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Youth can use technology to help tackle social crisis

"All adolesents  are vulnerable, but some are more vulnerable than others". This is particularly true for street children who irk a miserable living on the streets. In most urbanised cities in develo...

John, Global Voices

ICTs and the spread of indigenous knowledge

Despite common assumptions and their perceived differences, the indigenous knowledge and global knowledge systems have become much closer in the past decade. Indigenous knowledge practitioners hav...


5 iPhone apps to help fight poverty

To end poverty and hunger, we're going to need everyone's help - even the busiest amongst us. Thanks to the iPhone and the technological innovators who are working for the global good, we can now say:...


In the gender digital divide, women fall behind

There is a division between men and women, not only in terms of pure economics, but also in the realm of technology. Women's lack of technological access is caused by many factors, and it will ultimat...

Mischa, UNFPA

Generation 2.0 vs. Generation!

What is the real added value of online technology in our efforts to save the planet? An interconnected generation During the previous decade, millions of people around the globe have gaine...

Guillaume, Tostan

Tostan and the Jokko Initiative: mobile technology amplifying social change

Jokko (or Jokoo) means “communication” or “dialogue” in Wolof, a national language in Senegal, West Africa. Since 1991, Tostan has brought its holistic, human rights-based, 30-month non-f...


Scaling mobile services for development: What will it take?

M-services have the potential to change the way developing economies deliver essential social and economic services and attain sustainable growth, but it will take a combined and concerted effort to r...

Claire, Ashoka

Mobile phones for maternal health

How can we use cell phones for social change? With Ushahidi, we can help regnant and laboring women around the world. As mobile and web technologies become increasingly accessible to those living i...


Mobile phones and citizen media

Citizen media, or media created by non-journalists, is having a huge impact today. Mobile phones are making the spread of information even easier. Mobile phones have already played a significant ro...

Martin, New Media Strategy MV

The importance of the mobile phone to developing countries

What's the best way to make sure people in the developing world are connected to today's technology? Cell phones, not computers, are the answer. The reach of the mobile phone by far outnumbers any...


Myths and realities about women and mobile phones

Image by Getty Images via Daylif Many think that mobile phones are an easy way to bring technology to developing countries. But are women being left out of the equation? Mobile phones have ...

Marion, University of Cape Town

Mobile literacies – bridging the gap between phone and book

The limitations of mobile access mean that it is still an urgent priority to improve computer access in schools and libraries, particularly in rural areas, and to make broadband internet access more a...

R. Craig, George Washington Uni.

Mobile internet access in developing countries

Is mobile internet access in the developing world a viable option? It's time to explore new avenues of technology. I have been leery of getting behind web-based applications for social marketing in ...

Joshua, UNICEF Innovations

What open data means to marginalized communities

I believe we have yet to find a good answer to the question: what does open data means for the long-term social and economic development of poor and marginalized communities? via newbeatphoto...

Ben, O

Mobile banks in the developing world prove simpler is better

Using mobile banks in developing nations is an efficient way to reach those without bank accounts. Above all, the most user friendly mobile banks are the most successful. Recent initiatives designe...

Ssozi, Women of Uganda

Internet vs mobile phone: rural farmers to judge!

The mobile phone has proved to be a very handy tool due to its flexibility in functionality and yet doesn’t require special skills to operate. Talking about social media and ICT. Today I am helpi...

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