This area of the site contains links to resources, tools, services and documentation to explore.

Mobile advocacy communities

  • Mobile active. A resource for activists using mobile technology worldwide.
  • ShareIdeas. is an online community and a wiki for sharing ideas on how to use mobile communications for social and environmental benefits. was created with support from Nokia and Vodafone, but belongs to the growing global network of individuals and organizations that use this virtual gathering place to communicate - and collaborate.
  • Eprom: Eprom is a part of the Program for Developmental Entrepreneurship within the MIT Design Laboratory, aimimg to foster mobile phone-related research and entrepreneurship with a focus on the Africa region.
  • Resource sites

  • Mobile Africa: A web portal very popular amongst the mobile users in Africa, calling itself "the gateway to Africa's mobile communication technology, containing extensive invaluable tools for everyday use like SMS, Ringtones, a Glossary of terms used in the mobile communications industry".
  • Mobile Active Strategy Guides: A series of guides directed at NGOs, listing strategies, case studies, and lessons learned to encourage the adoption of mobile phones.
  • Kiwanja: Mobile applications database containing details of projects from around the world which make social and environmental use of mobile technology in fields such as human health, economic empowerment, conservation, education, human rights and poverty alleviation. A resource collected by Ken Banks, creator of Frontline SMS, who is one of the mobile advocacy toolkit contributors.
  • Latest ringtone news: Information on innovative uses of Ringtones from
  • 160 Characters: News site on SMS and mobile messaging.
  • Mobile Society: This website provides information on research related to the social consequences of the mobile phones. Their mission is to include all publicly available information on studies about the interaction between mobile phones and contemporary society.

    Services and applications

    Commercial services

    These are companies that provide services such as bulk SMS messaging and short codes. Inclusion in this list should not be seen as an endorsement of the products or companies detailed.

    Messaging systems used in NGO contexts

    These are some messaging systems that have been used in interesting ways in the not for profit environment.


    Some telephony and VOIP applications.


    Further reading

    Draft paper on mobile phones and activism: Ethan Zuckermann's paper on the role mobile phones and messaging play in the activities of grassroots groups in developing countries.

    Some stories from around the world about the regulatory and political environment of mobile phone use;