As climate change is increasingly leading to failed harvests, farmers in Vietnam and Indonesia are in serious need of information on weather forecasts, daily coffee prices and farming techniques. A new consortium, funded by the Dutch government, is going to provide this information to farmers in Vietnam and Indonesia by using geo-satellite data. TTC Mobile is proud to be part of the consortium and will translate the data into text messages.
According to the 2016 update of the World Happiness Report, satisfaction with life in Asian countries is slightly higher than in African countries, but lower than in the Western world. We considered these findings a great opportunity to put our new mobile survey sampling tool to the test. TTC Mobile conducted a survey to measure happiness and quality of life in Kenya, Nigeria, Vietnam and Indonesia.
The PROIRRI Financial Literacy Training that started in February 2016 has been set on hold due to political turmoil in Mozambique. Traveling is too unsafe as the opposition of the government has been attacking roads in the region where the project is taking place. To ensure the safety of its staff when traveling in these areas, the implementing agencies of the project have decided to temporarily put the PROIRRI Literacy Training on hold.
Mobile for Reproductive Health (m4RH) is a program providing information about sexual and reproductive health that has been running in Tanzania since 2013. The SMS service of FHI 360 that is supported by TTC Mobile has been so successful at reaching large numbers of people, that in August 2016 the success formula has been launched in Uganda as well. FHI 360 and TTC Mobile are confident that also in Uganda, the project will reach high levels of success.
Despite the importance of adequate care during pregnancy, labor and the first months of the baby, medical know-how among future moms is minimal in Ethiopia. The Dutch Health[e]Foundation and TTC Mobile are targeting 4,000 expectant mothers with text and voice messages with information on maternal and newborn child health. The SMS service will be launched in October 2016.
Every woman or girl has the right to safe sex, a safe pregnancy, a safe birth and (if necessary) a safe interruption of unwanted pregnancy. Simavi aims to contribute to healthy communities and has been implementing community health projects in several countries across Africa and Asia. This year Simavi is partnering up with TTC Mobile to investigate the quality of the health facilities of the Same region in Tanzania for the Mobile Mapping for Women’s Health project.
For half the world every day is malaria day – a day to keep up the fight against this killer disease. On April 25 people across the globe took part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day. TTC Mobile conducted a survey among mobile phone users in East Africa (Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya) to see how much people there really know about this life threatening disease.
The Nomads Telecom coalition is excited to announce that we have been selected to participate in the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on May 23 and 24. On behalf of our partnership within the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation, we will feature in the Exhibition Fair and Innovation Marketplace – along with other projects and solutions of governments, agencies and organizations dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging problems that threaten humanity.
Bamboo Finance is specialized in investing in business models that benefit low-income communities in emerging markets. As no other they are familiar with the difficulties that arise when trying to connect with these markets. In 2015 Bamboo Finance conducted an impact study with the help of TTC Mobile. Via SMS firsthand information and feedback on savings products and services were collected from 1,002 customers and non-customers.
Mobile interventions have been rising in popularity in developing countries around the world. Mobile apps and services are extensively used by developing organizations and governments, and especially in Africa countless SMS services are launched to offer assistance in the fields of health, agriculture or financial support. It remains important to examine the actual effects of an SMS service: How much difference can an SMS make? TTC Mobile contracted the impact researchers from Avance to find the answer to this question. The impact study resulted in eye-opening outcomes that make a great case for the social impact of mobile interventions.