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Upgrading development: Can technology alleviate poverty?

Posted by EKStallings on Oct 26, 2011
Upgrading development: Can technology alleviate poverty? data sheet 1171 Views
Stuart, Emma Jackson
Publication Date: 
Sep 2011
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

This report tackles ICT4D under three key headings: information, communication and participation. While not ignoring negatives, the report primarily explores, through the lens of Cambridge activities in ICT4D, the positive impacts and ongoing challenges of ICT4D: its ability to provide access to valuable information, to create meaningful two-way dialogues, to reach remote and excluded communities, and to empower the excluded to participate in their own development and societies.

There are still significant barriers preventing people in the Global South from accessing ICTs. But with the ongoing, rapid growth in mobile phone use and network connectivity across the world, the parameters are changing. We need to keep adapting to this environment in order to succeed. We must also ensure that the poorest and most disadvantaged are not left behind.

We have also seen challenges and progress that still need to be made in harnessing ICTs to achieve positive and lasting development outcomes. Technology can only ever be one ingredient in this process, but it can be a potent one. A key strength of ICT4D lies in the potential for participation, especially as technologies become more and more interactive.


Mapping Snow Via Mobile Phone

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jan 28, 2011

The radio station WNYC is creating on-air and online stories from two things very familiar to people in the Northeastern United States: mobile phones and snow. A snowstorm over the holidays was the heaviest December snowfall in six decades and dumped up to 20 inches in many parts of New York City. The story quickly became one of snow removal and how the city was not removing the snow as quickly as people had hoped.

Jim Colgan and the WNYC newsroom wanted to get a sense of what was happening on the streets. Problem was, there was no good or easy way to do this. The station couldn’t rely on the city for real-time information, and reporters couldn’t get to many of the areas. The answer was to have the listeners share their own reports and stories, via mobile phone.

Mapping Snow Via Mobile Phone data sheet 3272 Views
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Countries: United States


Posted by akkihal on Jan 08, 2011
Logistimo data sheet 2665 Views
Main Contact: 
Anup Akkihal
Problem or Need: 

The app addresses stockouts and market connectivity problems for remote users.  in general, it lowers costs and increases performance for the flow of goods to and from villages.  For village producers (of crops, milk, arts, crafts and textiles) it serves as a market connection mechanism (like Craig's list).  For village consumers (of medicines, healthcare, and retail goods) it optimizes inventory policy for the shopkeeper to maintain reliable availability.  

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Brief Description: 

Samaanguru is a robust mobile supply chain management platform that addresses stock visibility, inventory control, order management, demand forecasting, optimization, and analytic visualization of transactional activity.

Tool Category: 
App resides and runs on a mobile phone
Is a web-based application/web service
Key Features : 
  • Mobile stock counts, issues (sales), receipts (purchases), order placement, order view/negotiate/confirm, and material information displays.
  • Configurable browser-side demand board, mapping, reports, analytics, etc.
  • It's an out-of-the-box configurable supply chain management toolkit.
Main Services: 
Information Resources/Information Databases
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Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
Release Date: 
Java ME
All phones/Mobile Browser
Current Version: 
Program/Code Language: 
Languages supported: 
Handsets/devices supported: 
All feature phones supporting Java MIDP 2.0 or higher (Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Micromax, Chinese knock-offs, etc.) Some Android handsets (because they support Java apps)
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Is an API available to interface with your tool?: