Recognizing the potential of technology to drive global change, the United Nations Foundation and The Vodafone Foundation partnered in 2005 to form the Technology Partnership, a five-year, $30 million commitment in support of UN causes. The UN Foundation-Vodafone Group Foundation Partnership is the leading public-private alliance using strategic technology programs to strengthen the United Nation’s humanitarian efforts worldwide. The Partnership has three core commitments: (1) to develop rapid response telecoms teams to aid disaster relief; (2) to develop health data systems that improve access to health data thereby helping to combat disease; and (3) to promote research and innovative initiatives using technology as an agent and tool for international development.
Three UN causes were supported in the first year of this partnership – The Measles Initiative, which aims to vaccinate 200 million children in sub-Saharan Africa against measles, The World Heritage program of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which seeks to protect the world’s most valued places such as the Galapagos Islands and Mount Kenya National Park in Africa, and the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Vodafone also hopes to encourage its 60,000 employees and 133 million customers to become personally involved in awareness programs and fund-raising efforts over the five-year program.