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Using Mobile Technology to Support Family Planning Counseling in the Community

Abstract. This paper reports on a mobile phone application designed to support community health workers in providing family planning counseling to their clients. We adapted the Population Council’s Balanced Counseling Strategy for local conditions and for community health workers and … Continue reading

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Politics Calling: Telephone Penetration as Indicator of Political Development in Africa

Emergence of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is expected to boost political development in non-Western societies. This expectation is anchored on the assumptions that ICTs radically alter access to information, dislodge entrenched social cleavages, and unleash new patterns of citizenship … Continue reading

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Mobile Phones for Social and Financial Connectivity

Abstract. Despite the worldwide enthusiasm surrounding mobile-technology based development, very little long term, in-depth empirical research has yet been carried out. Mobile technology’s everyday usage and impact on development remains severely understudied. This research will examine the “buyam-sellam” women in … Continue reading

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Developing an SMS Processing Software for Resource-Poor Contexts

Purpose: The ability to implement SMS services by responding to SMS requests is largely the preserve of huge organizations having constant internet access. Our purpose was to create affordable SMS processing software that requires no internet connection and can seamlessly integrate … Continue reading

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Mobiles and Market Women in Ghana

Enhancing Micro-Trading Capabilities through Mobile Phones: The Case of Women Traders in Ghana This paper investigates the impact of mobile phones on the micro-trading activities of women traders in Ghana. The research develops a conceptual model analyzing the impact of … Continue reading

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Africa calling: burgeoning wireless networks connect Africans to the world and each other

On a continent where rolling blackouts, undrinkable water, and fetid mounds of refuse remain the stuff of every day existence, wireless telecommunications services stand out as a rare, perhaps unique, technological success story. Tens of millions of ordinary Africans just like Nchise carry cellphones today, something not even the richest of them could have possessed barely a decade ago. And every month, millions more dial into the 21st century, with profound implications for African economies and societies. Continue reading

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Mobile Phones and Financial Services in Developing Countries

Research concerning mobile phones and financial services in developing countries has undergone rapid growth in recent years. This paper seeks to improve understanding of this expanding research area and in so doing consider the potential for mobile phone applications for the delivery of financial services for the poor. Continue reading

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