Access for all


Praekelt Foundation's mission is to use open source technologies to deliver essential information and inclusive services to millions of people around the world, especially in Africa. Since 2007 we have worked with governments, NGOs and social enterprises to provide people living in poverty with inspiration, education, financial services and health information.

Praekelt Foundation was founded in early 2007 by Gustav Praekelt in response to the opportunities created by the rapid and unprecedented spread of mobile phones across Africa. Gustav, a digital entrepreneur and obsessive technologist, saw how many of the mobile technologies his consultancy developed could be used to give communities access to services and information which had previously been inaccessible.

Vumi is Praekelt Foundation’s custom-made mobile messenging platform. Since 2012, Vumi has been used to send more than 100million messages to almost 10 million people in more than 10 African countries. In the last few years, Vumi has powered election monitoring in India and Libya, stage-based health messages in South Africa and mobile surveys in Rwanda. Open source and built to scale, Vumi allows our partners to deliver and receive vital information via SMS, USSD, voice, chat and Twitter. Visit the Vumi website for more information.

Universal Core is an open source platform for the publication, management and distribution of content in a variety of languages across multiple channels. Inspired by our belief that essential information and services should be accessible for free, Universal Core currently allows UNICEF, Malaria No More, MAMA, Baby Center and The Girl Effect to distribute their content through Facebook's free-to-access initiative. Get in touch to find out more.

  • MAMA / Baby Center on MAMA / Baby Center on
  • UNICEF's Facts for Life UNICEF's Facts for Life
  • Girl Effect Mobile Girl Effect Mobile
  • Malaria No More on Malaria No More on

Our tight-knit team of smart, creative experts collaborate closely with each other and with our partners. Distributed across the globe, we are united by our common purpose. Please click on the links below to learn more about the positions we’re looking to fill.

Our partners

Our partners include foundations, advocacy groups, NGOs and social enterprises. If you’d like to find out how you can take advantage of our products, platforms and services or how to contribute to our work then please contact us using the details below.

Omidyar Network
The Girl Effect
Malaria no More

US Aid
Johnson & Johnson

Health Department
Ford Foundation
Sure P
  • Omidyar Network
  • MAMA
  • The Girl Effect
  • Malaria no More
  • US Aid
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Stellar
  • One
  • Health Department
  • Ford Foundation
  • Sure P
  • Mpowering


Tel: +27 11 482 8684
Tel: +27 11 482 4277

For new business contact Marcha Bekker
at +27 83 413 2002 or
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