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Connecting for Good is about combining Vodafone's charitable giving and technology to make a difference in the world. Globally, the Vodafone Foundation supports projects that are focused on delivering public benefit through the application of technology across the areas of health, education and disaster relief.

The Vodafone Foundation invests in the communities in which Vodafone operates and is at the centre of a network of global and local social investment programmes. The Vodafone Foundation is a UK registered charity (1089625).

Latest news

Vodafone employee volunteers have travelled to Mozambique with Vodafone Foundation’s Instant Network to help re-establish communications following Cyclone Idai, a tropical storm that has caused substantial destruction and devastation.

Vodafone Foundation announces international expansion of unique app to support those affected by domestic violence and abuse. International research commissioned by Vodafone Foundation highlights impact of domestic violence and abuse on people in the workplace. Inspired by Vodafone Foundation work, Vodafone Group announces policy for employees who have experienced domestic violence and abuse.

World AIDS Day 2018 provides a timely moment to reflect on just how much change- and progress – has been made in the thirty years since the inaugural World Aids Day in 1988. The idea back then was a simple one: to raise awareness and encourage people worldwide to unite in the fight against AIDS and HIV. This was just 5 years after the virus was first identified in 1983, and a year after Princess Diana made international headlines by shaking the hand of a person living with HIV.

Vodafone Foundation adds Instant WIFI  to Instant Network Disaster Relief Kit

  • Instant Network equipment deployed on 20 missions over 7 years
  • Innovative kit helps survivors to connect to loved ones in the aftermath of disasters

The Vodafone Foundation has introduced Instant WIFI to its range of innovative emergency communications solutions. Instant WIFI is one product within the Instant Network portfolio, which has been used to deliver communications and education to more than 20 disaster situations over the last 7 years. 

Societal prejudice restricts girls’ access to mobile, global study finds

  • In many developing nations, girls’ access to and use of mobile is dramatically restricted compared to that of boys
  • Girls are sharing and borrowing phones in secret, putting them disproportionately at risk
  • The study, advised by MIT D-Lab, explores vulnerable girls’ access to mobile across 25 countries, including India, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria and Bangladesh
  • Girl Effect and Vodafone Foundation call for development and tech communities to design mobile products and services that meet the needs of vulnerable girls  

Today, non-profit Girl Effect and Vodafone Foundation publish findings of the first comprehensive global study into how adolescent girls access and use mobile technology. The research reveals that boys are 1.5 times more likely to own a phone than girls as societal prejudice and other barriers disproportionately restrict girls’ access and usage of mobile.

5th October 2018


Vodafone Instant Network team deployed to Mangkhut-hit communities

Evacuees and responders in Typhoon Mangkhut-hit Northern Luzon are now able to connect and share information with loved ones and colleagues with the help of emergency network solutions provided by Vodafone Foundation and Smart Communications Inc., a leading wireless services provider in the Philippines.

The Vodafone Instant Network team was deployed to the Philippines at the request of Smart Communications to provide emergency communications support to Batanes, Benguet and Ilocos Norte, which were severely affected by Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Typhoon Ompong. 

3rd July 2018


Vodafone Foundation Digitising Purpose at St James’s Palace

Baroness Martha Lane-Fox Founder and Executive Chair, Doteveryone and Sally Phillips, comic actress and writer, recognisable from her role in Bridget Jones and more recently for her BBC documentary “A World Without Downs” were among some of the speakers involved in the Vodafone Foundation’s “Digitising Purpose” event yesterday.

Digitising Purpose was hosted by the Vodafone Foundation on Monday 2 July at St James's Palace at the request of Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex. Guests included 125 representatives from charities and organisations that TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex chairs.

15th May 2018

The Vodafone Foundation, Vodafone’s philanthropic arm, and Hestia, London’s leading domestic abuse charity, are launching Bright Sky, a free and unique mobile app to help people affected by domestic abuse.

