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Communication for Development (C4D)

Innovation in Communication

Information and Communication Technologies for Development

New information and communication technologies (ICTs)

ICTs have advanced in unprecedented ways. They are increasingly driving and supporting community-level changes as well as local, national and global economies and international development efforts. ICTs can help Communication for Development's emphasis on horizontal communication models that aim to facilitate participation, inclusion, and empowerment.

ICTs are transforming lives by reducing vulnerabilities, such as costly and sometimes dangerous travel while increasing access to health care, education, and information. For example, countries such as Uganda, Senegal and Brazil have increased child birth registration by empowering community workers with mobile technologies. ICTs are also being employed to increase the reach of oral rehydration salts therapy (ORS), a low-tech, effective solution for and protection against diarrhoea. 

Given the growth in ICT access and use, it is important for agencies to understand and consider how these tools, if used appropriately and with proper planning, monitoring and evaluation, can enhance engagement, increase impact, improve information management, lower costs and expand reach.

For female health workers in India, a new digital tool puts data at their fingertips

With support from UNICEF, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India empowers ANMs (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife), frontline health worker by providing them with a Tablet based solution called ANMOL (ANM Online).

Quick action to contain cholera in Burundi
With the sudden appearance of nearly 170 cholera cases, it became essential to quickly identify and track cases in real time. RapidPro technology on simple mobile phones has allowed health workers to immediately notify the central level of new cases, and to report on the evolution of each hospitalized case. But responding effectively to cholera does not just mean treating confirmed cases – it also means preventing new ones. Communications tools for use in health centres and in communities are critical to limiting contamination and rapidly containing the illness.

Teenagers help their peers stay safe online in Asia-Pacific 
From social media to online chatting, the Internet has countless avenues for sharing and connecting with friends and communities. But this open network also carries many risks, especially for children. After falling victim to cyberbullying, Nicole is on a mission to make sure the same doesn’t happen to her peers

Equity = universal access to information

Social, cultural, economic and political traditions and systems that prevent girls all over the world from fully achieving their rights present a formidable challenge to development organizations. C4D programming is well placed to confront the roots of this discrimination by engaging individuals, communities and decision makers in a process of social transformation. ICTs offer C4D programming new opportunities to break down the norms and values that persistently deprive girls of their basic rights, allowing for the promotion of a plurality of voices at various levels.

Prishtina bus transportation
Prishtina Buses” is a youth-led project, which aims to empower young people to identify challenges in their communities and develop and lead solutions.  The project seeks to improve and develop access to public transportation by addressing the absence of route and timetable information.

Changing young Liberia through innovation: U-Report 
Liberia has roughly 2,000,000 mobile network subscribers. Studies have shown that over 75 percent of youth have one or two mobile phones in Liberia, or have access to one relatively easily. Quite a high level of mobile phone density, even compared to countries with more developed communications infrastructure. In Liberia, as with mobile users in most places in the world, the phone serves as one of the primary modes of communication. 

Digital mapping technology to reduce disaster risks
Young digital mappers use mobile phone to photograph problems;s the photos are automatically tagged with global positioning system (GPS) coordinates, enabling researchers and officials to pinpoint the problem areas. The adolescents then use cameras attached to kites to gather aerial images, helping to identify the presence or absence of drainage systems, the availability of sanitation facilities, etc. 



Briefing papers

Mobiles for Development Report - Full - Summary

Mobile Technologies for Child Protection

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