Organisation: FrontlineSMS

March was another exciting month for ICT and mobile developments in Africa. Here’s our monthly round-up of highlights ranging from Kenya’s elections to diplomatic Twitter rows in Nigeria! Enjoy…

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I’m always delighted to come across organisations which are empowering women to make the changes they’d like to see in their own lives and communities.  In Kampala, I was fortunate enough to visit Violet, Janet, Brenda and Goreti of WOUGNET (Women of Uganda Network).  This is a local NGO which serves as a network for […]

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On the 12th June, FrontlineSMS launched Version 2 of their award-winning open source software, which enables users to send and receive text messages with large groups of people without requiring Internet access.

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Having previously supported FrontlineSMS, the Indigo team have been following their progress with interest. At present, the FrontlineSMS:Radio team are developing a new platform that ‘will assist community radio stations to interact dynamically with audiences by harnessing the power of SMS text messaging’. As part of this, the team are conducting a pilot with ten […]

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Organised by Bond, held at CAFOD and with guest speakers from Tactical Technology and Indigo-funded FrontlineSMS, Incorporating ICT into Southern Advocacy was an afternoon of participatory workshops aimed at those in the international development community. The afternoon touched on issues as diverse as the power of social media, the role of mobiles and crowdsourcing technologies and the use of […]

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                                  I am delighted to announce that the FrontlineSMS:Radio team have recruited a wonderful new Project Manager Amy O’Donnell, which is being partly funded by Indigo’s grant. Amy’s role is to maintain communication to ensure the needs of users are translated into the software development. She is currently working to finalise the project specification, prepare for […]

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The 2007-8 post election violence in Kenya, highlighted a need for political change in Kenya and the new constitution is a step in the direction needed, but the nation cannot rest on its laurel.  On the ground, people are working hard to stimulate social change from the Grassroots up! Pamoja FM, aired live from Kibera, […]

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In Africa, radio remains the dominant broadcasting tool, with about 90% of households owning a radio – but communication remains mostly one-way. SMS text-messaging using mobile phones, also increasingly widespread, are the most affordable and accessible mode of two-way communication. The award-winning open source software tool FrontlineSMS combines laptops with mobiles to bridge a crucial […]

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