The phenomenal growth of mobile communications in developing countries over the past ten years has been widely celebrated. There were more than 6.8 billion connections by the end of 2012, representing 3.2 billion subscribers. More than 650 million connections were in Africa alone. Networks across the world are being upgraded to higher speeds and capacities, and devices, too, are becoming more sophisticated. As such, calls and SMS are increasingly being augmented by more advanced apps and services.
One in five Kenyans at the base of the pyramid (BoP) forgo a usual expense, such as food or a bus pass, to afford mobile phone access, according to an upcoming study commissioned by infoDev.
Cambodian women are increasingly challenging the traditional concept of "chebap srey" (literally "women rules," a set of limits on their role in Khmer society) by starting their own businesses. Emerging Markets Entrepreneurs (EME) has developed a two-pronged approach to help them overcome difficulties both cultural and financial.
With the collaboration of the CSR divisions of Orange and Innovacom, a venture capital entity, Orange AMEA (Africa, Middle-East, Asia) will launch the African Social Venture Prize to reward three projects or enterprises addressing the needs of the 'bottom of pyramid' market in Africa through technology.
The World Bank is partnering with the African Development Bank on a flagship study of how information and communication technologies (ICTs) are transforming the African continent. The study's latest report, on using ICTs for Climate Change Adaptation, has just been released on the project website.
St. Kitts and Nevis boasts the highest fixed broadband subscription rates in the Latin American/Caribbean region. This report seeks to understand the challenges and successes of this country's broadband experience.
Thirty-six of the selected infoDev Top 50 SMEs focus their work on the field of Mobile and ICT. In countries ranging from Brazil to Belarus and Senegal to Syria, these SMEs are harnessing digital technology to drive innovation in a diverse array of industries, such as speech recognition and graphic design.
infoDev is proud to announce the successful bidder to host the first regional Mobile Applications Laboratory in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, and Central Asia (ECA) Laboratories as part of our joint program with the Government of Finland and Nokia, Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy.
On April 19th, 2011, the Dakar Information and Communication Technologies Incubator (CITIC) officially launched. This business incubation center is the result of a public-private partnership among infoDev, a donor funded trust fund of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and several local partners.