According to a survey by Hestia, 1 in 3 people in the UK would not know how to help a friend or family member who was a victim of domestic abuse. The findings highlight the need for Bright Sky, the first smartphone app to provide a UK-wide directory of specialist domestic abuse support services. Bright Sky enables users to locate their nearest support centre by searching their area, postcode or current location

26th February 2018

Vodafone Foundation to use aggregated anonymised mobile data to help prevent spread of epidemics in transformative ‘Big Data for Good’ programme

The Vodafone Foundation have announced a pioneering programme in Ghana to use aggregated anonymised data to help the government track and control epidemics to prevent widespread outbreaks. The programme, one of the first of its kind in the world, will use aggregated anonymised mobile data to track real-time trends in population movement. The data is then analysed to provide life-saving insights during an epidemic. The programme is a good example of how big data can be used to gather valuable insights, which the government of Ghana can apply to a number of health and other sustainable development challenges, saving and improving lives.

1st January 2018

Vodafone Foundation raise £1 million for refugees in 2017

The Vodafone Foundation’s Choose Love campaign in 2017 raised over £1,000,000 for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Help Refugees. In partnership with UNHCR, we will continue to enable young refugees to access a quality digital education through our Instant Network Schools Programme in Africa and Greece. Working with Help Refugees we want to provide food, shelter, access to information for refugees across Europe.

09 September 2017

Vodafone Foundation Instant Network team deployed to area devastated by Hurricane Irma

Vodafone Foundation Instant Network team preparing to deploy Instant Network equipment in Guadeloupe to connect rescue workers and to enable affected families to contact their relatives. Deployment of Instant Network 3G to provide connectivity, supporting the humanitarian relief programme. Instant Charge to provide free mobile charging to communities in areas with no power

14 June 2017

Vodafone Foundation to provide free primary and secondary education to five million children in Africa

The Vodafone Foundation announced today that its ongoing education programmes in sub-Saharan Africa will expand to benefit more than five million children who are marginalised and excluded from traditional education.

22 May 2017

Vodafone Foundation's pioneering 'Ambulance Taxi’ service reduces maternal mortality rate by a quarter, new research reveals

A first-of-its-kind ‘ambulance taxi’ service created by the Vodafone Foundation to save the lives of high-risk pregnant women in two Tanzanian districts the size of Belgium, reduced maternal mortality rates by 27% in its first year.


Vodafone is marking the 10th anniversary of M-Pesa on 6 March, enabling customers to send, receive and store money on a mobile phone. The Vodafone Foundation us­es M-Pesa as part of the Mobilising Maternal Health programme to distribute expenses and patient transport costs, benefiting thousands of mothers every year and delivering life-critical interventions for around 200 women and newborns a month in Northern Tanzania alone.

Vodafone Foundation ambulance taxi drivers are paid via M-Pesa to get women like Consolata to hospital in emergencies. Without ambulance taxis, women like Consolata would have no means of getting to hospital in an emergency, putting their lives and the lives of their babies at risk.

Jehinda, one of our ambulance taxi drivers in Tanzania who transports women to hospital. Drivers like Jehinda are paid via M-Pesa and have transported 2,789+ pregnant women with emergency conditions.

Innovative mobile technologies deliver community healthcare programme in Lesotho where 1 in 4 are HIV positive.

The Vodafone Foundation today announced a pioneering mobile-based HIV programme in Lesotho, where an estimated 23% of the population is HIV positive, many of whom live in extreme poverty in remote rural communities separated by mountainous terrain with minimal infrastructure. As many as 5,000 children under the age of 14 are estimated to be undiagnosed and living with HIV and their lives are therefore at immediate risk if they are not identified and put on treatment.  There are a further 7,000 children already diagnosed who require ongoing specialist HIV treatment.

