CGNet Swara

International Center for Journalists

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.

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)

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

Distributors/implementing organizations
  • 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

This is an open source product.

Competitive landscape

Conventional radio broadcasting stations, Pocket FMRootio Radio

SDG targeted
  • 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)

Communities with poor press, communication and information services.

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