Making your Android phone behave like a mobile phone tower? There’s an app for that, in Nigeria.
Tapping into an SMS network to report human trafficking in rural areas? There’s an app for that, in Ghana.
Internews launched a “Small Innovation Grants” competition in July, designed to identify cutting-edge, high-risk but feasible technology solutions for some of the most serious problems facing isolated and vulnerable communities in Africa. The call for proposals generated nearly 400 applications from Cameroon to Zambia, to address everything from tracking market prices to denouncing electrical shortages.