Although being primarily framed for USAID staff, the tips and information presented in this handbook are relevant to all individuals seeking to integrate mobile solutions into their development work.
As said in the foreword by Andrew Sisson, Acting Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab, this handbook is a “practical and actionable guide to help [readers] consider the challenges that can impede the realization of a more sustainable and equitable future powered by mobile technology and other digital solutions, and to think critically about when and how to deploy mobile solutions.”
The handbook is divided into two sections. The first section is entitled Understand, and is meant to be an in-depth guide on mobiles. If you are new to mobiles, pay special attention to the Understand components.
The second section is entitled Implement. It provides practical tips and information related to integrating mobiles into a project in practice. The components in the Implement section mirror the different phases associated with USAID programming, but this piece may still be helpful to organizations not associated with USAID.
If you have some experience and are already thinking about how to integrate mobiles into a project, focus on the Implement components – especially the six-step process in Component 3.
Call-out boxes and tips allow readers to quickly scan and rapidly identify specific issues of interest. Worksheets and other relevant resources are included in the Resources section towards the end of the handbook; many are editable forms that can be directly typed into.
For more information on how to best use this handbook, see the Introduction at the beginning of the document.