‘Misaal: Haq ka Sathi’ looks to democratise information that makes it necessary for a disadvantaged citizen to access the welfare schemes provided by the central and state governments. With a rapidly expanding network of technology, Misaal endeavours to makes its app a tool in the hands of the communities that we work with – a tool that they can empower themselves with.
The new version of the app also seeks to be more expansive, covering not simply schemes and social security measures offered by the state, but also a facilitator in accessing better opportunities in the areas of health, education, livelihood and social security. A step closer to emulating a companion – a Sathi.
The app is universally available, but targets those communities and individuals who find themselves in disadvantaged positions because of their identities or historical circumstances that they often find themselves having little control over.
Even while internet and technological penetration is steadily increasing, large masses of especially the rural population often do not have the means to access such technology. However, in many instances there are individuals from within the communities who can facilitate access to the technology and the app, thereby serving as a resource person and a community enabler. The app then seeks to serve as a companion to leaders within communities who may best make use of what the app provides.
How it Works
‘Misaal: Haq ka Sathi’ seeks to provide available information tailored to the needs and demographic data of the user. Information about various social welfare programmes and opportunities are filtered on the basis of the user’s profile, thus providing a smooth and uncluttered flow of relevant information. With the possibility of creating multiple user profiles, the app truly becomes a community tool.
Expansion/Work in Progress
The previous version of the app was designed as an app which could be accessed while the user is offline, simply providing the bulk of information concerning various social welfare programmes. Currently, the app we envision hopes to declutter the load of information and instead customises it to the needs and demographics of the user. The app will also include real-time informatics regarding institutions of health, education, other organisations working to empower communities in the vicinity of the user, among other data. In coordination with the Misaal fellows, relevant information will be made accessible such that both the individual and the community are enabled to claim their rights –their Haq!