UNICEF and Safaricom have launched the Internet of Good Things (IOGT) in Kenya. This is a set of information and resources which promotes living better and healthier. It is a UNICEF led initiative that helps in bridging the digital divide and building knowledge societies and is available in over 60 countries across the world.
The IOGT platform hosts mobile-packaged content from UNICEF and its partners, designed to make life-saving and life-improving information available at no cost – even on low-end devices, and basic web-enabled mobile phones. By providing greater access to information and tools to provide feedback, it allows youth and citizens to take part in critical discussions and voice their opinions.
In Kenya, IOGT is made accessible free of data charges by Safaricom, here. To use IOGT in Kenya without data charges, users should access the site with a Safaricom SIM card. Browsing the site will not deduct airtime from their balance.
Many communities and individuals across Kenya do not have ways to easily, or without charge, access life-saving information. Adolescents, especially girls, are vulnerable to malnutrition, child marriage, female genital mutilation, physical, sexual and gender-based violence, poor access to health information, early and unintended pregnancy, HIV and AIDS and more. Without access to critical information, these challenges and vulnerabilities can continue to compound. Through IOGT, access is provided to skills building, positive knowledge, emergency information, and anyone can be empowered to make more informed decisions around health, ending violence, environment protection, career advice and many other areas.
Patrizia DiGiovanni, Officer-In-Charge of UNICEF Kenya, had this to say, “We are pleased this collaboration between UNICEF Kenya and Safaricom will allow young people, caregivers and communities to access vital information and acquire new knowledge and skills – so that more children and young people can be protected from violence, harm and disease and can grow to their full potential. UNICEF is committed to reach the most disadvantaged populations and marginalized communities.”