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Interactive multimedia education using the mobile phone

Young students are gearing up for another day of school. However, Claudia will not be able to attend school due to a flood in her neighborhood after an overnight thunderstorm. But, Claudia is determined to overcome these obstacles and continue studying to accomplish her dream, of becomming a doctor. You will see how a mobile phone can help Claudia on her journey to make her dream come true.

How Tostan is Using Mobiles: Literacy and Community Empowerment

The number of women in Tostan villages that have abandoned the practice of female genital cutting is powerful testimony of the organization's impact. The tradition is centuries old. “Since 1997, 3,792 communities in Senegal, 364 in Guinea, and 23 in Burkina Faso...

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Ubiquitous Information - Mobile Phones in the Classroom by Toni Twiss

A New Zealand Ministry of Education eFellowship report on the use of mobile phones in classrooms to foster information literacy skills. The report considers the impact ‘anytime’ access to information via access to the mobile internet will have on teaching and learning in the future.

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Question Box: Information For People The Way They Want It

Question Box is an "all-questions-answered" service that attempts to democratize the world’s information for all the world’s people. Unlike many services that target only mobile or web users, Question Box takes into account the fact that some people are illiterate...

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BridgeIT

BridgeIT, a mobile teaching tool deploying in Tanzania, is changing the way students and teachers interact in the classroom. The program, launched in 2007, allows teachers to download educational videos (focusing on math, science, and life skills) onto mobile phones.

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A New Generation of Mobile Developers: Mobile Camps in Africa

In a classroom in Thies in Senegal, two teachers master an educational game on their mobile phones. Ten minutes later, their pre-school group is using the game to recognize number and count to 10. Noumounthi, Tamsir, Khady Coly and Mamadou, computer science students at the University of Thies, designed and developed the game...

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Talk to Me: A Survey of Voice-Based Mobile Tech

The pre-cursors to mobile phones were walkie-talkies, and the first generation of mobile phone networks only supported voice communications. With second generation networks and a happy accident came SMS, and only with the third generation networks came mobile data services in the form of GPRS. Read more:

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Sexual education through mobile phones

Can you get infected with HIV by saliva? Everyday 7,400 people are being infected by HIV world wide, and 45% of these people are in the age group of 15 to 24. This is highly due to lack of information. See how young adults can get informed about sexually transmitted diseases without personally consulting an expert or spending their time to look up the information themselves. Just send a question via mobile and get the answer in only minutes!

Mobile Health: The Potential of Mobile Telephony to Bring Health Care to the Majority by R. Anta, S. El-Wahab, A. Giuffrida, IDB Innovation Note, February 2009.

Acute and emerging epidemiological and demographic challenges to healthcare systems are encouraging the public sector to welcome and support the development of increasingly innovative approaches and initiatives in healthcare.

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Ask about Sex via Text: Teenagers 'Learn About Living' in Nigeria

Can I get HIV after having sex for the first time? So goes one of the ten thousand SMS messages that teenagers in Nigeria have sent to Learning about Living. Learning About Living is a project by One World UK, Nigerian NGOs, the MTN Foundation, ...

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Prenatal Care Through SMS

In India, especially in rural areas, men are often in charge of the family mobile phone. But Subhi Quaraishi, CEO of ZMQ Software Systems, thinks that phones are a great way to reach women as well.

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"Please Call Me" Messages with HIV Info: Mobile Social Marketing in South Africa

"Please Call Me" messages are a popular cultural form of mobile communication in South African society. These USSD messages are used to advertise everything from car insurance to domestic airlines to the local corner store...

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Nutritional Surveillance with RapidSMS in Malawi

This case study was published originally by UNICEF's Innovation Group/RapidSMS. UNICEF Malawi deployed RapidSMS to address serious constraints within the national Integrated Nutrition and Food Security Surveillance (INFSS) System, which was facing slow data transmission...

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Ghana mHealth Ethnographic Study Shows Promise of Mobiles to Support Community Health

The recently released mHealth Ethnography Report is an important addition to the growing body of knowledge about the potential for community health initiatives supported by mobile technology. As we have noted before, much of the health care in rural communities...

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Disease Diagnosis with a Mobile, Redux

Newsweek recently did a story on this discovery entitled Dial "D" for Diagnosis. The story makes the connection to what we reported on earlier: the potential of mobile tech for disease diagnosis...

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Did You Say Disease Diagnosis with a Mobile Phone?

