Phone Charging Micro-Businesses in Tanzania and Uganda

Author: 
Simon Collings

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publication Date: 
Sep 2011

Publisher/Journal: 
GVEP International

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

Mobile network operators in Africa identify rural customer’s problems with charging phones as a major challenge in expanding their businesses. Recent studies suggest that the need to recharge phones is a significant driver of demand for rural electrification services.

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January 6, 2012

Scaling Up Mobile Health: Elements Necessary for the Successful Scale Up of mHealth in Developing Countries

Author: 
Jeannine Lemaire

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publication Date: 
Dec 2011

Publisher/Journal: 
Advanced Development for Africa

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

Despite the strong promise demonstrated by mHealth tools and applications, the current landscape of mHealth development in developing country contexts is characterized by a proliferation of unsustainable pilot projects that often expire once initial funding is exhausted. For example, in Uganda alone there were 23 mHealth initiatives in 2008 and 2009 that did not scale up after the pilot phase. In India, there were over 30 mHealth initiatives in 2009 that did not go beyond the pilot phase.

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January 5, 2012

Design and Usability Testing of an mHealth Application for Midwives in Rural Ghana

Author: 
Vélez, Olivia

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publication Date: 
Jan 2011

Publisher/Journal: 
Columbia University

Abstract: 

Midwives in Ghana provide the majority of rural primary and maternal healthcare services, but have limited access to data for decision making and knowledge work. Few mobile health (mHealth) applications have been designed for midwives. The study’s purpose was to design and test an mHealth application (mClinic) that can improve data access and reduce the reporting burden for midwives at the Millennium Villages Project site in Ghana.

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December 22, 2011

A Participatory Designed M-Agriculture Solution for Rural Livelihood Promotion


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Author: 
Dr.Rizvi, S.M. Haider, Dr. Andy Dearden

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publication Date: 
Oct 2010

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

 The paper is based on the findings and experiences of the Rural e-Services Project in India (ReSPI) which resulted in designing of Knowledge Help Extension Technology Initiative (KHETI).

ReSPI was an action research project to bridge the socio-economic divide digitally. The project has demonstrated that a right approach with appropriate mix of methodologies and social context could lead the designing of  Information Communication Technology (ICT) solutions.

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December 20, 2011

Beyond ICT4D: New Media Research in Uganda

Author: 
Balunywa , Ali, Guido van Diepen, Wouter Dijkstra, Kai Henriquez, Ben White

ISSN/ISBN Number: 
9789081

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publication Date: 
Jan 2011

Publisher/Journal: 
Institute of Network Cultures

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

 This paper is a collection of five ethnographic reports examining the role of ICT in Uganda. The first is not particulalrly mobile focused and looks at how those who have access to internet in Uganda use it. The second report is about the ways ICT is changing print media. The third report focuses on the the opportunities ICT present for civil society and non-governmental groups. The next report outlines the way the ICT sector in Uganda was developed. The last report examines ways that ICT may be used in government accountability.

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Citation: 
Balunywa , Ali, Guido van Diepen, Wouter Dijkstra, Kai Henriquez, Ben White. "Beyond ICT4D: New Media Research in Uganda." Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam. 2011.

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December 20, 2011

African Mobile Observatory 2011: Driving Economic and Social Development through Mobile Services


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Author: 
Page, Mark, Larurent Viviez, and Maria Molina

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publication Date: 
Jan 2011

Publisher/Journal: 
GSMA

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

The Mobile Observatory series includes reports on the large and mature European market, the extensive and dynamically evolving market of the Asia-Pacific region and the fast growing Latin-American region. This is the first African edition in the GSMA Mobile Observatory series. This Observatory provides a comprehensive review of the African mobile communications industry. Included are the latest statistics and market developments, as a reference point for mobile industry participants, policy makers and other interested stakeholders. It covers the state of the industry, including the evolution of competition, innovation in new products, services and technologies and the industry’s contribution to social and economic development in Africa. The report integrates data from a wide range of existing sources to provide a comprehensive picture of the African mobile industry. These include public sources such as the ITU, World Bank and research by National Regulatory Authorities as well as commercial providers such as Wireless Intelligence, Informa, Gartner, Buddecomm and IDC.

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November 23, 2011

An Exploratory Study on the Use of Camera Phones and Pico Projectors in Rural India


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Author: 
Mathur, Akhil, Divya Ramachandran, Edward Cutrell, and Ravin Balakrishnan.

Publication Date: 
Aug 2011

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publisher/Journal: 
MobileHCI

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

We explore the potential of using camera phones and pico projectors in rapid creation and presentation of digital content in a development context. A camera phone based content authoring application was designed and deployed with three different user populations in the domains of classroom education and health care.

 

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October 6, 2011

Grassroots Support Organizations and Capacity-Building in M4D: A Case Study of the Jokko Initiative in Senegal

Author: 
Lindsay E. Powell

Publication Date: 
May 2011

Publication Type: 
Other

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

Fueled by renewed enthusiasm about the potential of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) for development, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are implementing ambitious projects with mobile technology components in the developing world in a phenomenon commonly referred to as “Mobiles-for-development” or “M4D.”

 

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October 1, 2011

Texting, Tweeting, Mobile Internet: New Platforms for Democratic Debate in Africa


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Author: 
Tom Sarrazin

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publisher/Journal: 
fesmedia Africa

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

New media platforms are changing how people communicate with each  other around the world. However, there is great variation in both the kind of 

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September 26, 2011

Mobile Media Services at Sub-Saharan African Newspapers

Author: 
Kristina Bürén

Publication Date: 
Aug 2011

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publisher/Journal: 
World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the African Media Initiative (AMI)

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

Published by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the African Media Initiative (AMI), this guidebook aims to help African newspapers implement mobile platforms.

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September 15, 2011