Practical Insights on IVR

Beware the Mobile Phone Hardware Quality Divide for Rural African Women

Beware the Mobile Phone Hardware Quality Divide for Rural African Women

Published on: Sep 20 2018 by Wayan Vota - 9 Comments
We all can celebrate the massive adoption of mobile phones across the African continent, and be astonished at the rapid uptake of smartphones in countries like...
The Blind Spot of SMS Projects: Constituent Illiteracy

The Blind Spot of SMS Projects: Constituent Illiteracy

Published on: Aug 03 2016 by Guest Writer - 5 Comments
With the overwhelming optimism around mobile phone-based communication technologies, it is reasonable to ponder: Do literacy levels pose a serious limitation to...
Yes, Farmers Do Use Mobile Phones for Market Prices

Yes, Farmers Do Use Mobile Phones for Market Prices

Published on: Jun 27 2016 by Guest Writer - 3 Comments
Farmers in Malawi had free access to market prices via mobile phones for about three months using HNI’s 3‑2‑1 Service. Usage data was rolling in. And...
The Low-Tech Way to Reach Everyone on Earth

The Low-Tech Way to Reach Everyone on Earth

Published on: Jun 13 2016 by Natasha Beale - Comments Off on The Low-Tech Way to Reach Everyone on Earth
We often focus on new technologies – developing the newest app or handing every teacher a tablet – as if they are magic bullets to solving the world’s...
4 Innovative Ways The Renewable Energy Sector Is Using Mobile Technology

4 Innovative Ways The Renewable Energy Sector Is Using Mobile Technology

Published on: May 30 2016 by Guest Writer - 5 Comments
While NGOs increasingly use mobile technology for monitoring and evaluation, in emerging markets like Kenya, businesses are also using mobile solutions to both...
Free UNICEF Course: How to Use RapidPro for Powerful SMS, IVR, and Social Media Campaigns

Free UNICEF Course: How to Use RapidPro for Powerful SMS, IVR, and Social Media Campaigns

Published on: Apr 04 2016 by Tech Change - Comments Off on Free UNICEF Course: How to Use RapidPro for Powerful SMS, IVR, and Social Media Campaigns
Looking to launch a health education campaign, survey youth about issues in their community, or poll school teachers and receive reporting data? RapidPro might...
Are Smartphones Making SMS Projects Obsolete?

Are Smartphones Making SMS Projects Obsolete?

Published on: Sep 21 2015 by Guest Writer - 3 Comments
Are SMS projects still relevant? Are toll-free phone numbers still needed? As more and more people in developing countries have access to cheap smartphones and...
4 Tips on How to Engage Farmers Using Communication Technologies

4 Tips on How to Engage Farmers Using Communication Technologies

Published on: Aug 10 2015 by Denise Phelps - 1 Comment
The focus of the ICTforAg conference session, “The Five Sexy Tools for Food Tech” was an analysis of how to use some simple tech in an effective way. I learned...
3 Ways to Improve Farmer Information Systems

3 Ways to Improve Farmer Information Systems

Published on: Jul 20 2015 by Guest Writer - 9 Comments
Farmer Information Systems have found solid footing in development, and are now fine-tuning their strategy and approach in communicating market prices, weather...
8 Recommendations for Successful Development and Technology Organization Partnerships

8 Recommendations for Successful Development and Technology Organization Partnerships

Published on: Jul 25 2014 by Anahi Ayala Iacucci - Comments Off on 8 Recommendations for Successful Development and Technology Organization Partnerships
In the ICT4D world we all talk often about working with the private sector, collaboration and partnership with technology companies. The truth is that beside the...