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United Methodist Communications leads global training with user-centered design

United Methodist Communications is a game changer in communications technology. By ramping up its trainings in Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, Angola, the DRC and the Philippines, it is working with local leadership in areas impacted by new technology to teach and collaborate on the newest technologies on the ground.

The result: actual programs that have been catalyzed by these trainings. In the Philippines, United Methodist Communications conducted ham radio trainings so that all three episcopal areas would have access to an early alert system and aftermath communications. In West Africa, training is manifesting SMS (short message service) solutions that could prevent loss of life from violence or disease. In Democratic Republic of Congo, the training addresses the needs of maternal health for mother and child. In December, we will be in Southern Africa to help set up communications technology solutions in educational settings as well as mobile health.

This is just the beginning. Operating from a user-centered design model for information and communications technology for development (ICT4D) ensures that the best solutions for each unique situation will continue to emerge.