IGC Growth Week 2010 - Mobile Phones for Development
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Speaker(s): Dr Jenny Aker, Ken Banks, Dawn Haig-Thomas
Chair: Diane Coyle
Recorded on 20 September 2010 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.
Mobile phones have the potential to contribute significantly to economic growth in the developing world, in both the private and public sector. From improving market information for fish traders in Lake Victoria, to enabling medical outreach services in rural South Asia, the mobile is a versatile and adaptable tool. What impact can mobiles have on those previously excluded from financial services and communications networks? Which policies will help turn the promise of mobiles into real benefits for the poorest people? This session, moderated by Diane Coyle, OBE, of Enlightenment Economics, features a panel of researchers and practitioners sharing ideas and experience from the field, discussing a range of case studies from literacy and conditional cash transfer programs in Niger to SMS-based communications for rural hospitals in Malawi.
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