• Big Innovations from a Big Island

    The cumulative expertise of the HNI team catalyzed in Madagascar — the proving ground for DataWinners, the 3-2-1 Service, and our Mobile-to-Mobile Surveys.

    As big as France, twice the size of Arizona, Madagascar is the world’s fourth-largest island — 1000 miles end to end.

    It is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a diverse population and geography, challenging infrastructure, and critical conservation issues.

    If a technology solution can work here, it can work anywhere.

  • David McAfee and HNIDavid McAfee, HNI’s Co-Founder, knew Madagascar well. He had managed a nationwide public health project in Madagascar from 1999 to 2004.

    David became frustrated having to make key decisions without good data. It was this frustration that motivated him to found and to lead HNI.

    The “human network” refers to families across the developing world connected by simple, inexpensive mobile phones to meet their communications needs.

    David returned to Madagascar 2008 to find ways to help organizations and individuals to use the phones and devices they already own in innovative, productive and sustainable ways.

  • Since our modest beginning in 2008, HNI has grown rapidly. We have worked with dozens of partners across multiple sectors.

    We’ve grown because organizations recognize the importance of putting information and communication technology — ICT — to work for development — 4D: ICT4D

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    We now have a large staff of professionals: trainers, developers, and managers whose passion is to accelerate development by building the capacity of others to use technology in smart and innovative ways.

  • HNI’s partners in Madagascar

    Abt AssociatesPublic HealthData Collection
    ADRAFood SecurityData Collection
    AirtelPrivate SectorMobile-to-Mobile Survey, Data Collection, 321 Service
    AmbatovyPrivate SectorMobile-to-Mobile Survey
    CAREFood SecurityData Collection
    Catholic Relief ServicesFood SecurityData Collection
    Jhpiego (MCHIP)Public HealthData Collection
    John Snow, Inc. (DELIVER)Public HealthData Collection
    John Snow, Inc. (MAHEFA)Public HealthData Collection
    Marie Stopes MadagascarPublic HealthData Collection
    Ministry of HealthPublic HealthData Collection, 321 Service
    National Elections Monitoring CommitteeGood GovernanceData Collection
    National Land Title OfficeProperty RightsData Collection, 321 Service
    National Office of Disaster ManagementHumanitarian AssistanceData Collection
    National Office of MicrofinanceMicrofinance321 Service
    Peace CorpsAgriculture, Education, Public HealthData Collection
    Population Services InternationalPublic HealthData Collection, 321 Service
    System of Rice Intensification GroupAgriculture321 Service
    UNICEFEducationData Collection
    WaterAidWater & SanitationData Collection
    World Bank & National Nutrition OfficeNutritionAudio Job Aids, Data Collection
    World Bank & National Statistics OfficeEconomicMobile-to-Mobile Survey, Data Collection
    World Wildlife Fund (WWF)ConservationData Collection