The development of the toolkit is supported by Hivos and the Open Society Institute. The toolkit was created in partnership with Fahamu, Networks for Social Justice.

We would like to thank the following people and testing organisations for their contributions to this toolkit.


Ken Banks

Ken Banks, founder of, devotes himself to the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in the developing world, and has spent the last 15 years working on projects in Africa. Recently, his research resulted in the development of FrontlineSMS, a field communication system designed to empower grassroots non-profit organisations. Ken graduated from Sussex University with honours in Social Anthropology with Development Studies and currently divides his time between Cambridge (UK) and Stanford University in California on a MacArthur Foundation-funded Fellowship. Ken was awarded a Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship in 2006, and named a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow in 2008. Further details of Ken's wider work are available on his website.

Evan Henshaw-Plath

Evan (Rabble) Henshaw-Plath is the co-author of the upcomings book Testing and Debugging Ruby on Rails and the Asterisk Cookbook from O'Reilly. He was the lead developer and architect of the podcasting site, one of the first high profile rails sites to launch. Evan has been active in participatory media activism projects including and

Tad Hirsch

Tad Hirsch is a researcher and PhD candidate in the Smart Cities Group at MIT's Media Lab, where his work focuses on the intersections between art, activism, and technology. He has worked with Intel's People and Practices Research Group, Motorola's Advanced Concepts Group and the Interaction Design Studio at Carnegie Mellon University, and has several years experience in the nonprofit sector. Tad is also a frequent collaborator with the Institute for Applied Autonomy, an award-winning arts collective that exhibits throughout the United States and Europe.

Dorothy Okello

Dorothy Okello is the coordinator of Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET). She has worked to get more women and rural communities engaged in the information society for development via gender and ICT policy advocacy and via program implementation and monitoring and evaluation. She has also been a lecturer with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Makerere University, Uganda. She has been for over a decade in teaching, researching, and conducting projects in the ICT sector at national, regional and international levels.

Trixie Concepcion

Trixie Concepcion of TXTPower, the group that popularized the Hello Garci protest ringtones in the Philippines!

Fran Boon

Fran Boon has worked on IT solutions for the developing world for 11 years. Fran is currently the Deputy International Support Manager at Oxfam GB, where he coordinates IT support for the 150 field offices. In his spare time he works on OpenSource projects, such as Sahana.

Geoffrey Muthondu

Geoffrey is a Nairobi-based programmer working with, a non-profit consultancy creating groundbreaking mobile data products to serve public health and international development. He developed a passion for mobile programming as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr Nathan Eagle (MIT) under the  Entrepreneurial Programming and Research on Mobiles project. Since then, he has been actively involved in developing sustainable solutions for public health. He is also a member of OpenROSA, a consortium, that creates open source, standards-based tools for mobile data collection, aggregation, analysis, and reporting.

Christiana Iyoha

Christiana Charles-Iyoha is a development communications practitioner involved in policy and development analysis with a bias to gender influence, coherence and integration in development. Christiana has a keen interest in and a burning passion for gendered development policy and development programming. An active participant in the Nigerian and global social development discourse, Christiana has extensive experience in germane social development issues from the National Foundation on Vesico Vagina Fistulae, Post Abortion Care Network, (Nigeria), and Development Information Network. She is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy and Development, Lagos, Nigeria and the Protem Coordinator of the African Women ICT4D Network.

Rick Bahague

Rick leads the Computer Professional's Union (CPU)

Kevin Nnadi

Nnadi Kevin is an experienced economist and community mobiliser working with women and In-and-Out of school youth. Kevin has worked with UNICEF as a master trainer in the UNICEF/National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS prevention project D-field. He has keen interest in mainstreaming ICT in the Rural Development work.

Toni Eliasz

Toni Eliasz gained a reputation as a mission driven social entrepreneur with the aim to understand the opportunities and risks of future technologies (especially Information and communication Technologies, ICTs) and use this knowledge to contribute towards sustainable world and society. One of the key figures of a Global eRiding Network, a world-wide movement of non-profit technology consultants. A rising young visionary, advocate, and a speaker on international digital divide issues.

Contributing organisations

We would like to thank Sally-Jean Shackleton from Women'sNet for her facilitation of the meeting in Nairobi which led to the creation of this toolkit. Women’sNet is a feminist organisation that works to advance gender
equality and justice in South Africa through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

The following organisations provided invaluable assistance in the testing of this toolkit.

International Center for Accelerated Development (ICAD), Nigeria

Made in Kenya Network, Kenya

Congolese Law Clinic for Justice and Reconciliation(CLCJR), DRC

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), Uganda

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