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The Invisible Borrowers: Opening the Door to Credit with the Mobile Phone

Individuals living in less developed parts of the world often engage in an informal economy where financial identities and credit scores are not commonly used. Little is done to keep records of financial histories, unlike the measures taken in the formal economy. In this installment of Digital Diversity, Rachel Itwaru, an intern for InVenture, explains…

Shedding Light in the Night: How Solar Energy and Mobile Charging Improves Quality of Life in India

In this installment of Digital Diversity, Gwen Kidera – Project Associate at S3IDF (Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund) – explains how their non-profit organisation provides underserved communities with Integrated Energy Centre carts (IECs) equipped with reliable solar powered lamps and mobile charging stations. Access to light and mobile technology improves the quality of life…

Kicking Conflict into Touch: How Sport and Technology Unite Community and Conservation in Kenya

Football has long been recognised as a unifying sport, with the ability to bring sides together in some of the most trying of circumstances. In this installment of Digital Diversity, Njenga Kahiro shares his very personal experience of how a combination of football and text messaging have successfully brought together warring communities to promote conservation…

Reconnecting the Disconnected: A Story of Technology, Refugees and Finding Lost Family

In this installment of Digital Diversity, brothers David and Christopher Mikkelsen tell the story of how their organisation, Refugees United, was born. It all began with one man’s search for his family after they were separated for five years because of the war in Afghanistan. The Mikkelsen’s were struck by the frequency of families separating…

SMS and Facebook Help Farmers Reduce Pollution in Resen

Pollution from the overuse of pesticides threatens humans and animal species in the region of the Prespa Lake Basin in Resen, Macedonia. In response, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) worked with farmers in the area to adopt environmentally-friendly practices by setting up a system to monitor pests and diseases, but a lack of local media…

Aid Workers Turn to Text Messaging to Improve Food Aid Delivery to Refugees in the Western Sahara

Communication between beneficiaries and food aid providers in the Western Sahara refugee camps in Algeria suffers as the number of food distribution points increases. Rosa Akbari worked as an independent researcher funded by a grant from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) to explore better communication tools to be used within…

Reach for Your Pocket: Nicaraguans Turn to their Phones for Reproductive Health

Access to the Internet is something often taken for granted in the Western world. For many of us it’s a handy way to share our thoughts and lives over social media, or to keep in touch with friends, or to look up the latest sports scores. For many people in the developing world the Internet…

Mobile Data: How Phones Help Keep the Water Flowing

We often don’t associate the problem of water scarcity with mobile phones but, as Zarah Rahman of the Aquaya Institute explains, water is about much more than turning on a tap. Helping people in the developing world access safe water requires not just H2O but information – in order to monitor cleanliness, distribution, infrastructure –…

Pay As You Go Sunshine: How Solar Energy and Mobile Phones are Powering the Developing World

Every night, something unusual happens in Samuel Kimani’s home on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Samuel, 48, lives with his wife Mary and their three children. Their family supports itself day-to-day through their main source of income, their cow Baraka, whose milk is collected daily and sold directly to customers for about $1.80 a day.…

Where There Is No Doctor: Delivering Healthcare in Hard-to-Reach Places

Medicine and technology advance at astonishing rates. But these advances don’t always reach everywhere. Often it is indigenous knowledge and creative solutions that fill the gap. In today’s Digital Diversity, Sarah Shannon explains how one organisation, Hesperian Health Guides, provides appropriate and effective advice for people living in regions where there is no doctor. Digital…

A Practical Vision: Simple Technology that Transforms Lives

Using technology for development and social change is not just a question of clever gadgets, but of a vision for the future. In today’s Digital Diversity, Simon Trace of the NGO Practical Action explains how giving people access to technology that is safe, simple and sustainable has transformative effects not just on individual lives but…

Global Health, Farming, Education or Climate Change: What Would Apple Do?

What if we took an Apple approach to solving the world’s environment and development problems? The California-based technology company have had phenomenal success of late by intuitively unpicking the needs of their users, using innovative design and keeping their systems simple and integrated. In today’s Digital Diversity, Ken Banks takes a look at what might…

Let a Billion Readers Bloom: How Bollywood Teaches Literacy in India

We don’t always need shiny new technology to do amazing things around the world. As this edition of Digital Diversity shows, with some imagination everyday technology can be re-purposed to do extraordinary things. Brij Kothari of Planet Read shares how he got Bollywood to marry karaoke, and how it doubled the number of readers in…

Talking with Texts: How Cellphones Empower Deaf Children in Uganda

Kids text all the time – at school, on the bus, even when you’re trying to talk to them. It can be annoying. But imagine if a child couldn’t communicate at all – that’s when a mobile can become a lifeline. In some developing countries, children who are deaf don’t have access to special education,…

The Cellphone that Keeps the Water, and Data, Flowing

NGOs don’t always have the best reputation in the developing world. Sometimes they come into a community, install complex systems to fix a problem, and then leave – abandoning technology that can break down, become unsustainable or simply not help the people it’s supposed to. Water for People is different. They’re an NGO committed to…