mPowering’s Antipoverty Mobile App

A new nonprofit organization, mPowering, uses existing mobile technology and infrastructure to empower the poorest of the poor (those living on less than $2 a day). The organization, which has begun work in India and Nepal, uses an incentive-and-award approach to encourage long-term positive behaviours that will help eliminate poverty and improve the quality of living for the world’s poorest. For example, their most recent app is designed to track children’s attendance in school. Based on her attendance, the child earns credit points, which can then be redeemed for food, medicine and other necessities. Thus, children from lower income groups are provided with an incentive to go to school regularly, rather than having to choose between work and study.

Through its partners, mPowering distributes smartphones loaded with mobile apps to monitor desired behaviors, such as kids attending school or expectant mothers accessing prenatal care. The organization doesn’t provide direct services. Instead, mPowering connects with nonprofit partners such as Citta, which provides education, health care, and other services in high-poverty areas.

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CKS featured on Designwala

Over at designwala.org, Ria Rajan writes about Aditya Dev Sood, CKS, and our report on 34 Ways to Save Lives in Rural India, a part of the Vaccine Delivery Innovation Initiative (VDII).

In 2009, CKS diversified its portfolio and made a bold foray into the world of financial, medical and health services. With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (that is in the forefront of applying innovation to the social sectors) and in partnership with the Government of Bihar, CKS took on the Innovation for Improved Maternal and Child Healthcare (IIMCH) study.

Read more: CKS – 34 ways to save a life