A group of researchers from University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco have built a fascinating new device, which should make disease diagnosis in the field in the developing world a lot more feasible. The new device takes advantage of the recent penetration of mobile telephones in the remotest parts of the world...

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Market prices and trading via mobile phone

Small farmers in remote rural areas suffer from lack of critical information such as product market prices, weather forecast, ways to prevent crop diseases, and other relevant data. It is 5 a.m. in a rice cultivating rural village near Lima, Peru. Farmers heard from nearby villagers that rice price is falling, but don't know by how much and which other crops they should produce to maintain their income. Luckily, they will be able to get market price information through their mobile. That's not all! They can also get tips on how to grow new crops and the weather forecast to see if these crops will grow well.

The Impact of Mobile Telephony of Developing Country Micro-Enterprise: A Nigerian Case Study

Informational challenges—absence, uncertainty, asymmetry—shape the working of markets and commerce in many developing countries. For developing country micro-enterprises, which form the bulk of all enterprises worldwide, these challenges shape the characteristics of their supply chains...

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Market prices and trading via mobile phone

Poor smallholder farmers and micro and small enterprises suffer from the lack of timely information on market prices, weather and other relevant data. These information play a crucial role in agricultural marketing.

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A review of the research on mobile used by micro and small enterprises (MSEs)

This paper offers a systematic review of 14 studies of the use of mobile telephony by micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in the developing world, detailing findings about changes to enterprises’ internal processes and external relationships, and findings about mobile use vs. traditional land line use...

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Improving Livelihoods and Incomes With Mobile Phones

Telecom TV has a short report on “Market Intelligence: How Mobiles are Helping Farmers and Fishermen.” The reports covers KACE, the Kenya Agricultural Commodity Exchange. Of course, there is also a short segment on the famous fisherman of Kerala, studied in the seminal study by Robert Jensen...

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CellBazaar: A SMS Marketplace in Bangladesh

Imagine you're in Bangladesh and you want to buy a cow. You pull your mobile phone out of your pocket and start sending text messages to 3838, the shortcode for CellBazaar, a mobile phone marketplace which some have called the "Craigslist of Bangladesh.

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Farming advice on a cell phone

At a small agrarian cooperative in Chile, farmers with little access to the internet have a new source of farming information: text messaging. The messages, a combination of national and international news and farming information about topics like weather and pricing, are part of a project called DatAgro...

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Mobile Telephony Makes a Difference in Livelihoods

Agriculture is what keeps economies in most developing countries alive. However, farmers in many countries face major challenges. In an age of global markets, they are forced to enhance production, improve the quality of their yield, and access markets within short time frames...

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Participation Made Easy with SMS: Participatory Budgeting and Mobile Tech

Tiago Peixoto, a researcher on participatory budget, sat down with us recently to discuss the use of mobile technology for citizens to participate in decision making about city budgets. This new and interesting field is showing some promise in several cities in Brazil.

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The Challenges of Mobile Advocacy

Before starting your mobile advocacy programme, it is worth spending some time thinking about and profiling your audience and how that audience uses mobile phones. For example, if your audience is sharing handsets it may not be advisable to send or receive confidential or sensitive information.

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When Radio Meets Mobile in Pakistan

In Pakistan even the cheapest mobile phones, those without cameras or other advanced features, come with the ability to listen to FM radio. Every day, and especially during cricket matches, people walk around the streets with their phones pressed to their ears, tuned into their local stations,...

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Mexicans report votes (and nonvotes) with SMS

On July 5th, Mexicans will go to the polls to elect new members of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Congress. Two Mexican initiatives, Cuidemos El Voto and Anulo Mi Voto, are using SMS in different ways to make people's voices heard in what they fear will be a less-than-democratic election.

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Mobile Activism In African Elections: A Paper and a Missed Opportunity

The proliferation of mobile phones in Africa is transforming the political and social landscape of the developing world, empowering people to source and share their own information and to have a greater say in what comes to international attention. This paper compares the use and impact of mobile technology in three recent African elections: Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Kenya.

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Woman and Mobile Phones: And who will join this standing up

Mobile phones are slowly changing the lives of women who use them and the communities in which they live. They've created a path out of poverty for many women in the developing world, as microfinance and "phone ladies" running businesses increase in numbers. Mobiles are enabling translation for victims of domestic violence in the United States, provide Ukrainian sex workers a way to safety, and protect Philippine domestic workers in the Middle East.

