Monday, November 23, 2009

Mobile Technologies and NGOs

A partnership between the United Nations Foundation and the Vodafone Group Foundation recently released a report titled "Wireless Technology for Social Change: Trends in Mobile Use by NGOs"

Abstract: "In this second publication in our Access to Communications Publication Series, the authors examine real-life examples of and trends in wireless technology solutions being used to drive change in the areas of health, humanitarian assistance, and environmental conservation. The compelling stories portrayed in this report demonstrate that telecommunications can be a powerful tool for positive change in our world. Between December 10, 2007 and January 13, 2008, 560 non-governmental organization (NGO) workers participated in a survey designed to demonstrate how NGOs are using wireless technology to help reach various social, civil, economic, and political goals." (Source: IFAP)

The report, authored by Sheila Kinkade and Katrin Verclas, is a comprehensive survey into how non-governmental organizations (NGOs), especially working in Africa, have been able to leverage mobile phones to meet their respective goals.

Data presented in this report provides evidence that mobile phone usage continues to grow in a continent that is leap-frogging communications technologies. It may also be of value to young entrepreneurs seeking to expand their reach and/or develop mobile-friendly initiatives.

Read more:
Report (PDF): Wireless Technology for Social Change..."
IFAP Abstract page

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