We are impact partners

Harnessing technology to improve the lives of the world’s poorest

How we work

Our approach

How and why we do we what we do. These principles are built into the architecture of every project, partnership, and product we deploy.

People and privacy first

We put our beneficiaries first. Privacy, transparency, and human-centred design are the foundation of our approach.

Impact calls for collaboration

We are collaborators and co-creators. We are with you every step of the way to ensure a successful project.

Technology for challenging contexts

Technology doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Our biometric solution is optimised for the challenges of low-resource settings.

Simprints In the field

Sectors overview

Identification is a cross-cutting challenge. Our solution has been proven to work across multiple sectors.

Aid distribution

Impact organisations, development agencies, and governments lose billions of dollars to corruption and the misdistribution of aid.The World Bank (2011) found that only 41% of grain handed out for the poor through Indian food programmes reached the intended targets, and estimates put the loss of other subsidies at 20%—costing the government $10b a year. What if every claim required a fingerprint taken at the point-of-distribution? Our partners are fighting corruption and making sure aid reaches its intended targets.

Cash transfers

Financial access has penetrated nearly all corners of the developing world. However, preventing fraud in cash transfer programmes (CTPs) remains a key industry challenge. Ineligible recipients, ‘double dippers’, ‘ghosts’, and impersonators create CTP leakage, which results in intended beneficiaries not receiving their payment. Early impact results from one project show that the deployment of Simprints reduced fraud to <1%, with the potential to lead to at least $65m/year in organisational savings for our project partner.

Education

Teacher absenteeism is a huge bottleneck in delivering education, especially inpoor and marginalised communities. Research from MIT has shown that attendance monitoring can cut absenteeism over 20% and boost graduation rates by 40%. A simple fingerprint can be the difference between students learning and empty classrooms. Simprints is working with partners to improve attendance tracking for teachers and students, ensuring access to education is a reality for the communities they serve.

Immunisations

An overwhelming body of evidence shows that immunisations are one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions ever known. Yet 1.5 million children die of vaccine preventable diseases every year, accounting for 17% of deaths in children under 5 years old. Simprints is partnering with Gavi to disrupt the inaccurate way we currently track and deliver vaccines, and instead build a world where every infant and child is reached in the fight against vaccine-preventable disease.

Maternal health

99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries, the vast majority of which are preventable. The World Health Organisation recommends a minimum of eight check-ups before birth, however only 40% of all mothers are receiving these visits due to challenges in identification and accountability. Biometrics provide a powerful tool to identify patients, instantly finding the right record with the tap of a finger. Simprints is working with BRAC in the slums of Dhaka to ensure every mother and child has access to care.

Monitoring and evaluation

Mobile data collection has massively improved the speed that researchers and NGOs can gather critical data on the front lines. However, the identification bottleneck reduces quality and prevents organisations from consistently linking respondents across time. Biometrics can help bridge that gap with robust, reliable data collection in even the most far-flung communities.

Case Studies

Every use case is unique

We have partnered with nonprofits, NGOs, and government ministries to deliver services to thousands of the most vulnerable people around the world.

Scaling up to save lives at birth

Using the Simprints biometric system, Shasthya Kormis track the number of antenatal and postnatal care visits a mother receives with unprecedented accuracy and efficiency to help decrease infant and maternal mortality.
Read more →

Tackling neglected diseases

Simprints helps Cohesu, a local grassroots NGO in Kenya, track and treat neglected diseases such as tunga (infection caused by sandfleas), malaria, and diarrhea in schoolchildren and their families. Through accurate identification, Cohesu follows up with each patient to ensure complete eradication of the diseases.
Read more →

New possibilities for social protection

The Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI) works with Unicef in Nigeria to use Simprints to monitor the uptake of vital maternal health services and verify that women receive their cash disbursements, ultimately creating transparency and accountability in essential healthcare delivery.
Read more →

Increasing student retention

Simprints helps Impact Network digitally track the attendance of their students, recognising lapses in each student’s attendance faster than paper-based attendance tracking. Together, we ensure every child continues learning.
Read more →

Eliminating tuberculosis at the last mile

Using Simprints to enrol and identify participants, research assistants at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) are testing a new regimen to diagnose and treat tuberculosis (TB) in over 48,000 patients attending a local Blantyre clinic.
Read more →

Transforming universal health coverage

Watsi uses Simprints to enrol villagers in health services and identify them when they step into the clinic. These tools provide Watsi with the data needed to constantly improve delivery of healthcare and work towards the goal of universal health coverage.
Read more →

We look forward to working with you

Together we can use technology to make every person count