Panellists discussed how mobile technology can drive offline change, increase uptake of critical services and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“The great beauty of digital”, panellist Patty Alleman, Senior Gender and Development Advisor at UNICEF, noted, is that it allows us to gather live feedback to inform platform and programme design.
Patty shared her organisation’s motivation to explore how digital technology can achieve large-scale results tailored to meet the varying needs and experiences of girls globally. For example, in Indonesia and Mongolia, UNICEF is considering how to design period tracker apps, with and for girls, that meet their diverse realities.
Speaking about the high proportion of deaths from cervical cancer in developing countries, Guillaume Grosso, Director of International Business at Gavi, noted that there is a lack of information and misconceptions about vaccination.
Guillaume shared how mobile technology has the power to inform, implement and track the success of programmes. Through Gavi’s partnership with Girl Effect, we are seeking to understand, motivate and generate demand for the HPV vaccine in Malawi, Ethiopia and Rwanda.