Internet of Good Things

Easily build engaging websites that bridge the digital divide - no coding required.

Past and Current Partners

UNICEF and partners have established strong support for IoGT with co-investments from Lego Foundation, UNICEF's Office of Innovation Set Aside Fund for Innovation Programming, and the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A).

Active Countries
More than 35 countries
Thematic area(s)
At its core IoGT builds upon the popular open source Wagtail CMS.UNICEF deploys IoGT platforms on Microsoft Azure.
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The Problem

For programmes looking to deliver content, training and resource materials online, available quick-build solutions for websites and mobile apps are not designed with roboust features to address the digital divide. The consequence: the web has become increasingly populated by media-heavy platforms with higher tech requirements, which aren't accessible for many feature phone users and users in network- or literacy-challenged environments.

The Solution

IoGT is a web application that helps UNICEF and partners build websites quickly and easily without coding. IoGT is different from other web-building tools. It delivers websites that: -Are data-light-Offer an equally well-designed content experience for both low-end mobile devices and smart devices-Are designed with low-literacy, first time internet users in mind-Support user engagement, feedback and data collection through polls, surveys, quizzes, and user commenting with moderation-Offer an increasingly valuable set of additional features for smart device users, like offline access to contentIoGT allows programmes to focus on content, while the software does the heavy lifting to deliver an experience that bridges the digital divide.

How it works?

  • Step 1: Organization identifies an opportunity to improve or scale an activity/intervention by incorporating digital elements; evaluates IoGT as a viable solution based on sustainability principles, eg Principles for Digital Development .
  • Step 2: When the organization partners with UNICEF in this activity, it can approach UNICEF and suggest utilizing IoGT on UNICEF's servers. If the organization doesn't partner with UNICEF they can use the source code to deploy an IoGT platform on their own servers. IoGT's full source code is available on GitHub.
  • Step 2a: If the collaborating UNICEF office doesn't already have an IoGT platform, it's necessary to go through the UNICEF process for establishing the platform.
  • Step 3: Organization develops and publishes content for activity/intervention, potentially in partnership with UNICEF, through the simple interface. The organization can customize many elements of IoGT to suit their needs.
  • Step 4: Organization launches and scales the platform, delivering the activity or intervention across the digital divide.Step 5: Organization assesses success through analytics reporting, data collection from users, or other means.
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Bridging the digital divide

IoGT addresses the digital divide through connectivity, device, and accessibility considerations.Connectivity challenges are addressed by delivering a data-light website capable of running on Edge network, offering offline content access for smart device users, and through a server-side solution that enables mobile network operators to provide no-cost/zero rated access for all IoGT features. Device challenges are addressed by offering a feature-rich website capable of an equally well-designed content experience on feature phones with an HTML-only view.Accessibility challenges are addressed through screen reader support, support for nearly any language, customizable color themes for high-contrast uses, and navigation designed with first-time internet users in mind.

Impact and highlights

IoGT is used by UNICEF in collaboration with ministries in more than 35 countries, to support programme interventions of all types. More than 34 million people have accessed IoGT and more than 3,000 frontline workers have accessed professional resources, including trainings, through IoGT.

Plans for expansion

UNICEF is in the process of fully documenting the IoGT application and deployment guidance so that the open source solution can be deployed by any organization.