Will Google and Facebook Drive the Drone Agenda in International Development?

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Working in ICT4D, you are reminded again and again that there is no “magic bullet” of development. Yet as each new technology emerges there is a flood of programs designed around it. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are no exception. Drones are the newest cool gadget to quickly appear in programs. However, we are not alone in our excitement over drones. Read more

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Top Highlights from the #ICTchat Twitter Discussion on Digital Payments

Yesterday’s #ICTchat Twitter Chat was a huge success! Our #ICTchat hashtag brought in over 2.5 million impressions on Twitter with 839 tweets and 135 contributors. Our participants were from The United States, Uganda, and Nigeria to name a few. Thanks to everyone who participated, especially to USAID, NetHope, Better Than Cash Alliance, GBI, UNCDF, and GSMA.

What were some of the highlights of the chat? Here are the three questions we asked with a few answers, some of which were from our four outstanding leaders:

Q1: How are digital payments safer for those making and receiving payments in developing countries?

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Q2: What digital payments consumer protection standards and best practices are emerging for transparency in fees and terms of service?

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Q3: GSMA recently released a code of conduct for mobile money operators. What does this do and what does it mean for transparency?

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Will Google and Facebook Drive the Drone Agenda in International Development?

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Working in ICT4D, you are reminded again and again that there is no “magic bullet” of development. Yet as each new technology emerges there is a flood of programs designed around it. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are no exception. Drones are the newest cool gadget to quickly appear in programs. However, we are not alone in our excitement over drones.

Private Sector Drones

Google, Facebook and other companies are racing into developing countries with drones too. And even though they have no experiences in conducting humanitarian work, through advertising, money, or product donations, multinational companies have the ability to drive the agenda in development and they sometimes do. Read more

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Is Nurturing Creativity a Luxury or a Necessity for Schools in Developing Nations?

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After attending the World Innovation Summit for Education, I’m convinced that creativity matters – particularly as it applies to teaching and learning in developing nations.

The central theme of this year’s summit was “Imagine-Create-Learn: Creativity at the Heart of Education.” Creativity is the process by which we bring together seemingly unrelated ideas to make something – almost anything – new. Creativity is fueled by the passion to seek out meaning from the things we do.

For example, if schoolwork is perceived to be overly abstract and have very little real-world meaning, then students will have very little motivation to learn. This is why creativity plays a central role in both the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers and the International Society for Technology in Education Teacher Standards and Student Standards for learning, teaching, and leading in the digital age. Read more

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Apply Now for $5 Million in GSMA mWASH Grants

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Currently 10% of the world’s population does not have access to ‘improved’ water resources, nearly 20% are without access to energy, and almost 35% lack access to improved sanitation.

These gaps are due to challenges such as last mile distribution, operation and maintenance capabilities and costs, and payment ability and collection. Furthermore, increasing urbanisation, ageing infrastructure, and lack of investment are resulting in millions of people, who are considered to have access, living with increasingly less reliable services.

The GSMA’s Mobile for Development Utilities programme is focused on looking at how mobile technology can be used to facilitate access to affordable and reliable energy, water and sanitation, which are vital for health and wellbeing, and can also help reduce poverty and drive economic growth.

A lack of access to such services often disproportionately impacts the economic opportunities, health and safety of girls and women. M4D Utilities seeks to identify and support innovative mobile-enabled solutions that will improve the lives of many, but especially this group of society.

To combat this issue, the GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme is proud to announce a $5 million Innovation Fund, supported by DFID, to:

  • Accelerate efforts using mobile technology to enable improved or increased access to energy, water and/or sanitation services for underserved communities
  • Identify innovative business models that can support mobile innovations for energy, water and sanitation services
  • Generate knowledge about the application of mobile enabled services which can be shared with the development community and mobile industry
  • Stimulate productive partnerships between mobile operators/tower companies and energy providers, water providers, sanitation service providers, utilities, NGOs, entrepreneurs and academics to achieve these objectives at scale

Sounds cool, eh? Then be quick to apply to the two stage application process. Concept notes due December 7th, 2014


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4 Challenges to Reaching 3.8 Billion Mobile Internet Users in 2020

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According to new data released by GSMA Intelligence, 3.8 billion people or half of the world’s population will be using mobile devices to access the Internet by 2020. And where will almost all of the additional mobile Internet users come from? The developing world!

Mobile Internet users in the developing world will double from 1.5 billion in 2013 to 3 billion by 2020, rising from 25% today to 45% of the developing world population that will be accessing Internet services and consuming mobile data for everything from email and web browsing, to social networking and online gaming. Read more

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Please RSVP for Our Twitter Chat on December 4th: Digital Payments in Developing Countries

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Safety and transparency are very important issues when it comes to sending and receiving digital payments within developing countries. Establishing trust in digital payments system and sufficient levels of consumer protection and transparency of service terms are key to broader adoption of digital payments. What’s being done to help reduce this concern?

To bring this issue to the forefront, the ICTworks community is joining with the Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance (GBI), a partnership between USAID and NetHope, and the Better Than Cash Alliance to host a Twitter Chat as we near International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9th, 2014.

Please RSVP here!

Join us on December 4th at 12 noon Eastern time using the #ICTchat hashtag to debate the merits and issues of digital payments with four thought leaders:

We’ll start off with a quick round of introductions and then dive into three key questions on the safety and transparency of digital payments:

  1. How are digital payments safer for those making and receiving payments in developing countries?
  2. What digital payments consumer protection standards and best practices are emerging for transparency in fees and terms of service?
  3. GSMA recently released a code of conduct for mobile money operators. What does this do and what does it mean for transparency?

As with all our Twitter Chats, it will be a fast-paced, global conversation that you’ll not want to miss. So mark your calendar now:

Twitter Chat: Digital Payments in Developing Countries
December 4, 2014
9am-10:30am PST (17:00 GMT)
Join with the hashtag #ICTchat

See you on December 4th!


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