The vast majority of the world's poorest countries are in Africa, and nearly half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s 910 million people are estimated to live on less than US$1.25 per day. Grameen Foundation has been working in Sub-Saharan Africa for more than a decade, improving the livelihoods of the region’s poor by building relevant mobile-based solutions and increasing access to financial services. Our current work focuses on delivering financial solutions and information services via mobile technology that target the rural poor, with a specific focus on agriculture, health and livelihoods.
Grameen Foundation has been working with the Ghana Health Service since 2008 to improve the maternal and neonatal care in rural communities through the Mobile Technology for Community Health (MOTECH) initiative. Using the MOTECH platform, we have also developed mobile applications that provide information on sexual reproductive health to youth and information on farming techniques and weather reports to smallholder farmers.
In Kenya, we are using mobile technology to improve access to financial services and information on agriculture. Through our e-warehouse initiative, we are also developing a mobile-based system to provide information to help smallholder maize farmers properly store their crops post-harvest, and connect them to financial services and markets for final sale.
Grameen Foundation is part of a consortium of organizations that comprise the Africa Health Markets for Equity (AHME). Co-funded by DFID and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the partnership will improve health outcomes through the provision of quality private sector health care targeted at the poor in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana. This will be achieved by increasing the scale and scope of private provider networks and demand-side financing in all three countries.
Grameen Foundation launched its mobile technology work in Uganda in 2002 with Village Phone and it remains a hub for many of our mobile-based initiatives. Our Community Knowledge Worker initiative combines mobile technology and human networks to give smallholder farmers access to accurate, timely information that helps them protect their crops and animals, improve their yields and get better market prices.