No Internet Connection? No Problem: Collecting Mobile Data in Rural Communities

July 8, 2014 by Lindsay McNamara
No Internet Connection? No Problem: Collecting Mobile Data in Rural Communities

Throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America, Hunger Project programs operate in rural and sometimes remote communities. Since we began monitoring programs using cutting-edge mobile technology, areas without internet connection have posed a challenge for our committed Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team.

To meet these challenges, The Hunger Project has implemented the ThungerPlug®.

ThungerPlug® is a compact device that runs the server of iFormBuilder (the cloud-based mobile data collection platform that we use to monitor programs) without an internet connection. ThungerPlug® allows local Hunger Project staff to capture, sync and view data without requiring internet access.

The device essentially acts as a local area network that, when within 50 meters, will sync data from any assigned mobile device. The data is then stored locally on the ThungerPlug®, which frees up space on the mobile devices collecting data. ThungerPlug® then compacts the data allowing shorter transmission time of the data to the server once plugged into an ethernet outlet.

Moreover, ThungerPlug® allows data to be uploaded to a local cloud system. This means that enumerator teams can view, analyze and discuss the data collected on a daily basis to make adjustments, as needed, and to strategize.

To date, The Hunger Project has piloted the device in Senegal and Uganda. We are looking forward to scaling up the use of ThungerPlug® in the field over the coming months.

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World Malaria Day

April 25, 2012 by Communications Intern
April 25 is World Malaria Day! Instituted in 2007 by the World Health Assembly to recognize the global effort to provide effective control of malaria, World Malaria Day is an opportunity for international actors and countries to expand the conversation on fighting the disease and for new donors to join the global partnership.

Your Facebook for a Hunger-Free World!

April 17, 2012 by Sara D Wilson
We've posted before about easy ways to get involved with The Hunger Project. Today we're adding one more way for you to make a difference today and every day: contribute your Facebook profile cover photo and ask friends to do the same!

World Water Day 2012: Water & Food Security

March 22, 2012 by Sara D Wilson
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Today is World Water Day! In honor of this universally valuable resource join us in celebrating water and raising awareness about this year's theme of Water and Food Security. Stats, infographics and more!

Join The Hunger Project Delegation to the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

March 12, 2012 by Sara D Wilson
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Announcing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for motivated, socially conscious, global citizens between the ages of 18 and 26! Apply now to join a select Hunger Project Delegation to the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago, Illinois April 23-25, 2012.

Thousand Days: Improving the Nutrition of Rural Women - CSW 56 Parallel Event

March 7, 2012 by Communications Intern
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The Hunger Project was proud to co-host a highly successful parallel event during the 56th Commission on the Status of Women this February in New York City titled “Thousand Days: Improving the Nutrition of Rural Women.” It was held in association with Franciscans International, Bread for the World, Thousand Days, Family Care International, African Methodist Episcopal Women, and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and featured four distinguished panelists who tackled the question: why is investing in good nutrition pivotal to sustainable development?

How Will You Celebrate International Women's Day 2012?

March 7, 2012 by Sara D Wilson
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This years International Women's Day theme IWD is especially close to our hearts here at The Hunger Project: Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty. Read on to find out how our programs around the world are celebrating and don't forget to join us in NYC March 8!

BREAKING: Water, Poverty Millennium Development Targets Met Ahead of Schedule

March 6, 2012 by Sara D Wilson
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In September 2000, the leaders of 189 nations made a commitment to achieve specific results by 2015 in eight major areas of international development, results that have come to be known as the Millennium Development Goals. Now, 12 years later, reports reveal the successful, early achievement of a target of MDG 7: Halve the proportion of people who are unable to reach or to afford safe drinking water.

A Review of Road Map for the Microfinance Industry: Focusing on Responsible and Client-Centered Microfinance

March 2, 2012 by Communications Intern
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The Microfinance CEO Working Group meets once a month to discuss the challenges practitioners face within the industry and to develop responses. In their latest brief, Road Map for the Microfinance Industry: Focusing on Responsible and Client-Centered Microfinance, they highlight three different microfinance initiatives that are aiding in the delivery of more equitable, transparent and effective microfinance services to clients in developing countries. Read on to learn more about these initiatives and how The Hunger Project's Microfinance Program is meeting these industry standards.

Tweeting the 56th Commission on the Status of Women

February 27, 2012 by Sara D Wilson
Taking place February 27 - March 9, The 56th Commission on the Status of Women is taking place at the United Nations in NYC. Follow along as THP staff and like-minded organizations live-Tweet the events and join the converstaion with #CSW56 on Twitter.
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