Press Coverage:


Ghana: Simple Technology Offers Rural Communities A Route Out Of Fragility | August 2015

Thunder is rolling over the horizon at the start of the rainy season in Suke, a small village in Ghana’s arid north.

Suke is remote, a two hour drive from Wa, the nearest major town. One major road closed for repairs creates a ninety minute diversion along dirt tracks that have collapsed into ditches, some of them barely passable by four-by-four or motorbike.

The village’s women gather in a semicircle in the shadow of a large tree to demonstrate their Talking Books—coloured plastic boxes with 10 buttons, all marked with basic symbols, which they hope could provide a lever to mitigate the fragility of their rural livelihoods and help them to achieve the social and economic empowerment that many women in the region lack.

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BBC News

Talking Book Trial to Help ‘Poorest of the Poor’ in Ghana | November 2014

Hundreds of handheld audio computers are to be given to some of Ghana’s poorest communities to help spread potentially life-saving information.

The Talking Books will let families play sound files as well as make their own recordings, which can be shared with others or used to give feedback.

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Kindle? Here Comes the Talking Book!

While it may not have the media hype of the One Laptop per Child project (yet), the Talking Book may indeed yield greater impact. My colleague Jordan Kanarek nailed it: ‘The thinking behind the device is compelling, and the opportunities that come with using commodity components to create a rich service are fascinating.’

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Talking Books to Help the Poorest of the Poor

To help eradicate serious illnesses like ebola and cholera by spreading health education amongst the poorest of poor, the charity Literacy Bridge in association with Unicef and mobile chip-maker ARM is going to distribute Talking Book mobile devices to deliver health education to 40,000 vulnerable people living in Ghana.

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The Independent


A soap opera is changing women’s lives in Ghana with information about family planning | August 2015

Each Wednesday morning in the village of Suke in western Ghana, a group of 25 or so women sit down to listen to the latest episode of a monthly soap opera that carries subtle information about family planning. Next comes a programme about farming techniques, followed by an interview with a health expert.

The women are not listening to the radio, but instead a device known as a Talking Book, an object about the size of an alarm clock that serves as something of a cross between an ebook reader and a Ted Talk.

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Literacy Bridge Partners with UN to Provide Talking Audiobooks for Farmers, Mothers in Ghana | November 2014

Every year in Ghana, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture celebrates Farmers Day. The idea is to honor and celebrate those that have worked hard and applied innovative methods to provide the country with more food.

Last year, a group of winners shared something in common — they all had a helping hand from a Seattle non-profit.

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Business Weekly

ARM and UNICEF Bankroll $750k Talking Tech Venture in Africa | November 2014

Cambridge UK technology star ARM Holdings has joined forces with UNICEF and humanitarian tech company Literacy Bridge for a $750,000 initiative designed to use audio technology to help save and enhance lives in Ghana.

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Former Microsoftie offers “Talking Book” Solution to Global Illiteracy

It can be difficult to make lasting gains in the ongoing effort to fight disease, improve health, boost a poor farming community’s output or sustain most humanitarian efforts if none or few in the community can read.

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