Tuesday, July 17, 2012

ActionAid mobile phone project in Kenya awarded




ActionAid’s pilot communication project with infoasaid in drought-affected Isiolo in northern Kenya, was honored with this year’s ‘Innovation’ award at the 2012 Technology4Good Awards.

The project uses mobile phones, SMS network technology, and simple community notice boards to give locals important information on food and livestock prices as well as food distributions, so people can boost their household income and stay informed of humanitarian activities in their communities.

The network, developed with FrontlineSMS and Freedom Fone, is also used to collect vital data from the field, which enables ActionAid to respond quicker to needs on the ground.

The ‘Innovation’ award is sponsored by Microsoft and CTT, to honor organization or individuals that use existing technology in innovative and effective ways to help meet the needs of others.

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