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Friday, December 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Banking is Not Taking Off as Expected, Banker Warns

Source: BD Live

Mobile phones have been touted as the solution to banking for the poor in Africa, given that phone penetration is so high. However, some bankers warn it is not that simple.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Q&A: Creating a Mobile Health Platform That “Just Works” for All

Source: PSI Impact

When something “just works”, there’s usually a mini-universe of people, technology and ideas behind it that the rest of us take for granted. Take bar codes for example; they’re ubiquitous, and serve multiple uses for every stage of a product’s manufacture and eventual sale. The tale behind them is an astounding story of vision, foresight, technological progress and, perhaps most importantly, the appropriate wrangling of partners that started with grocers and eventually cut across every industry.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 — South Asia

Canadian Funding Supports Creation of Mobile Blood Lab in India

Source: Toronto Star

Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the federal government, is providing $1 million toward the development of a smartphone device that will test for diabetes and other conditions.
Monday, December 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Phone Charging Made Simple

Source: allAfrica

Rwanda's Henri Nyakarundi founded African Renewable Energy Distributor (ARED) to give renewable energy solutions to the public and private sectors in his home country Rwanda after failing to find a place to charge his phone from. However, he never imagined that his idea would ever cross the border.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Trends in Mobile and Cloud Technology: Redefining Medicine Around the World

Source: Devex

Around the world, shifting demographics are putting more pressure on health systems that are struggling to catch up to changing expectations.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Are Smartphones the Right Gift for West Africa’s Ebola Fight?

Source: Politico

Smartphones may not be the smartest solution to fighting Ebola in West Africa. Technology giants including Google, Amazon and Ericsson, and techie charities such as the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation have donated thousands of smartphones for use across the region, where better communication is key to stopping the epidemic.
Monday, November 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Intel unveils new chip for mobility healthcare delivery

Source: Business Standard

World's largest chip maker Intel Corporation has unveiled a new sensing platform for enabling mobile-based healthcare delivery to masses.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile technology reduces maternal mortality

Source: All Ghana News

Abdul-Rashid Imoro, Project Officer of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) of Savana Signatures, a Tamale NGO, has said some health facilities in the Northern Region had recorded zero maternal mortality due to mobile phone technology the NGO had introduced in the area
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Airtel joins GSMA's mobile health programme

Source: The Times of India

Bharti Airtel today said it has joined GSMA's mobile health partnership programme which aims to provide a range of services to women and children across 11 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Monday, October 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Booting Up: Tech effort could help fight spread of Ebola

Source: Boston Herald

Despite the prevalence of crowd-sourced data and geolocation technology, global health leaders are missing the opportunity to use mobile technology in the fight against Ebola.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Ghana: "Let the Telco war begin"

Source: Ghana Web

The next few months could be very interesting for the sector and for consumers, especially as the resurgent Tigo is expected to release a game changer before Christmas and the other players seek to consolidate and increase their hold in the market.
Monday, October 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Making a smartphone for just $25

Source: Marketplace

Here’s a market you’ll be likely to hear more of in tech: “The Next Billion.” It's shorthand for the next billion people that will become online consumers, and that makes them the target of tech giants like Google, Facebook and Samsung. The next billion live in emerging economies like China, India, Brazil and Africa. Jenna Burrell, a professor at UC Berkeley’sSchool of Information, has been studying one of these markets, namely Ghana, since the early 2000s. She says even back then, it was clear that people who wanted to get online weren’t going to use desktops.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile technology offers option to combat fake drugs in West Africa

Source: PCWorld

Cholera, malaria and the rapidly expanding threat of Ebola have hit African countries with a related health-care problem: the scourge of fake drugs.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile technology supports frontline health workers

Source: SciDev.Net

South Africa’s standard paper-based health system is inefficient and ineffective. Through Mobenzi, workers can organise patient data centrally and swiftly. It allows illness identification and treatment, referrals, and patient interaction.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Money: The Battle for Africa

Source: The Wall Street Journal

As enthusiasm for mobile-phone-based payments grows in Africa, operators are rushing to get a piece of potentially lucrative and ever-expanding markets and to challenge more popular and established mobile-payment services, such as Kenya’s M-Pesa.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Chemical test device diagnoses without internet

