Repost: Written by me, originally published on HNI.org
African countries vulnerable to climate change can strengthen national climate information systems and benefit from regional coordination through a UNDP program called CIRDA — “Multi Country Programme to Strengthen Climate Information for Resilient Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa.”
Recently, CIRDA brokered a new agreement between HNI and Airtel Uganda with intentions to expand the 3-2-1 Service to the country to disseminate climate change information.
As access to reliable data services in smartphones is still limited due to developing infrastructure, solutions through the use of voice services, SMS texting and unstructured supplementary services data (USSD) have shown potential in communicating vital information to African populations. The use of voice messaging is particularly promising as it is able to reach populations with low levels of literacy. The NGO, Human Network International has developed a solution that provides public service information through the use of voice recordings available on demand (push) by mobile phone users.