Practical Insights on WhatsApp

EduTech Surprise! SMS Beats WhatsApp for Teen Test Prep

EduTech Surprise! SMS Beats WhatsApp for Teen Test Prep

Published on: Apr 04 2019 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Secondary school students in Cameroon spend the entire last month of their final year in school preparing for their Baccalaureate. Passing it and scoring well marks...
What To Do About Uganda’s Social Media and Mobile Money Taxes?

What To Do About Uganda’s Social Media and Mobile Money Taxes?

Published on: Mar 21 2019 by Wayan Vota - 15 Comments
In July 2018, the Ugandan government instituted a 200 shilling, or about $0.05 per day excise duty on Over-the-Top (OTT) social media and instant messaging services...
5 Guidelines for Using Mobile Messaging Applications in International Development

5 Guidelines for Using Mobile Messaging Applications in International Development

Published on: Sep 10 2018 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on 5 Guidelines for Using Mobile Messaging Applications in International Development
By 2018, 3.6 billion people were using mobile messaging applications – nearly half of humanity. This has been both a driver and a result of increased connectivity...
1.5 Billion Reasons You Need A WhatsApp Business Strategy for Your Programs

1.5 Billion Reasons You Need A WhatsApp Business Strategy for Your Programs

Published on: Feb 21 2018 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Facebook recently announced that WhatsApp has more than 1.5 billion monthly active users – 20% of the world’s population! – sending more than...
Reinventing the Call Centre for Better Healthcare Services in Uganda

Reinventing the Call Centre for Better Healthcare Services in Uganda

Published on: Feb 07 2018 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Uganda is one of the youngest countries in the world with 81% of Uganda’s population under age 35. Public health programs in Uganda are constantly faced with...
The WhatsApp Gender Gap Will Surprise You!

The WhatsApp Gender Gap Will Surprise You!

Published on: Jan 22 2018 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
We all know there is a gender gap in the usage of mobile phones and technology in general. GSMA reports that women on average are 14% less likely to own a mobile...
7 Things to Consider Before Developing a Chatbot

7 Things to Consider Before Developing a Chatbot

Published on: Sep 11 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 7 Things to Consider Before Developing a Chatbot
As with many new promising technologies, chatbots are getting hyped as a new innovative tool that can aide humanitarian response and international development practitioners....
Basic Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit

Basic Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit

Published on: Jul 17 2017 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Mobile phones are much more than just a tool for making calls. Increasingly they are the primary way people across the world access the internet. Whilst the internet...
What About Facebook Messenger Chatbots for Development?

What About Facebook Messenger Chatbots for Development?

Published on: Jun 08 2017 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Bolsa Familia is the Brazilian Government program for conditional income-transfers serving 14 million families living in poverty throughout the country. However,...
Are Messaging Apps and Emoji-Driven M&E a Game-Changing Innovation?

Are Messaging Apps and Emoji-Driven M&E a Game-Changing Innovation?

Published on: Jan 16 2017 by Jacob Korenblum - 3 Comments
Ten years ago, very few people mentioned cell phones and M&E in the same sentence. Phones were for phone calls, or for texting friends; monitoring surveys were...