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Title: Wireless technology for Social Change: Trends in Mobile Use by NGO


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Wireless technology for Social ChangeTrends in
Mobile Use by NGOs
By Lerato Makate
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About the report
  • It was put together by the UN Foundation-Vodaphone
    Group Foundation Partnerships
  • Public private alliance using strategic
    technology programs to strengthen UNs
    humanitarian efforts worldwide.
  • Partnership has 3 core commitments

3
Core Commitments of Partnership
  • Develop rapid response to telecommunications
    teams, aid in disaster relief
  • Develop health data systems to improve access to
    health data to combat diseases
  • Promote research innovative initiatives using
    technology as an agent and tool for international
    development

4
NGOs usage of Mobile technology for social change
  • Survey conducted Dec 2007 a- Jan 2008
  • 560 NGO workers participated in finding out how
    NGOs use wireless technology to help various
    social courses
  • 86 NGO employees use mobile technology for their
    work
  • 99of technology users characterise mobile
    technology as positive
  • Majority described it as revolutionary

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Diverse use of mobile application by NGOs
  • Most common use is voice and text messages
  • 39 usage in other ways photos videos
  • 28 data connect transfer
  • 27 multimedia messaging
  • 8 employees use technology for more sofisticated
    uses data analysis
  • 10 mapping

6
Perceived Benefits of NGO mobile use
  • 95 Time saving, ability to quickly mobilize and
    organize individuals
  • 91 reaching audiences that were previously
    difficult or impossible to reach
  • 74 ability to transmit data, quickly and
    accurately
  • 67 ability to transmit data more quickly
  • 59 ability to gather data more quickly
  • 76 of NGO users said they would increase their
    uses in the future

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Some facts
  • 3.5 billion phones available worldwide
  • This has changed how communities communicate
  • Report aims to see how NGOs use mobile wireless
    technology for social purposes to help with some
    problems

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Innovative uses driving change
  • 3 specific areas were looked at
  • 1. Health
  • 2. Environment and
  • 3. Humanitarian relief
  • There have been a number of creative, innovative
    uses
  • There is entrepreneurship within the development
    of mobile technology use for social change
  • Mobile pilot projects are giving introductory
    frameworks to replicate them on a larger scale

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Global Health media technology
  • 2007 Millenium Development Goals stated
  • Number of people dying from HIV/AIDS increased by
    2.9 million in 2006 preventative measures were
    failing
  • 2005 15 million children lost both parents to
    AIDS
  • 1 billion people live in extreme poverty, 75 in
    rural areas
  • Health conditions in rural areas are poor

10
Informa Telecoms research
  • 2007 mobile networks covered 90 global
    population
  • 2008 mobile phone penetration will reach 50
    worldwide
  • With over 3 billion subscriptions (contracts)

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Case study 1 Aftercare South Africa
  • Created by Cell-Life NGO in Cape Town
  • To work with the public health system workers
    to provide home based care for HIV/AIDS patients
    on ARVs
  • Aftercare worker assigned 15-20 patients
  • Visits patients home, one-on-one discussions
    about treatment and patients life
  • Using mobile phone captures patients information
  • Relay information via sms to Cell-Life database
  • Where info is managed and collected making for
    accurate records and

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Case Study 2 AED-Satelife Uganda Mozambique
  • AED(Academic Educational Development)-Satelife
  • Works through handheld computers to deliver
    medical information at points of caregiving
    clinics
  • Delivers medical information on diseases,
    treatment guidelines, continuing education
    material
  • Nurses also receive national and international
    news
  • AED-Satelife has customised software to track
    patients and keep records electronically
  • Clinics required to send information to health
    ministries
  • Stream health data collected from remote areas
  • It was able to contain a typhoid fever outbreak
  • It was also introduced inMozambique
  • It was also popular as it kept nurses updated
    with local gossip news

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Case Study 3 DataDyne Kenya Zambia
  • Established by Dr Selanikio public health doctor
    working at Centre for Disease Control
    Prevention in the US. He was also an IT
    consultant for Wall Street before his work in
    health.
  • DataDyne.org is an non profit project dedicated
    to increasing access to public health data
    through mobile software solutions.
  • Inspired buy CDC project called EpiInfo that uses
    Epi Surveyor to access and modify and collect
    health data
  • 2006 DataDyne entered into a partnership with UN
    Foundation Vodaphone Group and WHO and Kenya
    and Zambia health Ministries launched this
    project to the health system
  • Pilot project was Measles Initiative reducing
    Measles world wide

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Case Study 3 SexInfo USA
  • 2005 gonorrhea rates among african american
    youths of 18-25 had increased by 100 percent
  • Deborah Levine excecutive director Internet
    Sexuality Information Services (ISIS-Inc.) wanted
    to help curb sexual diseases in youths.
  • Found that 85 youths had mobile phones and means
    of communication was texting.
  • SexInfo was then developed
  • 1st informed community organizations to serve
    as advisors on the board of SexInfo

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SexInfo Conti
  • Focus groups held with youths on how they would
    prefer to receive sexual health information they
    needed.
  • ISIS-Inc conducted research that highlight FAQs
    about sexual health by youths
  • SexInfo was designed to provide this information
    to youth free and confidential
  • Youth oriented clinics and social services were
    also approached to reach the youth
  • To drive popularity, TV public service
    announcements were produced using rap musicians
    and also on BET and MTV and now can be found on
    YouTube

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Some Challenges
  • Funds are an issue in broadening the scale of
    these pilot projects
  • Skills also need to be developed
  • Back-end computer infrastructure is needed in in
    most developing countries to allow for the
    accurate arrangement and access of the
    information
  • It is important to establish strategic
    partnerships for funding and skills to broaden
    the effect of these systems.

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