September 2005

Bringing the world at your doorstep

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Welcome to i4d, the information for development news service! The news service   reaches the audiences either through print, or by online resources  or as an email newsletter delivered by name to the subscriber, flashing in-depth coverage of information, communication and technology for development affairs.

i4d news service
i4d news service coming into the info world is virtually the story of progressive India. The desire to make news info-centric and to make it one-dimensional with the 'd for development' factor in the field of news supply was at the heart of this evolving thought. The evolution of the concept of a news service first of its kind in the field of information communication and technology for development (ICTD) was the direct consequence of the spirit of advancement (synonymously development) that sweeps the country every day in every moment. The idea that India needs its own base to place news focusing on ICT4D issue sparked off in early 2003 with the fact that the country is closely watched globally standing at the same front.

Setting its goals
i4d has reported the progressive march of ICT towards development as it happened, blow-by-blow, in the best traditions of news supply service, with speed, accuracy and objectivity. In just a few months, i4d has come a long way, growing in target, database and stature as the largest and best among ICT4D news services of the countries that come contemporary.

i4d services reach the target in a three-way news mode. i4d monthly magazine in print is today the only monthly in the world of ICT for development. It has a circulation base of about 4000 print copies, of which 2500 are distributed within India and the other 1500 overseas copies are read across Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa.

Besides regular monthly circulation, about 1000 copies of i4d are distributed to ICT4D experts  at major national and international conferences and workshops. Today, i4d in print has proved growing older while reaching its silver issue mark.

The second medium of i4d news service is i4donline.net, i4d's online venture that hosts a range of up-to-date, interactive and informative forms of news, features, and articles  supplementing the news content of the print version.The news comes in a dozen of thematic categories like agriculture, health, technology, telecommunication, wireless, open source, livelihood, education, community radio, e-Governance, e-Commerce and general. The portal also allows for reader interaction via discussion forums, regular e-Newsletters, letters to editor, and other intelligent online activities. The contents of the portal can be accessible in nine international languages (German, Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and English), making it again the first of its kind in its field, using the Babelfish translator service.

The third mode of news dissemination  is the email newsletters  sent as either daily, weekly or monthly digests.

i4d's searchable archive of news and articles is updated on a day-to-day basis. One can try a search for free. The entire service is available for individual users and multi-users or domain-wide access.

i4d news service swaddles ICT in development in a greater perspective taking into account its scope in sectors like Rural Development, Gender, Governance, Micro-finance, Education, Health, Wireless Communication, ICT for Poor, Local Content, Environment and more.

i4d target profile
i4d news service makes the 'pulse-run-fast' of every person thinking development at the ICT front. Government departments, ministries, policy makers and relevant institutions, educational institutions and R&D organizations, grassroots organisations and NGOs, Academicians, students, researchers and administrators, Donors, IT industry organizations and United Nations bodies and the individual readers are the ones to name who quickly grew to rely i4d news service.

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