We write, and get asked about our work. A lot. This page contains a selection of guest articles, book chapters and interviews. There’s more writing in our PC World column, The Guardian’s Global Development site, our Digital Diversity series on National Geographic, a one-off for Wired Magazine and, of course, the blog.


October 2013
Stability Journal
(PDF, 1.5Mb)
Article reflecting on my ten years working in the ICT4D field

November 2012
Cambridge Business (PDF, 910Kb)
Interview with Cambridge Business News Magazine

September 2012
Learning from Experimentation (PDF, 200Kb)
Rockefeller Foundation paper on organisational innovation, featuring FrontlineSMS

March 2012
Ericsson Business Review (PDF, 213Kb)
Interview on innovation and technology for development

March 2012
Ericsson Business Review (PDF, 213Kb)
Interview on innovation and technology for development

November 2011
Testing Planet (PDF, 2Mb)
Guest article published in The Testing Planet on building mobile apps for social good

July/August 2011
National Geographic Traveller Magazine (PDF, 600Kb)
Interview with the Editor on kiwanja’s work and travel throughout Africa

January 2011
Innovations Journal (PDF, 400Kb)
Co-authored article on our work ethic/approach

January 2011
Innovations Journal (PDF, 400Kb)
Co-authored article on our work ethic/approach

January 2011
Musings (PDF, 3.8Mb)
A collection of the ten most popular posts published on the blog

October 2010
Design Without Boundaries (PDF, 2.5Mb)
An article, co-authored with Joel Selanikio, on how to design and build mobile applications

June 2010
World Watch Magazine (PDF, 462Kb)
Special feature on appropriate technology with a central focus on kiwanja’s work

December 2008
GTZ Newsletter (PDF, 260Kb)
Article on the potential of mobile phones for Cambodian farmers

October 2008
Microfinance Insights (PDF, 600Kb)
Guest article on grassroots economic activity and mobile technology

June 2008
Didactics World (PDF, 150Kb)
Guest Opinion piece on the potential of mobile technology for m-Learning in the developing world

May/June 2008
Boston Review (PDF, 550Kb)
Invited response to an article by Edward Miguel on economic development in Africa

October 2007
Stanford Journal of African Studies (PDF, 150Kb)
The Story of FrontlineSMS

July 2007
Africa Journal (PDF, 154Kb)
Interview with the Corporate Council of Africa’s Africa Journal

June 2007
Sussex University Falmer Magazine (PDF, 350Kb)
Interview with the Sussex University Alumni magazine on mobiles in conservation

May 2007
Nokia Horizons (PDF, 86Kb)
Interview with Nokia’s “Expanding Horizons” industry magazine

September 2005
Oryx Journal article (PDF, 40Kb)
‘Conservation News’ article on the use of text messaging in conservation, and the release of FrontlineSMS

July 2005
FFI magazine article (PDF, 95Kb)
Article written for Fauna & Flora International’s membership magazine on their technology programme

February 2004
Mobile Phones: An Appropriate Tool for Conservation and Development? (PDF, 260Kb)
Co-author on an early comprehensive report on mobile technology use in international development


National Geographic Voices
Our special series on technology-for-good for National Geographic

PC World
An earlier series on the use of technology in conservation and development for PC World Magazine

Wired UK
An article on random innovation which lead to the publication of our first book

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Why donors should focus on people as much as they do on projects and ideas

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Our proposal for a Donors Charter to help solve some of the long standing issues in our field

Stanford Social Innovation Review
A post discussing some of the long-standing problems in the ICT4D field

BBC News
What the march of mobile technology means for people and organisations in Africa

BBC News
If you want to look at the future of technology in Africa, look no further than the mobile phone

BBC Future
How mobile technology has become a vital tool in the fight against poverty

Guardian Global Development
A series of articles for the Guardian newspaper website