The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other. In 2016, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.
Much has been made of the benefits and achievements of mobile money ventures in developing countries. There are huge benefits to larger organizations and citizens in time savings and effort to send and receive money, pay bills and generally have a more efficient cashless process in many areas.
However we have found in many of our projects that these options are simply not that accessible to smaller and even medium sized projects. There are still huge gains to be made in areas such as local savings communities, co-operative funding schemes and more basic areas such as being able to reward or thank users for their contributions.
FrontlineSMS, along with SIMLab, have been running projects and pilots for years in Kenya gathering practical knowledge about the technology and how it can be utilized in the ICT4D world. This presentation/training session/workshop will highlight those learnings and achievements and provide a discussion area for input from the attendees. FrontlineSMS's experience with mobile money automation and workflows is primarily from Kenya, but the ability for the projects and tools to be rolled out across our next 10 countries will also be shared.
Training and a demonstration of FrontlineSMS's in-beta Payments app will also be given.