Source: SciDev.Net

A handheld device that performs a range of chemical tests and transmits the results for remote analysis through a standard mobile phone call could be commercially available within 12 months.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — South Asia

Indians are about to outnumber Americans on the internet

Source: Quartz

There will be more Indians on the internet by the end of this year than there are Americans, according to Rajan Anandan. He should know; Anandan heads up Google in India.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Radio Station Reaches Remote Areas Through Cell Phones

Source: PSFK

Unilever in India launches a marketing initiative that provides entertainment and ads in areas unreachable by other media.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Cellphones Can Change Global Health for the Better

Source: US News

For two days this month, the United Nations Headquarters in New York hosted the invite-only Cavendish Global Impact Forum. Among the panel discussions was how to identify innovations with the potential for transformational impact on disease outcomes and ensure their successful integration into medical practice.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Inside the Technology That Can Turn Your Smartphone into a Personal Doctor

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

The fantastic tricorder device that “Bones” used to scan aliens on “Star Trek” is nearly at hand—in your cellphone.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mobile payments will exceed half a trillion dollars worldwide

Source: Aba Banking Journal

The value of global payments via mobile devices will reach around $507 billion this year, a rise of nearly 40% year-on-year, according to Juniper Research.
Friday, April 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Converting Small Change Into Savings

Source: Fast Co.Exist

Mobile phones have been a blessing for the unbanked. Services like M-Pesa, which started in Kenya, have allowed millions of people to transfer and save money securely for the first time, and inspired dozens of copy-cat businesses around the world.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Medtronic and partners are using mobile tech to screen thousands in India for ear infections

Source: MedCity News

In collaboration with a mobile health startup, a design firm and local health clinics, Medtronic is orchestrating a program aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of ear infections and hearing loss in India, meanwhile supporting its ENT business there.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bottom Of The Pyramid Overspending On Mobile Services in Africa

Source: AFK Insider

Expert at a World Consumer Rights Day event in Nairobi said on Friday poor African’s are spending too much on mobile phone services to the extent of foregoing basic needs, ITWeb Africa reported.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Secrets to a Successful mHealth Campaign

Source: SciDev.Net

At the Mobile World Congress last week (25 February) I listened to Arjen Swank, business development manager of Text To Change (TTC), discuss the best way to implement a successful mobile health programme in Africa.
Friday, February 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WhatsApp gives Facebook a lock on the planet’s next billion mobile internet users

Source: Quartz

WhatsApp is “the de facto standard for messaging” in Africa, offering ”an awesome messaging experience to the middle billion, those living on $10 a day” or less, as TextIt, a Rwanda-based tech company, explains in this blog post. It does that through its Java 2 Mobile Edition (J2ME) version, designed to work on regular (non-smart) phones. Though that’s scarcely been mentioned in the acquisition hullabaloo, it’s huge considering how limited smartphone penetration is in Africa.
Monday, February 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

An African messaging app could beat out WhatsApp, Line and WeChat in India

Source: Quartz

This is what 21st century globalization looks like: Mxit, an African company has just announced its intention to enter the Indian market, taking on established players from the US and newer contenders from China and Japan. Mxit makes a popular mobile messaging app and claims 7.4 million monthly active users, with just under a million of those outside South Africa.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

mHealth Alliance to move head office to South Africa

Source: Sci Dev Net

The move is to scale up mHealth projects at country levels in the global South.
Monday, January 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Most health and fitness mobile apps useless in Africa – HIFA2015

Source: HumanIPO

A large number of the mobile health and fitness apps used in Africa are useless in such low-resource settings, in spite of their rising popularity, according to Health Information For All by 2015 (HIFA2015).
Saturday, January 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mahiri Mobile Delivering Lifesaving Healthcare in Rural Ghana

Source: mHealth News

Doctors at hospitals in Tamale and Nsawam, Ghana, are delivering new levels of lifesaving healthcare to remote areas of the country without traveling to see patients in person. Mahiri Mobile Services of Accra has outfitted nurses in rural villages in with wireless tablets that deliver high quality, live medical-grade video(TM) back to the doctors in Tamale and Nsawam for medical advice.
Friday, January 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Government partnerships essential to scale mhealth projects

Source: Devex

Want to scale your mHealth solution? Mobile health implementers say the key is to engage with the government early and often so that they will eventually take over the project and bring it to scale.
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Open source can help the developing world, but it's not without challenges

