Georgia: Mobile technology for safe communities
Along with security alerts, Elva can circulate weather forecasts, agriculture news and announcements.
"We had a stroke of bad weather a couple of weeks ago," says a farmer from Dvani, Zaal Akhalkatsi.
"But farmers in my village had enough time to get ready because I received an early notice about frosts."
Mr. Akhalkatsi is one of the most active users of Elva in his community. He finds it a handy tool for sharing information and networking. He also thinks that Elva could be useful for residents in South Ossetia, which is within 200 metres from his village.
"There are everyday issues we need to discuss, such as water and irrigation," he says. "If South Ossetians could join Elva, it would have been much easier to exchange information and find solutions."
In the villages where roads are bad and Internet access is still rare, mobile technology is an opportunity to connect with authorities and stay in touch with each other. It also helps to overcome a lingering sense of insecurity left by a violent conflict.
"I use Elva because it’s good for my village, for all of us," says community representative from Plavi, Lela Iluridze.
"It’s a hope for help, a promise that we will not be left alone."
>> Find out more about UNDP's work on crisis prevention and recovery in Georgia