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US and Senegalese Investments in Family Planning Are Paying Off

In Francophone West Africa, acceptance of family planning and use of modern contraception has been increasing ove

How To Let GSM Serve The People That Other Networks Can’t Reach

Mobile telephony has transformed access to communication in emerging markets.  In 1994, there were more telephone lines in New York City than in the whole of Africa.  These days, about two thirds of the population in sub-Saharan Africa is covered by a mobile phone signal.  That’s an amazing and profound change yet there are still millions of people who don’t have access to mobile networks.

World Health Worker Week 2015: A Catalyst for Further Advocacy

Last week, diverse organizations came together to honor the heroic and lifesaving work of frontline health workers in their communities and beyond, and advocate for health workforce strengthening to be a central priority in the global health

What We Learned From V3 Testing, and How We’ve Responded

As Sharon outlined in her great post last week, we have completed our first round of user testing on Ushahidi V3. We tested key interactions on pages from the Pattern Library with users of varying levels of Ushahidi experience.

Zero-Rating, Net Neutrality, and the Regulatory Toolbox

The tools available to communication regulators to ensure a fair, competitive market fall into two broad categories.  The first category is the ability to incentivise more competition and better behaviour in general.  This can happen through lowering the barriers to market entry, through opening up new means of service delivery, etc.

Catching the Wave: Family Planning is Taking Off in West Africa

“In Mali, at a family planning clinic, I saw a woman who couldn't afford the services so the clinic staff were sending her home. I said to the staff, ‘Do you have a sliding scale [for paying the fee]? She's poor. She needs this.