Vodafone Foundation

Dialing Up Hope Amid Civil War in the DRC

Jean Marie Minani | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Jean Marie Minani

A person who doesn't communicate is like a person who is imprisoned. They are excluded from the outside world, without information. They don't hear any news.

Connected Women Are Empowered Women

Sevi Simavi | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sevi Simavi

Access to a mobile device can be life-changing, particularly for women. The Cherie Blair Foundation's research with the GSMA revealed that 9 out of 10 women in developing markets feel safer because of their mobile phones; 8 out of 10 feel more independent with access to mobile technology and more than half have used a mobile phone to earn additional income.

I Signed Away My Possessions Because I Couldn't Read

Wafaa Mohamad Ramadan | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Wafaa Mohamad Ramadan

My first husband married me when I was 12 years old. We travelled to Jordan to live together. He took a little girl with him who didn't know anything about life... I signed a paper I couldn't read because I wanted to make him happy - or maybe I didn't want to endure his anger. He started to treat me very badly. I was abused. We were eventually divorced.

The Social and Economic Role of Mobile

Andrew Dunnett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Dunnett

Following the attack at Nairobi's Westgate Mall, 62 million Kenyan shillings (£444,000) was donated to the Kenyan Red Cross in just 48 hours via mobile. Safaricom set up a free text payment service on its M-Pesa platform, enabling Kenyans to quickly donate money to support those affected.

Mobile Giving: Ringing the Changes

Andrew Dunnett | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Tech
Andrew Dunnett

Text giving has a bright future, but it is not the only option. Increasing smartphone penetration will enable the creation of further data solutions. What these are is not yet clear and the full opportunity for mobile and digital solutions in giving needs to be assessed.

How Mobile Phones Are Fighting Domestic Violence

Andrew Dunnett | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Tech
Andrew Dunnett

In the UK - where, unbeknown to many, two women die every week as a result of domestic violence - high smartphone and tablet penetration has enabled digital media to be used effectively in raising awareness.

Mobile: The Enabler

Andrew Dunnett | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Tech
Andrew Dunnett

For the Foundation, the enabling bit began with both the smartphone revolution and the wider penetration of mobiles in to developing economies. Before then, enabling meant providing emergency telecoms in a disaster situation.