The Manthan Awards are granted for projects that aim at raising the standard of life of people,especially the rural masses by the use of Information and Communication Technology. The Award is an initiative of the Digital Empowerment Foundation with strategic support from the Department of Information Technology, Government of India and the World Summit Award Austria. With effect from 2008 the Manthan Award was extended to other countries in the region and is now the Manthan Award South Asia.
The Award recognizes the best e-Content for Development and this year applications were invited from e-Content innovators, practitioners and creators across South Asian Countries. Individual participants, organizations as well as individuals seconding nominations for grassroots practitioners from countries in the region were also invited to apply. The requirement was that they be engaged in pioneering work in developing, creating and disseminating digital content, be it online or offline, for grassroots empowerment and development in daily life.The theme of this year’s Manthan Awards was the use of electronic media content for Development in South East Asia. This year greater emphasis was laid on projects that apply information communication technology to raise the standard of life rural people. Sri Lanka participants are nominated by the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) from among the e-Swabhimani winners.