Using digital audio to provide accessible knowledge to marginalized populations.

Past and Current Partners

GIZ Smart Development Fund (SDF) funded by BMZ and EU, UNLOCK accelerator (Wikimedia Germany), Hatch Colab Accelerator Program (Geneva), The 48 Percent Foundation, and CorrelAid.

Active Countries
More than 21 countries
Thematic area(s)
Gender, Inclusive Growth, Crisis
Open Source
Organisation Name

The Problem

Audiopedia's target problem is illiteracy in women and girls in the Global South since by them being non-readers, they do not have access to even the simplest knowledge, especially in rural areas lacking basic infrastructure.

The Solution

Audiopedia provides accessible knowledge to marginalized populations using digital audio.

How it works?

  • Step 1: Working with NGOs or governments to identify their Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) goals.
  • Step 2: Develop a localized, customized, open digital solution that fits the needs of beneficiaries and follows the digital principles. Beneficiaries are involved in the content creation process. The digital solution can often be developed by local stakeholders.
  • Step 3: NGOs/Governments perform their digital Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) narrowcasting campaign and evaluate constantly.
  • Step 4: The localized digital solution is open-sourced and made available to the public. It can now be used as a starting point for other digital solutions.
Digital X Solution Audiopedia

Bridging the digital divide

Audiopedia provides a number of technology options for making information accessible regardless of connectivity or access to proper infrastructures.

Impact and highlights

  • 2M illiterate women and girls were sensitized about gender-based violence and menstrual health leading to several referrals to women's aid collectives (Nigeria).
  • 17,280 beneficiaries were sensitized about Leprosy and COVID leading to 31 COVID-19 cases and 18 cases of leprosy being diagnosed (India).
  • 400 illiterate women resisting COVID vaccinations in a refugee camp in Northern Uganda were provided information about the vaccination, leading to 200 vaccinations.
  • 5M people in 21 countries have had access to accurate and relevant information about COVID-19 and are empowered in order to counteract misinformation.

Plans for expansion

Audiopedia aims to cover all countries in the southern hemisphere. Currently they are focusedon sub-saharan Africa, India, and Pakistan.