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.
Developing countries are increasingly embracing innovation and entrepreneurship as a key component of their social and economic development. To this end, business incubators and other types of business development service organizations are playing an important role in providing infrastructure, business advice and mentoring, networking, financing, and security to millions of business entrepreneurs in developing countries that otherwise wouldn?t have the resources to grow and scale up.
In this summary report and a series of country case studies, infoDev is exploring the transformative role that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can have in post-conflict nations during the process of reconstruction. The case studies look at countries at different stages of post-conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan, Liberia, Rwanda, Timor-Leste, and Tunisia.
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.
The World Bank is seeking three individual consultants to prepare the extended Modules 3, 4, and 5 of the infoDev/World Bank Broadband Strategies Toolkit (www.broadband-toolkit.org). Module 3 covers Law and Regulation for a Broadband World; Module 4 covers Extending Universal Broadband Access and Use; Module 5 covers Technologies that support Broadband Deployment.
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.
Three quarters of world population now has access to a mobile phone says a World Bank and infoDev study pointing to major development opportunities offered by mobile communications.
infoDev is seeking an individual consultant to produce a report on the role of ICTs in Post-Conflict Reconstruction based on six country case studies (already commissioned by infoDev), including a synthesis that outlines lessons learned and potential policy frameworks. Individuals working within universities or other research institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.
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 seeking an individual consultant to to prepare the extended Module 6 of the infoDev/World Bank Broadband Strategies Toolkit (www.broadband-toolkit.org), covering Driving Demand for Broadband Networks and Services. The Module Author will be hired through a competitive tendering process. Suitably qualified Consultants are invited to submit their CV, and a statement of interest letter explaining their qualifications and approach. Although the award is to a single named individual, proposals may include additional researchers working under the guidance of the consultant. It is anticipated that this assignment will require between 100-120 days of effort.