August 19, 2021
Communication is really the first and most important thing to think about when a health crisis emerges. But how do you get your message to remote communities where there’s no infrastructure, electricity, or internet?
Cliff Schmidt, founder and executive director at Amplio, first met Revi Sterling at a conference in 2007 in India. They discovered that they were both Microsoft alumni and within them burned the same fiery passion for having a big impact.
March 19, 2021
Anastasiya Nurzhynska shares how a UNICEF Ghana pilot project has found that Talking Book technology is a maybe a solution to help Ghana Health Service deliver health information more effectively to underserved rural communities.
November 19, 2020
Landesa and Amplio hosted a panel of land rights experts and social entrepreneurs for a discussion on our exciting new partnership that is leveraging technology for legal empowerment in Liberia.
October 22, 2020
Delivering education to remote communities is a challenge that has become more pronounced during COVID-19. Allana Nelson chats with Amplio’s Toffic Dapilaah and Lisa Zook about initiatives that provide educational information to rural communities — and how they’re doing it in safe, socially distanced ways.
June 22, 2020
Policy makers and researchers tracking the impacts of COVID-19 and control measures have thus far focused mostly on urban areas, where the disease can spread rapidly. In this post, Katrina Kosec and Catherine Ragasa point out the need to pay attention to rural areas, which face a distinct set of pandemic challenges.
June 2, 2020
Forbes Nonprofit Council member James da Costa writes about the importance of user-centered design and scale—and the lessons learned—as social impact organizations build solutions and programs in today’s COVID-19 crisis.
April 21, 2020
As part of the effort to control the increase in numbers of COVID-19 and meningitis cases, In the Upper West Region a non-governmental organization has deployed a digital technology to help educate rural communities.
March 26, 2020
In this article, the World Banks’ Social Development Global Practice team shares their findings about the use of disruptive technologies to reach and help the world’s poorest and most marginalized people.
January 20, 2020
Grant Ingersoll interviews founder and executive director Cliff Schmidt about his inspiration for starting Amplio, why he joined the navy, what he loves about open source technology, and how to get funding when you’re a tech nonprofit.
November 16, 2019
In Kenya, Kalama Community Conservancy rangers are working with Afya Timiza Project-Samburu Afya Timiza, a USAID-funded project to help women access proper antenatal care and ensure that expectant mothers deliver in hospitals to avoid maternal death.
October 9, 2019
In today’s internet-connected, mobilized world, it is easy to forget that over 750 million adults remain illiterate, and 800 million live on less than a dollar a day. The Miller Center profiles the Talking Book and Amplio founder, Cliff Schmidt, who participates in the GSBI accelerator program for social entrepreneurship.
September 23, 2018
Arm is the world’s leading semiconductor and software design company. Lorin Fries interviews Dominic Vergine, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, about Arm’s 2030 Vision to create technology partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals—and how Talking Books fit in.
In Ghana, MEDA’s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project has made great use of Talking Books. Devices were distributed to over 1,000 lead women farmers to share with the village savings and loan associations.
June 14, 2017
Journalist Charlotte Kan interviews Cliff Schmidt, Amplio’s executive director, during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum in Geneva. Cliff explains how the Talking Book supports the UN Global Goals and is used for sharing knowledge with people in world’s hardest-to-reach communities.
May 22, 2017
UNESCO announced that 14 case study finalists will be part of the UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy: Improved Livelihoods in a Digital World — including the Amplio Talking Book.
April 18, 2016
Technology tends to create divides. It doesn’t actually lift up the poorest of the poor. And the reason is because the wealthier, and the more educated, have the most access to technology. Amplio uses clever technology and user feedback to maintain a genuine understanding of its target population’s needs.
August 12, 2015
Peter Grant writes about how the challenges of distance and infrastructure in Ghana’s Upper West region mean that many people remain economically isolated, making a living through smallholder agriculture and small-scale trading. The Talking Book aims to fill the gap left by the absence of government services.
August 2, 2015
Alistair Dawber writes about how Talking Books lessons on health and farming have helped to unite the village of Suke in western Ghana, providing access to knowledge women are using to keep their children healthy, grow more food, and earn income.
November 24, 2014
As the United Nations marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a humanitarian technology company has announced a new multi-year partnership with UNICEF and ARM to deliver health education to 40,000 vulnerable people in Ghana, using Talking Book devices.
November 20, 2014
Every year in Ghana, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture celebrates Farmers Day. The idea is to honor and celebrate those that have applied innovative methods to grow more food. Last year, a group of winners shared something in common — a helping hand from a Seattle non-profit.
November 20, 2014
Hundreds of handheld audio computers are to be given to some of Ghana's poorest communities to help spread potentially life-saving information. The Talking Books will let families play audio files as well as make their own recordings, which can be shared with others or used to give feedback.
July 23, 2013
Inspired by the One Laptop Per Child, software consultant Cliff Schmidt wondered if there was a need for an even more low-cost, low-tech device to spread knowledge in poor areas of the world. In Ghana, he met agricultural and health official who said they needed a better way to communicate with villagers in remote areas.
September 7, 2008
Most of the world's billion or so poorest, unhealthiest and disenfranchised people are also illiterate, Cliff Schmidt noticed a few years ago, a chronic global deficit that he believes seriously hamstrings any other humanitarian or assistance efforts under way in the developing world.