Very often I hear criticism of ICT projects in the developing world. While a lot of this criticism has justification, or a lack in sustainability, by far the largest criticism I hear is against technology as a mechanism to empowerment and development. I often hear, ‘But shouldn’t we be worried about farming and schools?’ I am against this reasoning. In my opinion...

The mobile Internet is growing at an unprecedented rate. It is expected to be a matter of time before mobile Internet use eclipses desktop use. What does this trend mean for operators of public access Internet venues, such as libraries, telecenters, and cybercafés? Do people who have mobile access use public access venues? Are public access venues even needed? This...

Livestock herders in Ethiopia are using text messages to warn fellow herders about places to avoid when armed rebels are in the area stealing cattle. That’s one example of simple technology quelling violent conflict in poor countries, and helping people protect property and make money as a result, according to violence prevention expert Joe Bock. Bock, author of...

Ever wished Wikipedia was searchable on that basic phone or in areas with constrained or no connectivity? Perhaps, even available in many languages including majority of your local languages. Well, you may be glad that Wikimedia Foundation in partnership with Airtel  is bringing free access to 24 million articles on Wikipedia via Wikipedia Zero to over 70 million mobile...

By Lee Babcock Photo credit: Jan-Pieter Nap Mobile phone subscriptions will outnumber the global population this year—that’s more than 7 billion subscriptions. The rapid reach of mobiles presents potential for disruptive business model innovations in many sectors at the base of the pyramid – and finance is no exception. One such innovation is agricultural mobile...

[Rwanda Govt]Kigali -Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) has moved a step further in bringing services close to the people by introducing a mobile telephone facility that allows people to declare and pay their taxes using mobile phones. Go to Source Tags: mobile telecommunications, Kigali, Mobile phone, Poverty Reduction, rwanda ...

  Turning Benghazi Into a Startup Incubator Foreign Policy Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city, was the cradle of the revolution. Today it’s earning a reputation as a playground of extremist groups, plagued by bombings and assassinations. Yet violence has failed to deter a group of local entrepreneurs from launching the Benghazi StartUp Cup. Egypt’s...