U-report is a free SMS-based tool for community participation, designed to address issues that Ghanaians care about. SMS polls and alerts are sent out to U-reporters and real-time response information is collected. Results and ideas are shared back with the community and government. Some issues polled include teenage pregnancy, sexual reproductive rights, open defecation, education, youth unemployment, HIV/AIDS, disease outbreaks, child marriage, violence towards children, cyber bullying, child online protection etc.
Registration is free to all users
across the following networks: MTN and Vodafone.
U-Report relies on you as a U-Reporter to provide information on issues in your communities. It allows you to speak-out on what is happening in your communities, provides a platform that is available 24/7 to amplify your voices through local and national media and sends that information to relevant government departments for their action, planning and information. It is an opportunity to access relevant information that enables you to work for change and improvements in your community.
U-Report is a UNICEF Innovation. Ghana is the 47th country to join launch and use U-Report.
Individual messages shared by U-Reporters are confidential but results from polls are open for all to access. Information received can be disaggregated by age, gender, location and is used to connect people from various backgrounds with their representatives, improve UNICEF programmes and draw attention to urgent issues with the government. NGOs, Civil Society Organizations and leaders can access information from the site and understand what young people are concerned about and what they need.
Registration is voluntary and U-Reporters incur no costs. As U-Reporters provide information on issues in their communities, they also receive important information and alerts on international issues.