About Universal Core

To provide essential, life-enhancing information for free in low resource settings, while strengthening the capacity of development partners (MDAs, NGOs) to effectively and efficiently deliver social development content through an existing location-appropriate, scalable, mobile technology infrastructure.


With over 7 billion active mobile phone connections on the planet, a large proportion of the world’s population still lives without access to essential information.

Several resources have been launched successfully over the last few years proving that information can be delivered at scale at very low cost to the end user.

Projects such as MAMA, UReport, Facebook and Wikipedia Zero have demonstrated that complex, life-enhancing information can be structured to be accessible on low-end handsets without data capability.

Universal Core is the joined effort of content, distribution and technical partners, coming together to make essential life changing information available for free for every human being on the planet who has a cellphone.