Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
BRAC, the biggest NGO in the world and a key partner of Simprints in Bangladesh, is already extending multiple services to the same individual: microfinance to buy inputs, professional training for adults, education for children, healthcare for the entire family, etc. This comprehensive approach has proven very successful in tackling multidimensional poverty.
With our solution, BRAC´s beneficiaries are enrolled using four fingerprints and, once in the system, can be securely identified with a single fingerprint taken by workers from any programme. Beyond the immediate improvement in service delivery, this will enable BRAC to connect its programmes and track all the services any of its 110 million beneficiaries are receiving.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
We have just started to implement our products with BRAC in four urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. This project will reach 22,000 mothers and children in 2016. BRAC employs more than 90,000 health workers across the country and intends to expand their mobile health (mHealth) project decisively over the next two years, providing us with a potentially huge opportunity to scale.
Beyond BRAC´s healthcare programme, there is a considerable need for horizontal integration across programmes. Based on discussions we had with senior BRAC officials, the efficiency of their approach as a whole is currently limited by not being able to link beneficiaries to a single, unique ID. We have seen a strong interest in expanding our system to support BRAC in their ambitious attempt to eradicate multidimensional poverty in one of the poorest countries in the world.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Our goal is to provide accurate identification to organizations across the world which are using mobile tools in their attempt to eradicate multidimensional poverty. To achieve this scale quickly, our products need to be affordable, intuitive and of high quality: first, our scanner will cost around £40, as opposed to £250 for our closest competitor. Second, we will provide seamless integration into all major mobile data collection platforms in use across the developing world. Third, our solution has been developed, tried and tested, in the world´s harshest settings.