Aga Khan Rural Support Programme India Empowers Marginalized Communities in Rural India to Tackle COVID-19 with Virtual Trainings @MicrosoftAsia

While many organizations in major cities were moving to remote working, the management at AKRSPI were not sure if they’d be able to bridge the digital divide considering most of their field employees worked in some of the most remote areas across the three states. What’s more, only a few had laptops and most of the coordination and training would happen over in-person meetings.

With the lockdown showing no signs of easing off, the core team of 30 employees based out of Ahmedabad tried Microsoft Teams to see if it could help them collaborate. Within a couple of days, it became a habit and they started conducting their daily 10:30 a.m. meeting virtually on Teams. In barely over a week, more than 300 employees moved to Teams and began to rapidly expand how they used the platform from basic communication to collaborating and co-working remotely.

“Even though it was a new platform, I found Teams to be very intuitive to use,” says Rajvanshi, who manages trainings. “However, we had to improvise. Instead of training large groups, we broke them down into smaller groups and even individuals. But now we can do trainings on demand and don’t have to wait for a group of employees.”

 

Read more at the source: Microsoft Asia: the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme India (AKRSPI) Empowers Marginalized Communities in Rural India.

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