oldgard, Head of Group Corporate Responsibility.
Information hub in remote areas
The Information Boats are designed to provide necessary livelihood information to the remote riverine communities of Bangladesh. Being the most reliable method of transportation in the areas of Char and Haor, the boats became information hubs, meeting the information and communication needs of people living in these areas.