About Us

Amplio

By amplifying the reach of our partners and the voices of communities, Amplio makes it possible to share knowledge with the world’s hardest-to-reach communities. We do this through our Talking Book audio device and our comprehensive set of services.

 

Our Mission

Share empowering knowledge with the world’s most vulnerable communities.

 

Together with our partners we strive to build a world where the knowledge required to end poverty and improve health reaches those who need it, no matter where they live, their economic status, or literacy level.

How We Share Knowledge with the Talking Book

In 2015, Amplio (then Literacy Bridge) won the WISE Award for our program in Ghana. This video describes how our Talking Book program provides access to knowledge that improves people’s lives.

Our Partners

We have ambitious, yet reachable goals. But we know we cannot accomplish them alone. We complement our technology and experience through partnerships with universities, nonprofits, governmental organizations, for-profit companies, and open-source communities from around the world.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. Since 2013, Amplio has partnered with UNICEF to share knowledge, originally with 49 communities in the Jirapa District of Ghana. This knowledge includes improved agriculture practices, information on handwashing, and the use of bed nets to prevent malaria. We have now expanded this partnership to reach 250,000 people in the Northern and Upper West Regions.

CARE International fights poverty in 94 countries. It places a special focus on working alongside women in order to harness their power to help families and communities escape poverty. Our partnership with CARE began in May 2015 and now reaches more than 30,000 people with knowledge about farming, health, finance, and discussions about gender roles.

The WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. Its primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations’ system and to lead partners in global health responses. ITU is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is responsible for issues that concern information and communication technologies. Our partnership with WHO and ITU is expanding our reach into new national governments so that they can integrate Talking Book programs into their health and agriculture ministries.

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Winrock will use Talking Books in northern Ghana to improve the environment, natural resources, and rural livelihoods in northern Ghana. It will do this by driving transformative change in the adoption of improved practices, technologies, and behaviors.

MEDA is one of Canada’s largest, international economic-development organizations. We have expanded our partnership with MEDA from a pilot program reaching 30 women’s groups to a program reaching more than 1,000 women’s groups within MEDA’s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project, which aims to increase food security for families in Ghana’s Upper West region.

ARM provides financial, in-kind, and ecosystem support to enable Amplio to develop new technology and scale our global reach. In addition, ARM is a founding partner of 2030Vision, an initiative that connects business, NGOs, academia, and governments with the technology solutions needed to realize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Team

Allison Sambo

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Officer

Our Board

FAQs

Amplio does not sell Talking Books as a stand-alone product. Amplio partners with organizations to develop a customized Talking Book program that includes the training, technology support, and analytics required for success. If you would like to learn more about becoming a partner, please contact us at partnerships@amplio-network.org.

Amplio, along with our partners and established local community experts, creates content based on the program and community needs.

Content includes audio lessons, expert interviews, dramas, Q&A conversations, or songs.

Each Talking Book has a built-in engagement platform that enables users to record feedback, questions, and reactions to content. Amplio and its partners collect and report user feedback and usage statistics in order to monitor the Talking Book program’s effectiveness.

To be cost effective, Talking Books are often rotated from household to household or listened to in small-group settings. In some programs, community workers will use the Talking Book as a teaching tool for their services.

The Talking Book overcomes the barriers to access that remain with mobile and computer devices. Cellular phones require a minimum level of literacy, network connectivity, and are expensive for already marginalized groups. Radio broadcasts do not allow users to pause and repeat content, and is limited in its ability to incorporate a built-in feedback channel or capture user data.

Amplio and its partners currently serve communities in Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda. We are always looking for partners who are interested in the Talking Book program to expand their reach and share their knowledge. If you are interested in learning more, please contact partnerships@amplio-network.org