The Vodafone Foundation programme combines Vodafone’s M-Pesa mobile money service - which is widely used across sub-Saharan Africa - with travelling clinics and a smartphone app designed for healthcare professionals which enables the tracking of patients in remote areas. The travelling clinics - using a fleet of 4x4 vehicles - provide on-site HIV testing in remote areas as part of a wider effort to provide basic primary healthcare. When people are identified as HIV positive, they are immediately registered with the M-Pesa mobile money service* and receive the M-Pesa funds needed to pay for transportation to a treatment centre. At the same time, their details are recorded - via mobile - on a central database so that their future treatment and care can be planned and recorded.  These details can then be recalled in real time by healthcare professionals in the field using a smartphone app produced by the Vodafone Foundation and Vodacom Lesotho.


The Vodafone Foundation Instant Network team have connected three new schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with a team from Vodacom Congo and UNHCR. The camps host more than 50,000 refugees who without the programme had limited access to a quality education and internet.  Along with refugee students, many who have fled the Central African Republic, are local Congolese children who do not have access to government schools.

The schools were entirely funded with the money raised by Vodafone employees took part in Vodafone Land’s End to John O’Groats 2015; a 969 mile bike ride across the UK.

The Vodafone Foundation supported Vodafone Italy following the 6.2 magnitude earthquake which hit central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday 24 August 2016.

The Vodafone Foundation sent two Vodafone volunteers, Davide Camponizzi and Dario Barbieri, to set up two Instant Charge facilities in the first emergency camps set up in the mountainous area in support of those affected by the quakes, and also to support the emergency services.  The first Instant Charge was set up in Amatrice, and the second in Arquata.

The Instant Charge was launched earlier this year at Mobile World Congress and allows up to 66 devices to be charged simultaneously at any one time and can be set up in under 10 minutes.


Vodafone Foundation launches ‘Instant Schools for Africa’ to bring advanced educational resources to millions of young Africans.

The Vodafone Foundation and Vodafone announced the launch of one of the largest philanthropic programmes in the Vodafone Foundation’s 25-year history.

The Instant Schools for Africa initiative will launch in early 2017, providing millions of young people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania with free access to online learning materials developed in conjunction with Learning Equality*- a leading not-for-profit provider of open-source educational technology solutions - and with education partners, ministries of education and local education experts in each country. 

By 2020, the Vodafone Foundation aims to reach up to 3 million refugees. 


160 Vodafone Employees participated in Threshold Sport’s ‘Race to the King’ event, covering 53.5 miles from Arundel to Winchester along the South Downs in June 2016. Collectively, the team covered 7,570 miles – equivalent distance of London to Cambodia- in total #TeamVodafone raised an incredible £200,000.

The money raised has been divided between three long standing partners of Vodafone Foundation: the Malala Fund, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), to ensure girls, as well as boys, who have been forcibly displaced from their homes get equal opportunities for an education, and the prospects that provides.

Pioneering new ‘ambulance taxi’ service could help save at least 2,700 lives of pregnant mothers and babies in rural Tanzania each year

  • First-of-its-kind service launched in districts in Tanzania
  • Districts Sengerema and Shinyanga are about the size of Belgium, have a population of at least one million and only 10 ambulances
  • Vodafone’s M-Pesa used to pay taxi drivers when high-risk expectant mothers, many of whom are teenagers, are brought to hospital

Many hundreds of high-risk pregnant women in an area of Tanzania around the size of Wales are not surviving pregnancy or are losing their babies as there is no means of getting them to hospital.

In response, a pioneering new toll-free emergency line has been launched by the Vodafone Foundation - alongside its NGO partners Pathfinder International and Touch Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The emergency line  - equivalent to 112 in Europe, 911 in the US and 999 in the UK - could help save around 225 women’s and babies’ lives a month, and will see a network of 100 taxi drivers responding to emergency calls, taking pregnant women on what is often a three-hour journey to reach the nearest hospital. Once women arrive at hospital, the emergency taxi drivers are paid using Vodafone’s mobile payment service M-Pesa. 

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