Presented below are links to those groups, organizations and resources relevant to SMS-based projects and programs in the development space. If you know of an organization, resource or platform that you feel should be added to our list please contact us. Thank you!

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FrontlineSMS SMS Management Platform FrontlineSMS is the first text messaging system created exclusively with this problem in mind.  By leveraging basic tools already available to most NGOs — computers and mobile phones — FrontlineSMS enables instantaneous two-way communication on a large scale. It’s easy to implement, simple to operate, and best of all, the software is free. You just pay for the messages you send in the normal way.
RapidSMS SMS Management Platform RapidSMS is a free and open-source platform for dynamic data collection, logistics coordination and communication, leveraging basic short message service (SMS) mobile phone technology.
Ushahidi Crowdsource Mapping Platform Ushahidi provides free, open source software tools for information collection, data visualization and interactive mapping. Web Resource for Development AudienceScapes is an interactive knowledge resource for the international development community. It provides unique insights on how citizens and policymakers gather, share and use information from all sources.”
Text to Change NGO using Mobile Technologies Text to Change (TTC) is based in the Netherlands and Uganda with projects through local partners across Africa and South America. Text to Change seeks to improve lives in even the most isolated areas by connecting people via mobile phone. They also collect participants’ data for analysis, which then helps them to plan more effective campaigns. Their projects are currently reaching out to hundreds of thousands of people.
Top 10 Reports on Mobile Use Links to Tribal Labs – technology development group Page links to reports and projections on mobile use compiled by MoLE (Mobile Learning Environment). MoLE is about using a global cellular network and mobile devices to deliver and share learning between U.S. and multi-national partners.
MobiHealthNews Web resource MobiHealthNews chronicles the healthcare sector’s adoption of mobile technology: A convergence of two industries that is shaping the future of how healthcare is delivered to the patient on-the-go, at home and at their place of care.” Articles and information includes SMS-based services. Non-Profit Foundation The International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) is a non-profit foundation that specialises in information and communication technologies (ICT) as a tool for development.
GSMA Mobile for Development Mobile Industry Group As stated on their web site, the GSMA Mobile for Development “brings together our mobile operator members, the wider mobile industry and the development community to drive commercial mobile services for underserved people in emerging markets.  We identify opportunities for social, economic and environmental impact and stimulate the development of scalable, life-enhancing mobile services“.
Mobile Livelihoods Research Network Mobile Livelihoods is an interdisciplinary research network that investigates the social and economic uses of mobile phones in the global South. It brings together anthropologists, other scholars and practitioners from around the world.
Grameen AppLab Grameen Research & Development Organization The Application Laboratory is an initiative of the Grameen Foundation. AppLab works to promote innovation in the provision of services and information using mobile phones and other ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) to alleviate poverty in the developing world.
160 Characters SMS & Mobile Messaging Association Provides news, events and more related to SMS and mobile messaging. Web site/Blog is the entry point of four weblogs devoted to cell phones and mobile content, focusing on text messaging and cell phone usage around the world, tracking the latest news and social impact of these new technologies.
Connect4Change Consortium of ICT Organizations Connect4Change (C4C), based in the Netherlands, is a consortium of organizations which focus on developing economic opportunities, education, health care and empowering individuals through ICT (Information and Communication Technology). Partner organizations include IICD, Cordaid, ICCO, Edukans, Akvo Foundation and Text to Change. More information on C4C partner organizations is  available here.
ICTworks Hosted by ICT Social Enterprise Inveneo ICTworks is a resource for sharing and expanding knowledge on appropriate information and communication technologies (ICT) and the implementation processes that can make them sustainable in rural and underserved communities across the developing world (ICT4D). ICTworks is hosted by Inveneo, a social enterprise that creates highly sustainable and affordable ICT infrastructure technologies designed specifically for organizations that provide vital services — education, healthcare, economic development — in rural and undeserved areas in the developing world.