Partnering on solutions to global poverty

Our Global Partners

Amplio Network partners with international development organizations, businesses, governments, and in-country NGOs to bridge the knowledge gap for people with low literacy skills who are struggling with global poverty. We’re committed to working with our global partners to empower the world’s most vulnerable communities through knowledge sharing.

UNICEF assists children and mothers in developing countries. In 2013, Amplio signed a three-year contract with UNICEF Ghana and our affiliate, Literacy Bridge Ghana, to reach 49 communities in the Jirapa District with maternal and child health education. In 2017, we expanded the program to reach more than 250,000 direct beneficiaries in 10 districts in Northern and Upper West regions to provide greater access to knowledge about health, hygiene and sanitation, education, and child protection. In 2018, the program grew to integrate Talking Books in regional Community-Based Health and Planning Services (CHPS).
CARE International is a global confederation of 14 members working together to fight poverty in 94 countries. CARE places a special focus on working with women to help whole families and communities escape poverty. Our partnership with CARE reached more than 30,000 people with knowledge about farming, health, finance, and discussions about gender roles.
MEDA is an international economic development organizations whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty. Our partnership with MEDA began as pilot program for 30 women’s groups and expanded to more than 1,000 women’s groups through MEDA’s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project. GROW reaches 20,000 women farmers and their families in northern Ghana to increase food security by helping women grow more soybeans and forge market links to improve their income opportunities. Talking Books support training and learning related to agriculture, nutrition, and financial literacy.

WHO’s 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.

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, the Centre for Behaviour Change and Communication (CBCC) specializes in social and behavior change programming across all sectors. CBCC works with national and international organizations, including Nutrition International, World Food Program, World Health Organization, and UNICEF. As an Amplio affiliate, CBCC uses Talking Books to strengthen their SBC efforts in the most underserved, rural communities. CBCC currently runs Talking Books programs in seven counties across Kenya: Turkana, Samburu, Busia, Vihiga, Maueni, Bomet, and Nandi. They previously implemented Talking Book programs in Kasese, Uganda and partnered with UNHD to run a pilot project at the Mahama refugee camp in Rwanda.

 

Literacy Bridge Ghana (LBG) provides a range technology training and program services, including audio content design and production, to make knowledge and skills available to the most underserved people in the poorest communities. LBG has been operating in Ghana since 2007 and has partnered on Talking Book training, services, and programs for AGRA, CARE International, MEDA, and UNICEF in Northern and Upper West regions in Ghana.

The primary areas for these programs include health, child protection, agriculture and food security, market linkages, gender equality, and social cohesion.

ARM provides financial, in-kind, and ecosystem support that enables Amplio to develop new technology and scale our global reach. ARM’s 2030Vision initiative connects businesses, NGOs, and governments with the technology and expertise they need to realize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The 2030Vision aims to transform the use of technology so that all people can live their lives to their full potential by 2030.

Amplio is currently developing a new version of the Talking Book that will work with rechargeable batteries and feature an ARM-based microprocessor chip.

When UNICEF’s Communication for Development program implemented by Global Humanitarian Development Foundation (GHDF) at Mahama Refugee Camp was extended from June to December 2017, it included a six-month Talking Book pilot project focused on hygiene and child health. Talking Books were given to community health workers (CHWs) to reinforce their message delivery during door-to-door visits and at Community Hygiene Club meetings.  

This was the first time Talking Books were used in a refugee camp setting. The project was made possible thanks to a generous contribution from the Government of Japan and in partnership with Amplio and CBCC.

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Would you like to partner with Amplio Network on a Talking Book project, work with us as an affiliate, or discuss other ways to collaborate? Please get in touch!  We are always looking for great new partners. Please click on the Partner With Amplio link below to tell us about your organization and project.

POSTCARD FROM THE FIELD

Driving sustainable agriculture, better incomes

New technologies increasingly provide information to people living in rural poverty. However, using information to affect health or farming practices requires overcoming challenges such as illiteracy and lack of electricity. In northern Ghana, we studied the impact of giving rural people on-demand access to guidance created by local experts. Our evaluation showed Talking Books significantly impact learning, behavior change, and crop yields in villages with low literacy rates and no electricity.

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“I have worked in the field of social and behavior change communication for 20 years. When I saw the Talking Book, I knew this was the tool we have been looking for — because it addresses all of the challenges and knowledge gaps we have in SBCC.”

Catherine Lengewa, Technical and Strategy Director for CBCC, Amplio Network’s affiliate in Kenya

“I have worked in the behavior change communications field for the past 20 years. When I saw the Talking Books, I knew this was the tool we’ve been looking for because it addresses all the challenges and all the gaps we’ve had in SBCC.”

Catherine Lengewa, Technical and Strategy Director for CBCC, Amplio Network’s affiliate in Kenya

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Amplio Network is a US-based nonprofit organization that uses its Talking Book audio device to help global partners amplify and widen their impact. Our technology makes it possible to share knowledge and transform lives for people with low literacy skills in the world's hardest to reach communities.

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