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Design community-based "mobile" communication points that allows slum dwellers to make their voices heard, share information, map resources.

Design community-based "mobile" communication points that allows slum dwellers to make their voices heard, share information, map resources.

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Hi Chioma,

There are many activities underway, but the platform is still a prototype, and we will need design support to take the prototype to full application. Within the current design, we expect many other features to be developed,which would benefit from IDEO's involvement.  We are building the platform on open source software, so that the system is non proprietal, for now. However, the platform is the first stage in developing a larger concept  -this is where IDEO comes in -where we want to push the boundaries and see if the app can scale in Dhaka but also other urban contexts. Our experience shows that working with creative agencies on development and implementation means that the innovation is tested better, more likely to scale and is more attractive for the end user. We think this project, through Save the Children, would be an excellent choice for IDEO to partner with. 

Hi Chioma,

This is a great question - our team have put some considerable thought into ways in which Kolorob can support service providers to reach out. Besides Kolorob's online presence, the project is working with a local design studio, PARAA ( to design portable information kiosks that can be housed in local community centres in the target area. 

We also believe Kolorob is a two way communication channel where service providers will reach out to the community, and the community will reach out to the service providers. We expect that (in future), the service providers will encourage the smartphone users to seek information about their services and communicate by using KOLOROB app. The users, who don’t have smartphones or access to internet, can be encouraged to seek information using information KIOSK and seek help from friends/neighbours who have smartphones with KOLOROB App installed. This is how the essential service providers can reach out to community with or without connectivity.

Hi Shane! Thanks for you comments and interest in our idea! We think this idea has real potential to scale not only in Dhaka, but also in other high density slums in other cities in the global south. We are, indeed, working on this project with partners in Dhaka. Our implementing partner is Save the Children Bangladesh, who lead project design with local communities in two slum areas of Dhaka. We also have research partners from the University of Dhaka, BUET Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and the University of Western Sydney, who also provide technical support in developing the application. Because we are in the pilot phase, we plan to have an application ready to trial by the end of this year. But with additional support and resources we believe we can move the project into rapid testing, transitioning and scaling.

If you're interested in keeping up to date with the project you can follow us @

I've also added a flyer about the project in this post (English and Bangla versions)