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Mobiles in-a-box is a collection of tools, tactics, how-to guides and case studies designed to help advocacy and activist organisations use mobile technology in their work. From choosing an audience, to privacy and security issues and also countering technological challenges, Mobiles in-a-box provides effective solutions to enable you get started with using mobiles in your advocacy efforts.


The tactics discussed in this toolkit revolve around the following scenarios which many advocates find themselves dealing with: outreach and participation, fundraising and resource mobilisation, people's media, and coordinating and mobilising.


The toolkit also explores the possibility of mixing mobile advocacy with other media like the internet where the aim is to broaden the scope for information gathering and dissemination. It provides useful tips to ensure privacy while also helping scale your mobile advocacy efforts to the resources your organisation has available. Through inspiring case studies from around the world, the toolkit shows how mobile telephony has made a difference to varied areas of activism - from election monitoring to tracking environmental destruction.


This toolkit was awarded a Manthan "E-news" award for digital inclusion in development in 2009. 


"Mobiles in-a-box is what every non techie involved in campaigns and advocacy NEEDS. It has enhanced our work on mobiles for transformation in terms of the opportunities it affords us of skipping the services of techies and it has helped us operate efficiently. We are now commencing a project on human rights mobile hub that will utilize some of the techniques stated in the toolkit."

Christiana Charles-Iyoha, Centre for Policy Development (PolDeC) Nigeria.


Mobiles in-a-box is available in English and French.


This toolkit was first published in 2008 and an updated version in July 2009. All the content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.