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Praekelt’s mission is to use open source technologies to deliver essential information and inclusive services to millions of people around the world, especially in Africa.

Founded: 2007 by Gustav Praekelt, Robin Miller
  • Program Area

    Health & Healthcare, Education, Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development, Public Service & Civic Engagement
  • Location of Impact

    Africa, Asia
  • Headquarters Location

    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Product Platforms

    Mobile Apps, Hardware, Open Source
  • Budget

    $1,000,000 +
  • Founder Demographics

    Female builds open source, scalable mobile technologies and solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in poverty. Praekelt works with governments, NGOs and social enterprises to provide those living in poverty with inspiration, education, financial services and health information. Praekelt uses open source technologies to deliver essential information and vital services to more than 10 million people in over 40 countries.

  • Vumi is Praekelt’s custom-made, open source mobile messaging platform.
  • The Youth Engagement Platform empowers young people to improve their lives by providing them with accurate, relevant and engaging information and connecting them to services.
  • Built for scale and sustainability, MomConnect is a suite of technologies that allows governments and NGOs to improve the health and wellbeing of new and expectant mothers by creating demand for – and improving the supply of – maternal health services at a national scale.

Funders and Awards

Omidyar Network,, MAMA, The Girl Effect, Malaria no More, USAID, Johnson & Johnson, UNICEF, Stellar One, South African Ministry of Health, Ford Foundation, Sure P, Mpowering