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, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 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.

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Rita Kimani

Co-Founder, FarmDrive

The FarmDrive mobile platform aggregates and analyses information from traditional and alternative data points to generate credit scores for smallholder farmers. The result is a comprehensive profile of a farm’s financial stability, drawn from satellite images, weather forecasts, produce buyers, agricultural dealers, and the farmers themselves.

The platform tracks productivity, expenses, and revenues. This information is logged within the platform and analysed to reveal performance patterns. Financial institutions can view the data and approve loans, all through a mobile phone, giving the unbanked access to credit.