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Mobile technology and the last mile

Since our founding in 2003, kiwanja.net has been primarily focused on serving the needs of the smaller, local, grassroots NGO community. FrontlineSMS is testament to that approach – a low-tech, appropriate technology which works on locally available hardware and without the need for NGOs to employ the services of teams of technical experts. We haven’t got everything right, and FrontlineSMS remains a work in progress, but we’re excited about where we are, how we got here and where we’re headed.

We were recently approached by Philip Auerswald, Editor of “innovations“, to write an article on that journey, and our approach to mobiles-for-development. The result was a tri-authored piece by three members of the FrontlineSMS team – Sean McDonald, Flo Scialom and myself. A PDF of that article – “Mobile technology and the last mile” - is available here.

About “Innovations”:
“The journal features cases authored by exceptional innovators; commentary and research from leading academics; and essays from globally recognized executives and political leaders. The journal is jointly hosted at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship”.

Many thanks to Phil and the “Innovations” team for inviting us to contribute.

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1 changefeed { 06.21.11 at 12:58 pm }

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2 Ken Banks { 06.21.11 at 1:04 pm }

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11 sandy robertson { 06.21.11 at 1:22 pm }

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12 Mobile technology and the last mile : FrontlineSMS { 06.21.11 at 1:28 pm }

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13 Stephen Davenport { 06.21.11 at 1:47 pm }

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17 Syamant Sandhir { 06.21.11 at 2:53 pm }

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18 My Bucket Of Ideas { 06.21.11 at 3:54 pm }

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19 Anthropology News { 06.21.11 at 4:06 pm }

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20 Omidyar Network { 06.21.11 at 4:09 pm }

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21 Ken Banks { 06.21.11 at 4:22 pm }

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22 Craig Zelizer { 06.21.11 at 4:43 pm }

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23 Philipp Budka { 06.21.11 at 4:51 pm }

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28 Marnie Webb { 06.21.11 at 6:43 pm }

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29 Sean McDonald { 06.21.11 at 7:25 pm }

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30 FrontlineSMS:Legal { 06.21.11 at 7:26 pm }

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31 RC Richards { 06.21.11 at 7:27 pm }

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34 Catapult_Design { 06.21.11 at 9:13 pm }

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35 Scott Williams { 06.21.11 at 9:54 pm }

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36 Social Entrepreneurs { 06.21.11 at 10:46 pm }

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37 katherine maher { 06.22.11 at 2:35 pm }

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38 Ken Banks { 06.22.11 at 3:28 pm }

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39 Activate Summit { 06.22.11 at 3:48 pm }

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40 hadi purwanto { 06.22.11 at 6:57 pm }

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41 hadi purwanto { 06.22.11 at 6:57 pm }

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42 Paul Polak and team { 06.23.11 at 5:17 am }

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43 Lorna Barnes, M.A. { 06.23.11 at 5:31 am }

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44 caritel { 06.23.11 at 9:09 am }

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45 James { 06.23.11 at 12:25 pm }

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