mPower Social Enterprises Ltd. won the prestigious Manthan Award – South Asia 2011 in the e-Health category for BRAC mPower mHealth Model. This accolade is the recognition of the South Asia’s best practices on Digital Inclusion for Development. The Manathan Award 2011 nominations process generated 450 plus nominations. Continue reading
When an organization thinks about information usage, it should ideally think about its entire life-cycle rather than just the data collection. At mPower, we think of information life-cycle as having four major components:
1) Information Gathering
2) Information Processing
3) Information Viewing
4) Information Sharing
An ideal “information plan” of an organization should cover all of the above components. It is important to realize that these components are heavily inter-dependent. So, the entire plan should be made all at once rather than piecemeal. There are numerous examples of cases where “too much information” or “too little information” is collected as a result of inadequate plan for the entire life-cycle.
The first step is to gather data from the field – just enough data based on exact definition of need. The second step is to process that data through various relevant criteria to turn it into insight. The third step is to present that insight to different actors of the system in ways that is relevant for what they do – for instance, the information view of an executive director will be very different from the view of a field manager. The fourth step is to share information up and down and laterally across the organization – a higher level manager may pass down decisions to a lower level manager, while a lower level manager may ask for feedback and instruction from an upper level manager.
The more we are working with development organizations, the more we are observing that this holistic, “life-cycle” approach to information usage is largely missing. One of our quests is to imbibe this line of thinking in these organizations in a collaborative manner.
mPower CTO Dr. Shamiul Haque joins the launching ceremony of mCare Project in Gaibandha. The mCARE project aims to develop and test an integrated mobile health (mHealth) information system for the Government to facilitate pregnancy surveillance and registration, to optimize scheduling and delivery of antenatal and postnatal care to pregnant women and newborns, and to facilitate timely referrals for health emergencies. Continue reading
“Mobile phones can transform the way NGO projects are monitored and managed across the country,” said Mridul Chowdhury, CEO and Founder of mPower Social Enterprises Ltd. Continue reading
Welcome to the blog of mPower Social Enterprises. We will be using this blog to share our thoughts, exchange ideas, compare learnings and pose questions to the world as we continue our journey in working with development organizations across the world in [...] Continue reading