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Keeping a Remote Sales Network in the Loop

This post was originally published on the Kopernik website. Our thanks to them and to the author for allowing us to republish! From the outside, Ibu Sinta’s warung in the city of Denpasar looks like any other small, family-run grocery shop so commonly found throughout Indonesia. But take a closer look and you will see several unusual products, including solar lamps, fuel-efficient cook stoves and water filters. Here’s the twist: Ibu Sinta’s warung is actually a Tech Read more

Combining Local Radio and Mobile Phones to Promote Climate Stewardship

Many thanks to Kier Olson DeVries, Senior Editor of the Communication Initiative, for featuring this work in e-magazine the Drum Beat, and for permission to share here. This case study details a pilot project on the Eastern edge of Zambia that aimed to increase local knowledge of deforestation, and deepen rural communities’ stake in reversing Read more

Rapid Prototyping and Tech Stewards: reflections on recent field work

We are delighted to share this post from the Mobilizing Knowledge for Sustainable Agriculture Project, with permission from Principal Investigator Dr. Gordon Gow. Having made some excellent contacts during our recent meetings and workshops in Sri Lanka, the project team now needs to consider how those will translate into pilot projects using low cost ICTs. Read more

A mobile phone text messaging service and a new webportal are bridging the information gap on diabetes in Kenya, where the disease annually kills more people than HIV/AIDS

By P-B Halberg, International Media Support (IMS), and Sandra Sudhoff, CartONG A new project aims to improve diabetes awareness and reliable communication about the disease throughout Kenya through mobile phone technology and a webportal. Communicating about diabetes IMS has invited Kenyan journalists to take part in the development of new communication tools that can be Read more

Kicking conflict into touch with FrontlineSMS – a post from National Geographic

We’re delighted to present a post from the Digital Diversity blog on National Geographic’s Newswatch site, referenced with permission. Read the original post here. Njenga Kahiro, Kinship Conservation Fellow and member of the  Zeitz Foundation, started the Laikipia Unity Cup in 2010 when he decided to combine environmental education and a football tournament. Laikipia is a Read more

FrontlineSMS helps The Busara Center for Behavioral Economics cut 16 hours of work down to 30 minutes

Many thanks to Maneesh Kuruvilla, a final year BS Hons Economics & Psychology student at the University of St Andrews, Scotland and a research intern at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Kenya. We hope you enjoy his post on the his work with FrontlineSMS and his research in behavioral sciences. The Busara Center Read more

Patient’s Rights: Cambodian Vaccine Clinic Builds Local Reporting System Using FrontlineSMS

In the spring of 2012 the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge of Phnom Penh (IPC), Cambodia conducted a pilot study on a text message-based pharmacovigilance tool. Don’t know what pharmacovigilance is? Not to worry, neither did I! According to the World Health Organization, “Pharmacovigilance (PV) is defined as the science and activities relating to the detection, Read more

FrontlineSMS Named #1 Tech NGO in the World by the Global Journal

  On the same day that the Global Journal announced us as their pick for “#1 Tech NGO in the world”, my laptop died.  As my coworkers celebrated our newly-bestowed honor, I relished the irony of my technological failure and felt what has come to define my time working in the non-profit world: humility. It Read more

VNI Service Award Finalist Jimmie Ssena uses FrontlineSMS to Empower Rural Farmers in Uganda

Congratulations to Jimmie Ssena for being recognized as a finalist of the VNI Service Awards for his work with rural farmers using FrontlineSMS! Since its founding in 1997, the Nakaseke Telecentre has served as a knowledge portal for poor rural farmers in their district, working to use ICTs “for rural development, reduction of poverty and… Read more

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