SMS – A Powerful Tool for Change

SMS (also called text messaging) is an immensely and increasingly popular form of communication around the world. It is a great tool for all kinds of mobile campaigns, including mobile healthcare campaigns (mHealth). In April we wrote about SMS not necessarily being...

Women Deliver: Increasing Service Delivery via Mobile

Women Deliver 2013 ended last week in Kuala Lumpur and key takeaways from the conference are beginning to appear on Twitter. For those unfamiliar with Women Deliver, it is a “global advocacy organization bringing together voices from around the world to call for...

Design for International Development

“You are not the user.” This is the first lesson a designer is taught in school when learning how to design a product whether it is a toothbrush, a flight navigation system or a simple website. To design an easy-to-use product, a designer must be a user...

Women Empowerment and the Mobile Phone

Last week, I read an interesting blog post from Linda Raftree about an NYC and London Technology Salon session on how mobile phones are improving the reach and impact of women empowerment initiatives. In the Tech Salon, they quote a GSMA estimate that mobile...

Happy Birthday to the Mobile Phone

Last week was the mobile phone’s 40th birthday! While it seems hard to imagine a world without mobile phones, in 2000 mobile phone penetration in many developing countries was less than 6%. Now, mobile phones are so ubiquitous that it is surprising to see...