A Feasibility Assessment
infoDev publishes a new study that assesses the mobile applications sector in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has witnessed extraordinary growth in the ICT and mobile sectors, with increasing private sector investments, a growing user population in terms of devices and services and a government that actively supports and promotes the industry.
In Kenya, more than 65% of students abandon school after failing their primary school exit exams. Both text books and Internet materials are either expensive or simply unavailable. Eneza offers a platform that runs on mobile phones, both smartphones and basic phones. The initiative acts as a revision platform: students register with the Eneza mobile application, dial a local number, and then choose from a series of documented Q&A tests that raise their education level. They also receive feedback regarding their performance and can send specific questions to teachers that will be answered within an hour.
As part of its Mobile Innovation Program, infoDev developed the concept of the Mobile Innovation Roadshow with the overall objective to stimulate the development of an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem for mobile applications enterprises by introducing business and technical concepts relevant to startups in the mobile industry via a series of short events. The Roadshow was developed in partnership between The Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS) program and infoDev. SAIS is a program funded by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) that seeks to boost innovation in Southern Africa.
This report is an assessment of the overall effects of infoDev’s mobile application labs (mLabs). mLabs are specialized mobile business incubation and acceleration facilities offering physical workspace, mentoring and coaching, devices for mobile application testing, training, and startup competitions. mLabs were designed as pilot projects under the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy (CSBKE) program and have since become part of infoDev’s Mobile Innovation Program.
infoDev publishes a new report that assesses the mobile applications sector in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has witnessed extraordinary growth in the ICT and mobile sectors, with increasing private sector investments, a growing user population in terms of devices and services and a government that actively supports and promotes the industry. Initial findings from the study reveal a promising terrain to stimulate the app economy; for example, the existence of a dynamic mobile industry, increasingly affordable internet access, a pioneering landscape for entrepreneurship, and a strong commitment from donors and the government of Afghanistan.
[Download reduced size version] infoDev currently supports four mLabs and eight mHubs in eleven countries across East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus (ECA). The findings in this report will be useful primarily to current and future managers, consortium organizations, and funders of mLabs and mHubs.
A new report by infoDev extracts the lessons from the m2Work idea challenge and hackathon, which together served as the pilot for infoDev’s “From Mind to Market” approach to fostering mobile entrepreneurship.
With 6 billion mobile phones around the world, of which 75% in developing countries, telephones reach most corners of the African continent. Mobile phones have improved the lives of the poor. Two new infoDev-led studies, focusing on South Africa and Kenya, provide insights on how useful mobile phones are for economic and social empowerment of people living off less than $2.50 a day.
Mobile phones are perhaps the fastest-spreading technology in all of history, with profound implications for global interconnectedness, trade, inclusivity, and growth. A new report by infoDev and the World Bank charts the new development opportunities of the mobile era; this infographic presents salient facts and figures from the report.
This report analyzes the growth and evolution of applications for mobile phones, focusing on their use in agriculture, health and financial services, as well as their impact on employment and government. It also explores the consequences for development of the emerging app economy, summarizing current thinking and seeking to inform the debate on the use of mobile phones for development. It's no longer about the phone itself, but about how it is used, and the content and applications that mobile phones open.
infoDev's Mobile Innovation Program
Mobile access has been linked with economic growth, and the industry itself boosts local economies by creating high-value jobs. Mobile software applications are becoming increasingly important in areas like healthcare, education, governance and banking. The Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy Program, funded by the government of Finland, and in partnership with Nokia, laid the foundation for the Mobile Innovation program, which piloted a network of mLabs and mobile hubs with full stakeholder engagement. Over 100 mobile applications have been developed as a result. Since 2013, the Swedish International Development Agency also supports activities gearing toward female entrepreneurs and developers in the mobile sector.
The Mobile Innovation Program supports growth-oriented mobile apps businesses, by;
- Enabling entrepreneurship in the mobile industry, through venture incubation and acceleration;
- Building mobile innovation communities of entrepreneurs, investors, partners and mentors; and
- Researching the app economy of emerging and frontier markets.
Our network of mobile labs (mLabs) and mobile hubs (mHubs) in 15 countries acts as the backbone for our work.
For a deeper look at our Mobile Innovation Program, check out its chapter in our Work Program.