SEWA and CITE-MIT Launch Technology Evaluation Initiative

PRESS RELEASE

MIT Researchers and SEWA Bharat Announce New Partnership to Understand the Potential of Consumer-Driven Technology Evaluation

New Delhi, India

In 2016, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will partner with Delhi-based Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) Bharat to learn how young women in India’s informal sector define, perceive, purchase, and interact with technology in their work and day-to-day lives. Although low-income consumers often understand their unique technology needs best, they are seldom consulted when technologies are purchased for an initiative intended to alleviate poverty in their very communities.

Findings from a new pilot project will enable MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) and SEWA Bharat to determine what role technology evaluation could play in SEWA’s programs at scale, enabling SEWA’s members to use CITE’s technology evaluation methods to improve the lives of themselves and their On January 20, 2016, MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation and SEWA Bharat will formally announce this new partnership in a convening of local government officials, NGOs, donors, and consumers, and welcome open discussion and collaboration.

About the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation

The Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) is the first-ever program dedicated to developing methods for product evaluation in global development. CITE is led by an interdisciplinary team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that provides evidence for data-driven decision-making by development workers, donors, manufacturers, suppliers, and consumers themselves. CITE is generously funded by the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID, and is one of eight programs that makes up the USAID Higher Education

About SEWA Bharat

SEWA Bharat is part of the national SEWA movement. Established in 1984, it is a national federation of SEWA organizations of women working in the informal economy. SEWA Bharat emerged out of the need to address the SEWA movement’s challenges with geographical expansion and coordination. SEWA Bharat is comprised of a family of SEWA organizations to further informal women workers’ rights, livelihoods, financial independence,

This release is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United State Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of CITE and do not necessarily reflect the views of the USAID or the United States Government.