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Vivhaan, mobile phones and empowerment. (www.vivhaan.com)

When we first conceived Vivhaan we recognised the unique opportunity that mobile phones present to empower people that have previously been on the margins of society. With over 910 million mobile subscriptions in India, almost everyone either has a mobile phone or access to one through a family member or friend. In our initial pilot we wanted to test “what communication technologies might be most helpful in reaching women and girls vulnerable to human trafficking?”

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Vivhaan launches in India with official endorsement

It’s been an exhilarating two weeks and we have only just begun our pilot phase. The formal unveiling of Vivhaan, a new website and mobile application to help communities fight Human Trafficking, occurred on 27th February 2012 at the Mobile and Web Technologies in Social and Economic Development, held in New Delhi. Since then we have also spoken at the conference on Economic Migration and Human Trafficking at the India Habitat Centre. Both presentations where extremely well received, giving us great encouragement and hope for the future.

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Nimbus signs DFID contract for Asia Anti-Trafficking Programme

The pilot project called ‘Vivhaan’ which means ‘the dawn of a new day’ or ‘new beginning’ in Hindi, runs between November 2011 and May 2012. The consortium led by Nimbus and Stop The Traffik is trying to address two major issues, firstly, the provision of information to women and girls in impoverished communities, to raise awareness of human trafficking and empower them to make informed decisions about their future; secondly, to bring a greater level of co-ordination to stakeholders, across India and Bangladesh, engaged in fight human trafficking, by gathering information and intelligence of trafficking activities.

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Hope starts in Malawi and Zambia

MiHope ( Mobile Interactions bringing Hope) has been launched in Malawi and Zambia where it aims to help achieve the UNAIDS target of ‘Elimination of parent to child transmission of HIV by 2015′ so that the next generation is born ‘HIV free’. MiHope will improve vital communications between caregivers, their clients and Ministry of Health clinics and we believe the programme will literally ‘save lives’.

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Mobile trends in Africa to 2020

When we met a couple weeks ago with researchers and policy advisors at DFID we were keen to share with them the key future trends for mobiles in developing nations. This blog includes a discussion on what was considered and what made the top 5 trends.

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Supporting Policy Advisors and Researchers at DFID

Last week, we had the privilege of running a thought-provoking seminar on the use of mobiles in development for policy advisers and researchers at the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID).

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Would you pay over £800 a month for Internet?

The affordances of mobile phone communications are driving seismic changes in spending patterns and redefining social and business patterns in Africa. However, they are spending a significant percentage of their income on airtime. How much would you be prepared to pay for mobile data access?

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Supporting child headed families in Teso, Uganda

I knew before I left the UK that visiting the child headed families in Teso region of Uganda […]

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Openness and Transparency: No looking back now

Since the beginning of the year I have read many news articles and blogs covering a wide range of subjects affecting both charities in the UK and global NGO’s. They all agree on one thing. The world is changing and there is no looking back.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has turned to JamiiX and MXit to help save lives in Indonesia.

Nimbus is proud to announce that JamiiX has been given the official seal of approval, by no less […]

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