IoGT Introductory Video
Our mission explained in 2 minutes.
A Revolution in Information
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.
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.
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.
Lack of access to informationA 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.
IoGT bridging the digital divideAddressing 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.
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
Internet of Good Things helps build the foundation for early learning in Eastern and Southern Africa
UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa (ESAR) Communication and Early Education sections teamed up to promote Early Education information, activities and Care Practices for Child Development with the Internet of Good Things (IoGT). Between October 2016 and July 2017, close to 400,000 people accessed early learning material on Internet of Good Things in South Africa .LEARN MORE
IoGT providing educational tools to the Generation 2030
Gen2030 campaign launched in Johannesburg in October 2017. For this event and in support of the campaign UNICEF introduced 2 new contents on IoGT: 'Act For Climate' + 'The future is yours' : a collection of educative tools to empower young people be the change they want to see in the world.DISCOVER IT NOW
Providing Life-Saving Information during Emergencies with Internet of Good Things (IoGT)
In 2017, Internet of Good Things was used to provide emergency related information around epidemics, conflicts and natural disasters to 900,000 users in 33 countries and territories. IoGT supported UNICEF response to disease outbreaks in Angola (Cholera and Yellow fever), Benin (Lassa fever), Mozambique (Cholera), Nigeria (Cholera) and Latin America (Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya).LEARN MORE
UNICEF Angola using IoGT to promote healthy parenting with Mobile Network operator and Angola Ministry of Family
UNICEF Angola office has initiated discussions with the Ministry of Family to organize an event promoting the use of digital version of “A Receita da Felicidade” for all its partners. Previous to the launch of IoGT this booklet including health information for mothers and families was in a paper-only version. It is now freely accessible on any web enabled mobile in Angola.
Ebola information campaign with Tanzania government and a mobile communication company using IoGT
In early 2015, Tanzania’s Government, UNICEF and Push Mobile, a mobile communication company providing SMS aggregation services across all the available mobile networks in Tanzania, sealed a partnership to reach over 10 million Tanzanian mobile users with life-saving information on Ebola. The information about Ebola provided through IoGT was used to reach millions of Tanzanians and was made freely accessible to those who usually cannot afford a connection.
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.
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