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FrontlineSMS transforms Community Radio in Malawi

Thank you to John Kisewe Mpakani for writing this post about his experience using FrontlineSMS as a producer and presenter at the Nkhotakota Community Radio Station in Malawi. Background Information Nkhotakota Community Radio Station, along Lake Malawi, is a Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) recognized broadcaster and has been in operation for eleven years. More Read more

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DataAid: managing information streams in the Philippines disaster response with FrontlineCloud

A huge thank you to Amos Doornbos for writing this guest post about his experience using FrontlineCloud as a co-manager of World Vision’s Speed Evidence Project. What’s the problem with data in disasters? Over the past couple years, I’ve had the privilege of co-managing World Vision’s Speed Evidence Project, which seeks to improve information management in the Read more


Building Sustainability: Lessons from Swazi Cotton

Editor’s note: Many thanks to Georgia Barrie and GSMA for letting us cross-post this wonderful blog post! It’s fantastic to hear about a case study that focussed so hard on the sustainability and business model of the intervention itself. Bravo TechnoServe! Check out this post about their work in Tanzania from 2011. This post is Read more

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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

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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

Nuwan and Chandana carrying out a rapid prototyping exercise
with a community group in Melsiripura, near Kurunegala

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

Team members wrestle for the ball during the Laikipia Unity Cup regional tournament. (Photo by Joe Mathai)

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

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