Vital Wave was founded in 2005 when a small group of business managers from Hewlett-Packard’s Emerging Market Solutions group saw an opportunity to provide research, advisory services, and implementation support to other technology companies. Today, the company works with corporations, development organizations, and governments to scale technology solutions for health, financial services, education, agriculture, and the environment.
Vital Wave believes technology can have a deeply positive social and economic impact in developing countries. The company provides end-to-end services to scale information and communications technology for development (ICT4D) in low-resource environments. Vital Wave draws on a full range of enterprise-grade implementation capabilities, proven methodologies, and decades of field experience in developing countries to achieve sustained growth of ICT4D solutions.
Vital Wave brings to each engagement a unique combination of emerging-market focus, technology expertise, and business rigor. Clients and partners work with Vital Wave to understand specific industries and set appropriate strategies, implement and manage programs, and institutionalize programs within a broader national and regional ecosystem.
The company has consistently focused on opportunities for impact and business growth in developing countries for a decade. This long-term focus has enabled Vital Wave to develop the tools and methodologies for large-scale ICT4D service delivery in low-resource environments. These methods are grounded in user-centered design and a systems approach. For clients, this means programs are designed and implemented with a comprehensive view of all aspects of delivery, from user needs to the program’s place in existing systems.
Vital Wave understands that no effective ICT4D initiative can scale in a vacuum. The company helps clients develop and manage complex partnerships with complementary organizations, and advocate for policies that support market growth. The advantage for funders and beneficiaries is greater reach, higher adoption, and lower costs.
Clients engage Vital Wave at all stages of a project lifecycle, from planning to measurement and evaluation. Clients and partners include all stakeholders in the ICT4D landscape, including foundations, international development organizations, technology and pharmaceutical companies, and governments.
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