October 25, 2012

ARTICLES: UNICEF uReport gives remote youths a voice

In most of the developing world, people who have mobile phones don't have Internet service but have only voicemail, text and spotty reception. But that doesn't stop citizens from using them in the most innovative ways.

In a project called uReport, UNICEF has partnered with local organizations that work with children and youth, such as the Scouts Association and faith-based organizations, and together they are using basic mobile phone technology to hear from young people in remote areas who can answer weekly SMS polls through their phones about community services and youth issues.

Recent polls have included questions about healthcare, girls in sports, students with disabilities, the youth fund, school dropouts, teen pregnancy, mosquito net usage and youth employment.

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