Source: Engadget

Many see open source technology as an ideological tool -- a way to promote freedom in a world of closed, proprietary systems.
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Apollo inks MoU with CSC to offer healthcare via telemedicine

Source: SmartInvestor

Apollo Hospitals Group today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Common Services Centers (CSC) Scheme of the government to deliver healthcare using telemedicine platform to patients in rural areas.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 — South Asia

Patient Data Company Commits to the Business Call to Action While Expanding Low-cost Mobile Health Services in India

Source: Business Call To Action

Company links health security with better medical outcomes
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobilium Smart Health app launched

Source: BizCommunity.com

Samsung and Mobilium Global have joined forces to distribute the Mobilium Smart Health app - a "Made For Africa" mobile health and wellness, smart device application.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

HealthMobile, Nigeria’s first global healthcare app, launched

Source: HumanIPO

HealthMobile, Nigeria’s first global healthcare app, has been launched and aims to combine native medical information with user-generated content. HealthMobile is the second mobile app to come out of the HealthBook Project.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

Cigna and Samsung Team Up to Deliver Digital Health Improvement Platform Worldwide

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The initial development is focused on delivering health-related tips and articles through the Samsung S Health Application, with an ultimate goal of connecting individuals with caregivers, doctors and hospitals to improve health and wellness globally.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — Asia Pacific

AIDS mobile app to be launched

Source: The Jakarta Post

The Indonesia AIDS Coalition (IAC), an NGO with members from AIDS-affected communities, will launch a mobile application on HIV/AIDS information and services.
Monday, October 14, 2013 — South Asia

Fighting tuberculosis: Can Nikshay save 300,000 lives per year?

Source: Live Mint

Can digital intervention and adoption of information communication technology (ICT) tools save 300,000 TB patients from dying every year? Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said recently that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has in its two terms in office taken initiatives to revamp two key sectors—health and education. Although public health is a state subject, the central government has made significant investments in developing health infrastructure and services delivery through the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Under NRHM alone, more than Rs.96,000 crore has been provided for revamping rural healthcare.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 — No Region Specified

Malaria — the first disease beaten by mobile?

Source: Devex

The fight against malaria, one of the world’s most killer diseases, urgently needs an injection of mobile technology. “Malaria threatens half the globe. By some accounts it has killed more people than any other cause in human history,” Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More, told Devex at the Social Good Summit in New York. The organization — founded by U.N. special envoy for the disease Ray Chambers — has just launched its new “Power of One” campaign, which links mobile phones around the world with a tracking program for malaria testing and treatment supplies, so individuals can track the impact of their charitable donations.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New service uses mobile phones to reduce maternal mortality

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

For many rural expectant and new mothers, health care providers may be far away, but new technology is bringing them close through the mobile phone, now almost ubiquitous even in the poorest corners of the world.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

E-Bay to buy Braintree to boost PayPal's mobile presence

Source: Reuters

EBay Inc. will buy payments service Braintree Payments Solutions LLC for $800 million in cash, making a big bet to secure the pole position in the race to get consumers to pay for goods and services on smartphones.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 — Latin America

Healthy Connections: Technology Promoting Family Health

Source: The Herald

During the Healthier Futures plenary at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Chelsea Clinton was joined onstage by Pro Mujer's President and Chief Executive Officer, Rosario Perez; Mayo Clinic's President and CEO, John Noseworthy, M.D.; the President of Pfizer Latin America, Adele Gulfo; Sesame Workshop President and CEO, H. Melvin Ming, along withSesame Street Muppet, Rosita, to announce a unique CGI Commitment to Action that will promote healthy behavior and disease prevention among poor women and children in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico and Argentina. The commitment will use a new technology platform integrating mobile, web, and video technology along with remote training and access to specialists.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malaria Will Be The First Disease Beaten By Mobile

Source: UN Dispatch

"Malaria will be the first disease beaten by mobile.” That’s what Martin Edlund, the CEO of Malaria No More, told the buzzing crowd during his Social Good Summit talk earlier today. Edlund and his organization view the mobile phone as a game-changer in the fight against malaria, a disease that killed 660,000 people last year – primarily women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Edlund explained that malaria “thrives on bad information” and lack of data. And mobile phones are helping connect the dots between all the other malaria-fighting tools.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda streamlines healthcare with mobile technology

