The Kiwanja Foundation

Date Awarded
Grant Period
06/23/11 to 06/22/14
Focus Area
Knight News Challenge

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To help journalists use text messages to reach and engage with rural communities.

FrontlineSMS: Media will create a new platform that allows journalists to more effectively use text messaging to inform and engage rural communities. The Frontline SMS platform already enables users in underserved areas to organize interactions with large numbers of people via text messages, a laptop and a mobile phone – without the need for the Internet. This grant will enable FrontlineSMS to expand its software platform and work with community radio stations and other rural journalists.

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Project Team

Sean McDonald

Sean Martin McDonald, director of operations - Americas for FrontlineSMS, has worked with nonprofits for more than 10 years, specializing in information and communications technology and alternative dispute and conflict resolution. Previously, he worked at MetroStar Systems, International Relief & Development, United States Agency for International Development, Public International Law and Policy Group, Center for Peacebuilding International and office of Sen. Barbara Mikulski – gaining experience in international contexts, including Sri Lanka, Armenia, Ukraine, Romania and Honduras. He holds a law degree and a master’s in international peace and conflict resolution from American University. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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