Mobile phones save lives in remote African communities affected by drought

Finalist category: Innovation Award 2012

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Innovation Award, Winner, 2012

ActionAid uses mobile phones to provide timely information to the community in Isiolo, a remote part of Kenya badly affected by the drought. ActionAid delivers monthly food supplies to over 70,000 people.

Knowing when food distributions will arrive means children no longer have to leave school to tell parents the trucks are on the way. Sharing cattle prices make it easier to buy at the right price. The two-way system also provides immediate feedback when deliveries are made, which means that agencies have up-to-date data about local needs.

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