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Technology for the Poor by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
June 17, 2008, 5:36 pm
Filed under: Development theory, If you only have 15 mins, Web sites

As a techno-phobe who still doesn’t own her own cell phone (in part because of a traumatic experience in post-tsunami Sri Lanka where I had two mobiles which rang simultaneously every half hour, literally through the night!), I am fascinated by examples of how technology is improving (or hindering) development in poorer nations. This link to a BBC news article gives some really good concrete examples of how Reuters news, through a service called Market Light is being disseminated via text messages to farmers in India and enabling them to make real time decisions on how to improve their crops and get better services for them.


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Well, as it happens I’m going to be working with this technology in my new job … with the BBC. I guess that’s why they are reporting on it with such enthusiasm! If anyone wants to know more they are most welcome to contact me after July on sayahatchi@yahoo.com .

[currently CoP for CDI in Kyrgyzstan]

Comment by Colin Spurway

Great Colin! I’m looking forward to hearing how this goes – it sounds like a cool project! Nick

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