"The NICE case is interesting and it is admirable that the initiators have been open and transparent in their failure to create a successful project. Practitioners in the field need to learn from these types of cases and hopefully it will help to make their next Appropriate ICT4D project successful."
Using a $1.5 million Global Impact Award, Landesa and FrontlineSMS will partner to transform the way land titling operates in developing countries, using mobile phones to change a slow, paper-based process into a more efficient, cost-effective system that communities and local governments can use to secure land rights for the most vulnerable populations.
In resource-poor nations, the public sector often lives in an analogue world where piles of paper impede operations and policymakers are hindered by uncertainty about their own strengths and capabilities.
Nonetheless, mobile phones have quickly pervaded the lives of even the poorest: 75 per cent of the world's 5.5 billion mobile subscriptions are in emerging markets. These people are also generating digital trails of anything from their movements to mobile phone top-up patterns.
It may seem that putting this information to use would take vast analytical capacity. But using relatively simple methods, researchers can analyse existing mobile phone data, especially in poor countries, to improve decision-making.
In a recent LinkedIn post, World Bank President Jim Kim discussed the global impact of smartphones in even the most remote areas of the world today. President Kim called cheap smartphones the “poor’s new window to the world
The Guardian Charity begins on your phone: east Africans buoyed by novel way of giving The Guardian "We're totally different from other charities," enthuses Paul Niehaus, co-founder of GiveDirectly, a small, California-based non-profit that uses...
After Kenya's Red Cross utilized Twitter effectively to match victims with first responders during the Westgate mall siege, many on Twitter began to debate the potential for social media to spread information accurately and quickly in a crisis...
Mobile health (mHealth) is a solution for women – providing immediate, lifesaving services to address dire maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) challenges. This emerging field – a global movement – is reaching mothers, who need health services the most.
Mobile communication and computing technologies have much potential to contribute to human development. This is already felt in some measure in learning. There are reports of new advantages and benefits in key other sectors such as agriculture and food production and rural credit and finance. This course is about important concepts and practices in mobile technologies that are relevant to learning and education, agricultural extension and rural credit and finance.
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