Digital equity is essential for economic growth, social development and job creation in India: Ketan Patel of HP

Digital equity for 150 million people by 2030; HP will offer the technology, grants of $1,00,000 to each participating organization

The importance of digital equity for economic growth, social development and job creation has grown exponentially in India, Ketan Patel, MD, HP India Market said on Tuesday.

“At HP, we are committed to ensuring that every Indian has equitable and inclusive access to skills, knowledge and economic opportunity in the digital economy,” he said.

He was speaking as part of HP Inc.’s decision to offer innovative technology and capacity-building grants to organizations participating in the Digital Equity Accelerator program run by the Aspen Digital program.

HP Inc. and the Aspen Institute announced a new initiative to accelerate digital equity, with a mandate to deliver digital equity for 150 million people worldwide by 2030, according to a company statement. .

Digital Equity Accelerator would help nonprofits scale up their innovative approaches to help underserved communities impacted by the digital divide. HP would support the accelerator with innovative technology as well as more than $100,000 in capacity building grants for each participating organization, according to the release.

HP would achieve this through PATH (Partnership and Technology for Humanity), its initiative to contribute to digital equity for underserved communities in India and globally to enable equal access to education, healthcare, economic opportunity and livelihoods within the digital economy, the company added.

According to HP, half of the world’s population remains offline, with marginalized and underrepresented communities often bearing the brunt of disconnection. The COVID-19 pandemic has damaged this divide in India and around the world, with more communities than ever falling behind in terms of access to quality education, democratized healthcare and opportunities to thrive in a increasingly digital economy: fundamental human rights.

People interested in learning more about this program can visit AspenDigitalEquity.org.

Joel C. Hicks