CGNet Swara

International Center for Journalists

Product description Brand name and product description

CGNet Swara is a voice portal that enables ordinary citizens to report and discuss issues of local interest. To use it, they call a phone number using any mobile (or fixed line) phone. Callers are prompted to press “1” to record a new message, and “2” to listen to messages that have already been recorded. Once a message has been recorded from the field, professional, trained journalists, who access the system using a Web-based interface, review and verify the report. Approved reports are then made available for playback over the phone. The reports also can be accessed on the CGNet Swara website.CGNet Swara was launched as part of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships, a program of the International Center for Journalists.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

CGNet Swara is working in Central Gondwana region in India. It is a product that can by deployed anywhere.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

CGNet Swara is the distributor/implementator for the solution. They stated they are willing to offer guidance to other organizations who are seeking to establish similar services around the world.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

This is an open source product.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Conventional radio broadcasting stations, Pocket FMRootio Radio

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

This product impacts the Goal 9: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation” by developing “quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure (…) to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all” and Goal 16 “peace, justice and strong institutions”.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Communities with poor press, communication and information services.

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