Source: ENCA

Uganda has received the African Development Bank's prestigious eHealth award for its M-Trac health management system, which has successfully changed the face of health service delivery in the country. At Uganda’s many remote health centres, putting pen to paper was the only way to alert health officials to problems such as drug shortages or outbreaks of malaria.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom Cautions Kenya Over Higher Taxes

Source: Ventures Africa

Kenyan mobile operator, Safaricom, has warned the government that further increases in Excise Tax – a duty levied on goods or services for sale – will make mobile payment services less affordable for poorer citizens.
Friday, September 13, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Cell Phones Are Transforming Health Care in Africa

Source: MIT Technology Review

In a little over a decade, Africa has gone from a region with virtually no fixed-line telecoms infrastructure to a continent where one in six of the billion inhabitants now owns a cell phone. But as this mass adoption of technology continues to gather momentum, it is causing a fundamental shift that goes beyond merely connecting people; it is creating one of the largest, low-cost distributed sensor networks we’ve ever seen, one which has the potential to completely transform global health care.
Friday, September 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why New iPhone Isn't Really for Developing World

Source: National Geographic

When news of this release first bubbled up, many people—from investors and analysts to customers and app developers—excitedly predicted that Apple could finally bring its high-quality devices to customers all over the world. It looked like good business for Apple and good news for millions, if not billions, of people.
Thursday, September 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Promise of eHealth in the African Region

Source: African Press Organization

Most African patients making repeat visits to a hospital or to their doctor are likely to have had at least one similar experience: they routinely see their doctor or other hospital staff digging through stacks of ancient manila files in search of handwritten notes of their medical records. The patients will even be lucky if their files are found with complete information. Must this decades-old practice continue in this information age? “No”, says Dr Derege Kebede, head of the African Health Observatory (AHO) and Knowledge Management Unit at the WHO Regional Office for Africa Office (WHO/AFRO) in Brazzaville, Congo. “A solution already exists: electronic health or eHealth – countries and people in our region should embrace, promote and intensify the use of eHealth.”
Thursday, September 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Eye-phone set to revolutionise African optical care

Source: eNews Channel Africa

An impressive new mobile phone app is being tested in Kenya. It acts as a mobile visual clinic, and is set to revolutionise eye care in Africa. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly 300 million people are blind or seriously visually impaired. But a team of doctors from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine armed with an innovative, low cost, smartphone solution, have set out to make an impact on this community.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: Are Bitcoins the Future of Mobile Money?

Source: Think Africa Press

The use of the virtual currency Bitcoins could change the way money flows in Kenya. But it hasn't caught on just yet.
Thursday, August 29, 2013 — South Asia

Grameenphone secures $345m to widen rural network

Source: The Daily Star

Grameenphone is set to receive $345 million funds from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, to expand its coverage in rural areas.
Thursday, August 29, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can NGOs and pharmaceutical firms partner to solve global health issues?

Source: The Guardian

A few weeks ago, in a remote Rwandan village, I met a nurse who had set up her own clinic to serve the local residents. From a single, brightly decorated room, she was prescribing medicines and administering basic care that patients might otherwise have to walk 15 miles or more to reach.
Monday, July 22, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania's Controversial Mobile Phone Tax Could Grow Revenues, At The Expense Of The Poor

Source: International Business Times

A controversial new tax policy in the East African country of Tanzania could have an outsized effect on its low-income citizens -- the very people the tax revenues are intended to benefit.
Monday, July 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Eye on Emerging Markets, Firm Invests in Start-Up

Source: The New York Times

As the world awaited the next pope in March, Peter Bale, the vice president and general manager for digital at CNN International in London, wanted to know how Africans would react if the pope were from their continent. Instead of commissioning telephone pollsters or gleaning insights from social media, Mr. Bale used a mobile platform called Jana, which rewards users with free airtime if they take a survey.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Timeline: Smartphone-enabled health devices

Source: MobiHealth News

Mobile health has come a long way since the start of 2009 when Apple demonstrated on-stage at its World Wide Developer Conference how blood pressure monitors and blood glucose meters could connect to the iPhone 3G via cables or Bluetooth. MobiHealth News has tracked smartphone-enabled health and fitness devices over the course of the past five years.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Preventing Drug Shortages With Cell Phones in Malawi

