Case Studies

Read about Talking Book technology and program impact.

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EMPOWERING WOMEN FARMERS: A CASE STUDY
 

MEDA's Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project used Talking Books to economically empower women farmers in Ghana to improve food security and nutrition for their families by growing and selling soy.  

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USAID AFYA TIMIZA PROJECT: A CASE STUDY

In Kenya, community health volunteers used the Amplio Talking Book to improve access to quality health information and services for semi-nomadic pastoralists in Samburu and Turkana, doubling the number of ANC visits. 

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HEALTH EDUCATION AT MAHAMA CAMP: A CASE STUDY

In 2017, UNICEF Rwanda conducted a six-month Talking Book pilot to improve health education and outreach for 50,000 Burundian refugees at Mahama Camp. The campaign focused on hygiene and sanitation.

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CHILD PROTECTION AND USER FEEDBACK: A CASE STUDY
 

UNICEF Ghana used Talking Books as a Communication for Development (C4D) strategy to promote key family practices in the Upper West Region. Learn how user feedback informed child protection messaging. 

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ENGAGING MEN IN ANTENATAL CARE: A CASE STUDY

In 2019, UNICEF and Amplio partnered with Ghana Health Service on a Talking Book pilot project in Jirapa District. At sites where Talking Books were used, more men participated in child wellness clinics and ANC visits.

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PROMOTING GOOD HYGIENE PRACTICES: A CASE STUDY

Implemented by Amplio Ghana, UNICEF’s Talking Book C4D program in the Upper West Region promotes key family practices for good health and well-being, including knowledge and behaviors for hygiene and sanitation.

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VSO ZAMBIA: TALK II PROJECT EVALUATION AND LEARNING REPORT

VSO used Talking Books to engage and inform adolescents about sexual and reproductive health and rights in the remote islands of Zambia's Samfya District. An external evaluation showed a positive impact. 

Read TALK II Project Evaluation and Learning Report

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Impact of Low-Cost, On-demand, Information Access in a Remote Ghanaian Village

Schmidt, Cliff, et al. "Impact of low-cost, on-demand information access in a remote Ghanaian Village." Information Technologies & International Development, vol. 8, no. 2, summer 2012, pp. 85+.

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Participatory Design of an Icon-Based User Interface (UI) for Rural People with Low Literacy

 

Bayor, et al. "The Talking Book: Participatory Design of an Icon-Based User Interface (UI) for Rural People with Low Literacy." Proceedings of the Second African Conference for Human Computer Interaction: Thriving Communities. Association for Computing Machinery, USA, pp. 24-33. 

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MAP & MATCH: DIGITAL HEALTH SYSTEMS TO SUPPORT PANDEMIC RESPONSE IN GHANA
 

The USAID-funded Map & Match project helps the global digital health community leverage and adapt existing digital health tools for COVID-19 response. The Amplio Talking Book is included in the Ghana brief.

Read Map & Match Ghana Country Brief 

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PDD CASE STUDY: AMPLIO TALKING BOOK 

The Principles for Digital Development are a set of nine guidelines for integrating best practices into technology-enabled development programs for international development and cooperation. 

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TALKING BOOK PROGRAMME: A UNESCO CASE STUDY

 

Globally, millions of people are adversely impacted by low literacy and geographic isolation. The Amplio Talking Book was one of 17 digital solutions selected as a case study by the UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy.

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CARE PATHWAYS: TALKING BOOK INNOVATION BRIEF

In Ghana, the CARE Pathway program used the Talking Book as an extension support tool for Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) groups. Content included best practices in farming, nutrition, gender, and marketing.

Read CARE Pathways Talking Book Innovation Brief