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Is Conflict Good for Mobile Investment? A New Study Argues It May Be

A new study from the University of Manchester argues that conflict is benefitial to mobile infrastructure investments. These investments have long thought to be dependent on 'pillars' like security and stability, finance and infrastructure, workers and labour markets, and the regulatory framework and tax. "Overarching all of these, the view is that good, stable governance forms the crucial basis for investment,"....

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Upwardly Mobile: Delivering Social Protection by Cellphone

The proposed scheme is a simple one: in place of food, cash, vouchers or agricultural inputs, beneficiaries of the scheme are given a free cellphone, and credited with a free automatic monthly top-up of air-time (in the region of $5-$10 per month). The beneficiary is given training to sell phone services, such as text messages, phone calls (both incoming and outgoing) and any other services offered by the network operator.

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How Tostan is Using Mobiles: Literacy and Community Empowerment

The number of women in Tostan villages that have abandoned the practice of female genital cutting is powerful testimony of the organization's impact. The tradition is centuries old. “Since 1997, 3,792 communities in Senegal, 364 in Guinea, and 23 in Burkina Faso...

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How Long Have U Been Using? Drug Counselling on MXit in South

MXit is a mobile social networking service hugely popular with young South Africans who flock to it by the millions. Marlon Parker is a social entrepreneur and lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where he’s doing his PhD who saw his drug-addicted brother go to jail. Put Marlon's personal experience together with the conversations happening on MXit every day, and you have DAS, Drug Advice Support.

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Cash Aid via Mobile Payment in Kenya - An Evaluation

In early 2008 violence errupted in Kenya after the most recent elections there the previous December. Post-election tribal warfare resulted in the death of 1,200 people, internally displaced 400,000 to 600,000 people, and destroyed more than 41,000 properties. The economic cost of the crisis has been estimated at more than KSh 100 billion (approx US $ 1.5 billion), with more than half a milion jobs lost. The World Bank noted that over 2 million Kenyans may have been driven into poverty as a result of the violence.

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Rapid Android: Turning an Android Phone into a Data Collection and Supply Management Server

In 2006 alone, aid organizations such as the Measles Initiative and UNICEF distributed almost 20 million bed nets to prevent Malaria submission in ten African countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria. The distribution and supply management of bed nets, and the follow-up surveys of recipients of bed nets --insecticide-treated nets that can reduce malaria transmission of as much as 90% in areas with high coverage rates--is a daunting logistical challenge.

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Mobile Phones and the Flood in Bihar, India

One India reports on how mobile phones are used after the devastating floods in Bihar, India. While relief and aid have been very slow to get to Bihar, mobiles are proving to be a life saver.

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From Favelas to Townships: Mobile Use in Low-Income

Mobile phone use is booming. There are close to 3.5 billion mobile phones in use, and mobile penetration rates are increasing quickly, especially in developing countries. This rise of mobile phone use by low-income and so-called 'base-of-the-pyramid' users raises a number of questions. Are low-income people using mobile technology in different ways than their higher-income counterparts? How can mobile phones be desiged and used in ways that are useful to these populations? Two new studies--one of favelas in Brazil and the other of a low-income township in South Africa--seek to answer these questions.

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Souktel

Souktel, an SMS service based in the Middle East and East Africa, is all about connections. The service, launched in 2006, uses SMS to connect users to everything from jobs and internships to humanitarian aid and youth leadership programs.

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MISC

Mobiles can be useful tools for collecting, planning, coordinating and recording activities of NGO staff and activists. But did you know that whenever your phone is on, your location is known to the network operator? Or that each phone and SIM card transmits a unique identifying code, which, unless you are very careful about how you acquire the phone and SIM, can be traced uniquely to you?

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Wireless Technology for Social Change: Trends in NGO Mobile Use

Mobile technology is transforming the way advocacy, development and relief organizations accomplish their institutional missions. This is nothing new to readers of MobileActive. Our recent report Wireless Technology for Social Change: Trends in NGO Mobile Use, released today by the United Nations Foundation and The Vodafone Group Foundation, brings this point home.

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Smartphones for Development

Smartphones promise that sophisticated applications, which previously would have required a PC (probably with wired Internet), can run on devices that are light, portable, and highly connected. People whose work involves a high degree of mobility - among them key development and civil society professionals like aid workers, activists, medical professionals, and journalists - are an obvious user group.

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