Source: PBS Newshour

Eighty percent of the 13 million Malawians live in rural areas, making delivering health services challenging, especially in remote parts with no roads.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 — South Asia

Market for feature phone apps is low-tech goldmine

Source: BBC News

The next time you are standing at a bus stop, cursing the late-running service, spare a thought for Milind Dahikar.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet The Entrepreneur Working To Challenge Nokia, Blackberry And Samsung In Africa

Source: Forbes

Alpesh Patel, a Ugandan-born entrepreneur, served as director of sales in Africa for Motorola before quitting the American telecommunications giant to launch Mi-Fone, an African mobile phone brand.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Beyond Profit: A Talk With Muhammad Yunus

Source: The New York Times

Today, in a ceremony at the United States Capitol, Congressional leaders will present the founder of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his “efforts to combat global poverty.”
Thursday, April 11, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

mHealth ‘could save a million African lives by 2017

Source: AfrOnline

Mobile health (mHealth) applications such as text messages could save more than a million lives in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, according to a report.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New apps transforming remote parts of Africa

Source: Associated Press

For generations, breeding cows in the rural highlands of Kenya has hinged on knowledge and experience passed down from parents to children. But Mercy Wanjiku is unlike most farmers. Her most powerful tool is her cell phone, and a text messaging service called iCow.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Benefits of Mobile Health, on Hold

Source: The New York Times

The world now has 5 billion mobile phones – one for every person over 15.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 — Europe & Eurasia

Building A Cell Phone That Doesn’t Kill People

Source: Co.Exist

Bas van Abel leads an innovative electronics company. But, unlike Apple or Samsung, he’s not particularly interested in the latest voice activation or finger-swiping technology.
Friday, March 8, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Shell-Backed Solar Company Bets on Phone Banking for Africa

Source: Bloomberg

M-KOPA Kenya Ltd., backed by a Royal Dutch Shell Plc-funded charity, sees sales of its solar-lighting system that allows users to pay by phone surging 13-fold as mobile operators roll out banking services in Africa.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

Making mobiles for the masses

Source: BBC

Fancy freshly brewed coffee in the morning, but don’t like the inconvenience of getting out of bed? Then you might want to get your hands on the wi-fi enabled coffee maker from chip-maker Qualcomm, which allows you to drip start your brew from your phone or tablet.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyans Prioritizing Mobile Phone Over Food, Transport

Source: Voice of America

NAIROBI — A recent study commissioned by the World Bank suggests that increasing numbers of Kenyans in the poorest socioeconomic group are foregoing food and transport or opting for cheaper alternatives, to buy credit to use mobile phones. Mobile phones were once considered luxury goods in Kenya. But with decreasing prices, people of all socioeconomic levels have come to rely upon them for both personal and professional needs.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Mobile health: donors should follow, not lead

Source: The Guardian

No more preempting local demand with substandard products, the mHealth sector needs donors willing to learn from local actors and invest in sustainable business models.
Thursday, December 27, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

VMK launch 'first African-designed' smartphone and tablet

Source: BBC

A smartphone and tablet said to be the first designed by an African company have beenlaunched.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 — South Asia

PM says rural-urban divide in telecom growth must be bridged for socially inclusive growth

Source: NetIndian

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the full potential of telecommunication in enabling higher growth would not be realised until the use of telephones spread much wider in the rural economy of India as well.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Technology a pathway out of poverty

Source: Tech Central

It will take a century for a poor household to tweet its way out of poverty. That’s a very long time for anyone wondering where their next meal is coming from. But it’s a significant new finding because it proves once and for all that social media and access to information and communication technology (ICT) is a pathway out of poverty.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Social entrepreneur connects African women to global e-commerce

Source: How We Made It in Africa

Ella Peinovich is a MIT graduate and one of the three founders of Kenyan-based SasaAfrica, a women owned and operated social enterprise, which offers an innovative e-commerce platform for female artisans, vendors and entrepreneurs in Africa to create sustainable micro-enterprises using mobile phones.
Monday, August 27, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Innovation in Africa: Upwardly mobile

