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kiwanja.net helps social innovators, entrepreneurs, engaged citizens and non-profit organisations make better use of information and communication technologies in their work. Founded by Ken Banks in 2003, kiwanja.net specialises in the application of mobile technology, with a particular emphasis on its role as a driver of innovation, entrepreneurship and social change around the world.

Combining over twenty-five years' experience in the technology and non-profit sectors with a degree in social anthropology with international development, and nineteen years living and working on conservation and development projects throughout Africa, kiwanja.net is based on the values, work and interests of it's Founder, Ken Banks.

Ken has been widely recognised by the technology, entrepreneurship and design communities and is the recipient of numerous international awards including:

Nominated for the TED Prize (2013)
Sussex University "Ambassador for International Development" (2013)
Member of UK Department for International Development "Digital Advisory Panel" (2013)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2012)
Cambridge News Special Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2012)
World Technology Network Fellow (2011)
Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest (2011)
Curry Stone Design Prize (2011)
Ashoka Fellowship (2011)
Member of the UK Prime Minister's Delegation to Africa (2011)
National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2010)
Tech Awards Laureate (2009)
Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow (2008) and Faculty Member
Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University (2006)

Recent testimonials about kiwanja's work can be found here.

kiwanja.net focuses on three key activity areas:

Writing. We contribute to the advancement of our field by writing guest articles, giving interviews, blogging and book publishing
Building. We build low-tech, appropriate technologies to empower the social change community - tools such as FrontlineSMS
Speaking. We make regular appearances at international conferences, universities and companies, and on radio and television, around the world

Since its inception thousands of innovators, entrepreneurs, citizens and non-profit organisations in over one hundred countries have benefited from kiwanja.net activities.

kiwanja.net also has a strong track record in consultancy, and over the past few years has acted as an advisor/consultant to a number of international projects and organisations including UNEP, Fauna & Flora International, the GSM Association, Nike Foundation, PopTech, Making All Voices Count and The Grameen Technology Centre. Details of our speaking, writing and consultancy services are available on a separate sub-site here.

If you'd like to get in touch you'll find full details on our Contact page, or if you're on Twitter you can send a tweet to @kiwanja. We're also on Facebook. A photograph and biography are available here, or on Wikipedia.

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