Technology solutions

The portfolio contains a selection of tried and tested technology solutions which have been found useful for development NGOs.

31 solutions.
  • Continue reading ArcGIS Online

    ArcGIS Online

    Cloud-based mapping and analysis service that supports field activities. Useful for making maps, analyzing data and sharing information. Main use: Show data on maps, analyze data & share information.

  • Continue reading Arifu


    Chatbot for interactive learning. Free of charge to the users. Arifu’s chatbot allows both smart and feature phone users to learn via SMS, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Provides information on multiple topics, for instance, on farming and preventing COVID-19. Main use: Access to information via chatbot.

  • Continue reading Be My Eyes

    Be My Eyes

    Be My Eyes is an innovative solution where sighted volunteers lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives. It consists of a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and representatives for visual assistance through a live video call. When a user requires visual assistance, they start a video call in the app which connects to a sighted volunteer who also has the app installed on their phone. The sighted volunteer can then describe what they are seeing in the video feed and assist the user. The award-winning app is available in over 180 languages

  • Continue reading Braille Me

    Braille Me

    Braille Me has been described as the world’s most affordable refreshable Braille display. Visually impaired people can use it for e.g. browsing the internet, accessing their computer files and reading books or notes. It connects to mobile phones and computers and has a portable design with a lasting battery. It is produced by Innovision that operates from India.

  • Continue reading BRCK – Kio Kit

    BRCK – Kio Kit

    Fully integrated education platform designed in Africa that “turns any school room into a digital classroom”. Contains 40 easy-to-use Kio tablets, wireless charging and lockable case. The tablets can run multimedia content and have sustainable batteries to manage only irregular charging. Main use: Tablets for educational purposes.

  • Continue reading Carto


    Cloud-based platform that provides extensive GIS and web mapping tools. Offers possibilities to analyze data and represent it with a web map. Freemium service. Main use: Design maps, analyze data & share information.

  • Continue reading CommCare


    Mobile data collection and SMS & voice services with extensive features. Offers wide possibilities for case and data management. Main use: Gather information and interact with communities and individuals.

  • Continue reading Eneza Education

    Eneza Education

    Mobile education platform that works via SMS and web. Users can study with curated content (ages 9 to 18) take quizzes and ask questions from teachers – among other things. Available in Kenya but also in Ghana and Ivory Coast. Main use: Education content.

  • Continue reading Free Basics (Meta Connectivity)

    Free Basics (Meta Connectivity)

    Free Basics by Meta provides free access to specific web services on mobile phones in markets where internet access may be less affordable. The websites are available for free without data charges and include content on things like news, employment, health, education and local information. Developers, NGOs, and governments have joined the Free Basics platform to offer information and services without data charges.

  • Continue reading Hadithi! Hadithi!

    Hadithi! Hadithi!

    Literacy app to boost 6- and 7-year old’s reading both in Kiswahili and English, aligned with the curriculum. The app incudes dozens of stories written by Kenyan teachers and illustrated by East African artists. They also have a literacy app built for Somali adults who have missed out on school. Has the capacity to build apps in new languages. Main use: Boost literacy skills.

  • Continue reading Khan Academy

    Khan Academy

    Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy tackles math, science, computing, history, art history, economics and more.

  • Continue reading Kobotoolbox


    Free and open source mobile data collection. Efficient way for gathering information in the field. Excellent tool to start with. Sustainable choice without user fees. Main use: Gather information from communities and individuals.

  • Continue reading

    Provides information about +30 free apps and resources to support distance learning in schools that are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Main use: Wide range of education apps for teachers to utilize.

  • Continue reading Lytefire solar oven

    Lytefire solar oven

    Solar thermal oven that can be produced and maintained in many areas using locally available materials. Uses direct solar energy (no electricity). Main use: bake dehydrate and roast food. Temperature up to 300°C. Available in combination with technical, baking and entrepreneurship training.’