Source: The Economist

VISITORS to Kenya’s capital are often horrified by the homicidal minibuses called matatu. They swerve around potholes, seldom signal and use their iffy brakes only at the last second. They are therefore an ideal subject for a video game, which is why Planet Rackus, a Nairobi start-up, released “Ma3Racer” last year. Each player uses his mobile phone to steer a matatu down the street. The (unrealistic) goal is to avoid pedestrians. Within a month, a quarter of a million people in 169 countries had downloaded the game.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 — No Region Specified

With $2M from Eric Schmidt, biNu brings smartphone apps to dumb phones

Source: GigaOM

Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures is leading a $2 million Series A round in biNu, an Australian startup that enables feature phones to run cloud-based smartphone apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and Google. BiNu highlights the opportunity in developing markets where smartphone penetration is low.
Monday, July 30, 2012 — Latin America

DBJ pilots mobile solution to microfinancing

Source: The Jamaica Gleaner

In a bid to reduce loan costs for small-scale commercial borrowers, the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) is piloting a mobile money product that was given the green light by the Bank of Jamaica mid-year.
Monday, July 9, 2012 — South Asia

Are mobile phones better than aid?

Source: World and Media

Helping people to use technology can combat poverty more effectively than centralised aid programmes according to a leading development entrepreneur.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 — No Region Specified

One billion smartphones by 2014. Bottom-of-the-pyramid market never looked better

Source: Anthill Online

It’s been a while since bottom of the pyramid — famously enunciated by the late management guru C.K. Prahlad — has been perceived to be an attractive market.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 — No Region Specified

How The Future of Mobile Lies in the Developing World

Source: Tech Crunch

In less than three decades, the mobile phone has gone from being a status symbol to being a ubiquitous technology that facilitates almost every interaction in our daily lives. One month after the world’s population topped 7 billion in October 2011, the GSM Association announced that mobile SIM cards had reached 6 billion. A 2009 study in India illustrated that every 10 percent increase in mobile penetration leads to a 1.2 percent increase in GDP.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 — Latin America

A Middle Man Could Bring Smartphones to Millions of Mexicans for the First Time

Source: GOOD

After two years of intentionally losing money in a very smart way, a Mexican cell phone company is set to change the way the country’s consumers use mobile phones to access the internet. If their plan works, it could transform not only the Mexican phone industry, but consumer finance systems in developing countries around the globe.
Friday, May 18, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Owning a mobile phone does not move you to the middle class

Source: New Vision

James Ogule, who lives in Namugongo, a Kampala surburb, thinks the vendors selling matooke (plantains) by the road to his house should not be considered middle class. The vendors spend more than $2 (sh5,200) a day and Ogule who works with a government regulatory body thinks equating a middle class to sh5,200 a day is a pity.
Monday, March 26, 2012 — No Region Specified

How the Developing World is Using Cellphone Technology to Change Lives

Source: thestar.com

In Nigeria, a young girl can ask questions about sex discretely through SMS and get accurate information. After the earthquake in Haiti, survivors in remote towns could receive money for food straight to their cellphone. In Senegal, election monitors sent updates on polling stations through their mobile phones, revising an online map in real time with details about late openings or worse. Projects like Learning about Living in Nigeria, MercyCorps in Haiti and Senevote2012 in Senegal are just a few examples of how the rapid spread of mobile technology has changed life in the global south.
Thursday, March 8, 2012 — No Region Specified

How Mobile Technology Can Help BoP Women Get Ahead

Source: Cable360.net

“Portraits: A Glimpse into the Lives of Women at the Base of the Pyramid,” a report released at last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, is the first to survey the wants, needs, aspirations and mobile uses of women living at the base of the pyramid (BoP), defined as those living on less than $2 a day, according to the GSM Association.
Friday, February 24, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: Total's Solar Kits Target Poor Households

Source: allAfrica

Total Kenya is banking on portable solar kits for lighting and charging of mobile phones to break into the Kenyan renewable energy market.
Friday, February 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Phones Will Not Save the Poorest of the Poor

Source: Slate

Entrepreneurs, businesses, NGOs, and governments exalt mobile technology as a game-changing tool to fight global poverty. But what if our eagerness to connect the world is inadvertently exacerbating the global economic divide? The cost of cellphone-based services is hurting huge swaths of the developing world.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 — No Region Specified

Are Mobile Solutions Overhyped?

Source: CNN

Are mobiles just another high-tech solution to what are essentially systemic and deeply rooted problems? Are mobile solutions for combating global poverty overhyped?
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