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Developing an open source software platform for the business intelligence needs of nonprofits with a wide area of operations
Developing an open source software platform for the business intelligence needs of nonprofits with a wide area of operations
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The Problem

One of the biggest issues nonprofits with a wide area of operations face is how to effectively get operational data from the field to the head office with limited funds. For many, the solution has been to use paper forms. This results in tens of thousands of sheets of paper being used as well as the headache of manually processing all the collected data. Ultimately, this wasteful and inefficient practice does not provide information in a timely manner.

I am currently here in coastal Kenya working with KOMAZA, a nonprofit social enterprise that partner with farmers to create sustainable income by turning their unused land into tree farms. I have been piloting with KOMAZA various solutions to resolve these issues. My trials have revealed the following:

  • Deploying laptops is not a viable solution cause the lack of power sources in remote locations
  • While there is software like FrontlineSMS Forms to collect information, end-users struggle interacting with a digital form that is presented on a small screen
  • Cost of purchasing a smartphone is not prohibitive, the Huawei Ideos Android phone cost $86 USD
  • Once the data has been collected a database and dashboard solution still needed to be developed in order to make the data actionable
  • Software like Business Objects is beyond the means of most nonprofits

The Solution

Taking all I have learned into account, the development an open source software platform that consists of:

  • A mobile platform for both Android and iOS that will be fully customizable to meet the data collection needs of any nonprofit
  • A turnkey database and dashboard solution allowing for the immediate collection, processing and viewing of data

Can meet the data needs of nonprofits like KOMAZA. This software platform will be offered at little or no cost to a nonprofit. If you chose to fund this project your money will go to:

  • The purchase of one Android phone and one iPhone for testing
  • The iOS development fee
  • And allowing for the development and trial of the solution here in Kenya

Your support can radically improve the efficiency of many nonprofits, saving them time and money and enabling them to expand their good work in the places that need it most.

Thank You!

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