The social impact sector is no exception to this trend. As organizations scramble to manage the crisis within their own organizations while continuing to support the communities they serve, many are turning to technology to safely and effectively drive their programs forward. Today, we’re highlighting six incredible organizations who are adapting to the world’s new normal and leveraging digital tools to deliver on their missions in a safe and responsible way.
The BOMA Project
The BOMA Project empowers women in the drylands of Africa to establish sustainable livelihoods, build resilient families, graduate from extreme poverty, and catalyze change in their rural communities. One of their interventions focuses on delivering mentorship and coaching for women entrepreneurs.
“IVR technologies allow businesswomen to receive training content on their feature phones at relevant moments in time. We are also exploring ways to use SMS technologies to train mentors on the fly,” says John Stephens, Executive Director of The BOMA Project.
Watch this video to learn how BOMA is using Salesforce and TaroWorks to monitor program performance and inform decision-making.
Aga Khan University
In response to the pressures that the pandemic has placed upon the public health resources in Pakistan, The Aga Khan University and Hospital have launched CoronaCheck, a mobile application which allows users to check their symptoms with an in-home screening tool. The tool uses an interactive chatbot, driven by AI, and outlines helplines available to the public. The tool also features educational videos in Urdu to counter the unverified information about COVID-19 circulating around social media.
Catholic Relief Services
It promises to be a valuable source of information and knowledge for the sector at this incredibly uncertain time. The conference kicked off with a webinar: Lessons learned from Digital Applications for Disease Monitoring and Preparedness. Make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity for learning and collaboration, and find out more about the program here.
International Confederation of Midwives
The mobile application, Safe Delivery App, is already in use by health personnel in 40 countries worldwide. The app is free to download and can be used offline once downloaded. It provides checklists and guidelines to help midwives around the world in their work.
Solutions range from a WhatsApp integration, allowing for educational content to be pushed to mobile devices for children who don’t have computers, to weekly YouTube playlists with educational content adhering to national learning standards. Find out more about the solutions here.
They chose ZeroTier, a “cloud” network virtualization platform. Beginning with a pilot, they rapidly scaled up to the whole organization in days. They also made sure to provide mobile internet bundles and hotspots to make sure agents had sufficient internet access. Apollo Agriculture Founder and CEO was a Mulago Foundation Rainer Arnhold Fellow in 2017.
Read more about how Apollo Agriculture is going remote here.
We’d love to hear from you about how your organization is using technology in the face of the crisis, and if you have ideas of how Vera can help.