IoGT Introductory Video

Our mission explained in 2 minutes.

A Revolution in Information

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Internet of Good Things (IoGT) hosts mobile-packaged content designed to make life-saving and life-improving information available for free, even on low end devices. IoGT is helping communities and frontline workers access educational and lifesaving information at the point of care.

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Topics and issues on Internet of Good Things include maternal health, hygiene, emergency information on diseases such as Yellow fever, Polio and Cholera, HIV and sexual health advice for adolescents, Internet safety, positive parenting techniques and more. Including multimedia elements and 2-way communication features, the IoGT platform can also be used to capture feedback and local best practices from communities through polls and survey functionalities.

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By connecting to the Internet of Good Things, children, adolescents, mothers, fathers, other family members, health trainers, caregivers, and communities can gain access to localized, updated, quality content directly on their mobile phone at anytime for free.

Why We Do It

Information access is a primary determinant in access to other human rights, as it enables people to make informed decisions regarding their health, finances, and education, among others.

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Lack of access to information

A leading cause of death and inhibitor for growth

Today, nearly 6 million children (under 5 years old) die every year from preventable illness. That’s 15,000 children dying daily from things we can prevent. These illnesses can be avoided if parents and caregivers are more informed about things such as breastfeeding, handwashing with soap, safe sanitation, and HIV and AIDS prevention.

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Addressing the inequality in access to information

While access to the Internet is increasing worldwide – between 2000-2015, global Internet penetration grew 7 fold from 6.5% to 43% – millions of people still lack access to quality, credible information. In some instances, this lack of information can be life-threatening; in others, it constrains growth within society as well as in the economy. Billions of people remain offline and are unable to access the knowledge economy. The technological revolution can only be a game changer when more and more people can get online. And a game changer is exactly what is needed.

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IoGT empowering communities:

Students can learn skills relevant to future careers; mothers can learn skills on how to protect children; adolescents can learn about their rights, citizens and communities are provided the tools to report issues and demand change...

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Internet of Good Things is best played on a mobile device

Profiles

Nwabisa is a 20-year-old woman living in Khayalitsha, an impoverished area on the extreme outskirts of Cape Town. Nwabisa was forced to leave high school at age 18, one year before graduating. Today Nwabisa keeps learning by using the Generation 2030 content on Internet of Good Things.

Developer & Implementer Resources

IoGT is supported by UNICEF with a network of open source developers. Access our code, launch guidelines, and community of practice through the resources below.

IoGT CMS Manual Access the IoGT Wagtail CMS manual, a comprehensive guide on how access and use the IoGT CMS.

IoGT's Dev Space on GitHub. IoGT is a scaffold application for Molo using Wagtail CMS.

Sample IoGT Site. This site includes all generic IoGT content available through UNICEF for localization. For more resources, contact the IoGT team at UNICEF.

List of IoGT Deployments. Currently, IoGT is only deployed with support from UNICEF country offices. As an open source solution, we invite interested third parties to use IoGT's code to support their own innovation needs under a BSD 2-Clause license.

Deployment / Launch Toolkit. This toolkit was designed for UNICEF country offices, but can be adapted to support the needs of other implementers to scale IoGT.

By the Numbers

Live Better Today

65

Countries and Territories

21

Languages

1 Million

Users and Counting