  • Continue reading mHero


    mHero is a way for health officials to stay in touch with health workers near and far. It is a two-way, mobile phone-based communication system that uses basic text messaging or SMS.

  • Continue reading NVDA Screen Reader

    NVDA Screen Reader

    NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free screen reader for the Windows operating system (Version 7 onwards). NVDA allows blind and vision impaired persons to access and interact with the Windows operating system and many third party applications.

  • Continue reading Ombea


    Data collection tool for groups. Includes clickers and works together with Powerpoint. The system is portable and easy to use with large groups – for example making surveys with classes at schools. Main use: Gather information from groups.

  • Continue reading OpenLMIS


    OpenLMIS is a cloud-based electronic logistics management information system (LMIS). It is built to support national supply chains to manage medical supplies and to avoid stockouts. Main use: manage health commodity supply chains.

  • Continue reading OpenStreetMap


    OpenStreetMap is a map of the world. It is created by people all around the world and it is under an open license. Data is available for every country in the world. The platform emphasizes local knowledge.

  • Continue reading Oppia


    Oppia provides a novel and engaging approach to online learning that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of under-resourced learners around the world. It is built by educators, tutors, and learners from around the globe.

  • Continue reading Optoma ML1050ST / ML750ST

    Optoma ML1050ST / ML750ST

    Portable and light-weight projector that has a durable, 20 000-hour LED-lamp. Contains a media player, built-in speaker, microSD card-slot and USB-connection. Main use: Present information to groups.

  • Continue reading Poimapper


    Digital data collection via mobile phones. Developer team located in Espoo, Finland. Flexible in adjusting the service according to NGO needs. Main use: Gather information from communities and individuals.

  • Continue reading Rachel-Plus


    A portable device with hard-drive and wifi-connection. Contains wide variety of open source and free educational material in several languages. Useful in remote locations that do not have access to the internet. Use: Provide access to educational materials in remote locations.

  • Continue reading RapidPro


    RapidPro is an open-source platform that allows anyone to build interactive messaging systems using an easy visual interface. It was created in collaboration between UNICEF and Nyaruka, a Rwandan software firm.

  • Continue reading Scratch


    Scratch is the world’s largest coding community for children and a coding language with a simple visual interface that allows young people to create digital stories, games, and animations. Scratch is designed, developed, and moderated by the Scratch Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Scratch is free and available in more than 70 languages.

  • Continue reading Shule Direct

    Shule Direct

    Local, accessible and digitized learning content for individual students and teachers as well as schools in the Secondary School level in Tanzania. Provides web platform (online & offline), mobile applications and offline SMS services. Main use: Learning content for students, teachers and schools.

  • Continue reading Solar Media Backpack

    Solar Media Backpack

    Portable media station for settings with limited access to electricity and internet. Contains a durable projector, loudspeakers and 6–8-hour battery. Operates with solar panels as well as grid electricity. Main use: Present information (videos, photos, presentations etc.) to groups.

  • Continue reading Solar Water Solutions

    Solar Water Solutions

    Drinking water in remote locations. The water-purifiers are designed to function in remote settings. They operate with solar panels, are fully automatic and easy to maintain. Main use: Make drinking water in off-grid locations.

  • Continue reading TensorFlow


    TensorFlow is an end-to-end open source platform for machine learning. It has an ecosystem of tools, libraries, and community resources that lets researchers push the state-of-the-art in machine learning and developers easily build and deploy machine learning-powered applications.

  • Continue reading Textit


    Message and voice service platform. You can set up your own platform to communicate people using automated SMS or voice messages. Internet connection is not required for the users. Main use: Share information and interact with large number of people owning a basic mobile phone.

  • Continue reading Ubongo


    Entertaining education content for kids via a wide range of platforms and services: TV (cartoons), radio, mobile devices and apps. Ubongo is said to be Africa’s leading edutainment company. Main use: Wide range of education content for children.