Mobile Technology: One Core Lesson, Many Possible Solutions
Jul 01, 2010
In this piece for Development Outreach, a publication of the World Bank Institute, Iqbal Quadir outlines the empowering and democratizing effects of mobile technology in low-income countries.
by Iqbal Z. Quadir
Over half of people in poor countries, including a quarter of those over the age of 14 in Afghanistan, use mobile phones. Given the ever-increasing proliferation of mobile technology and the range of opportunities that it is unleashing for the world’s poor, how will it engage even more people in commerce, allowing them to solve their own problems? In what ways will it continue to be a democratizing force? What new possibilities will it create? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we apply a core lesson from mobile technology to think differently about empowering the poor? Read more at World Bank Institute >>