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Mobile Web for Social Development Panel

Stéphane Boyera

ICTD 2009

Doha, Qatar, April 17 2009


Mobile Phones: a revolution

a booth celling airtime in africa

a booth celling charging time in africa

a worker mobile phone number on a sign in brazil
(source: Ken Banks

itu graphic: evolution of mobile phone subscribers 2000-2008
(source: ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (WTI) database.)

Mobile Phones are changing people's lives in the Developing World:

But still low impact on Development Challenges...

Mobile ICT for Development

An Indian Monk with a mobile phone
  • Mobile phones have a great potential as ICT platform
  • Success Stories demonstrate the potential
    • simple services can improve people's lives
    • simple services can put pressure for more open governance
    • simple services can overcome lack of infrastructure
    • ...
  • Still limited impact at the global level
    • only a small set of services available
    • only a small set of contributors
    • only a small set of users
(Photo Source: Der Spiegel)

Panel Objectives

a child with a fake mobile phone
(Photo Source : The Economist )


Panel Introduction

Content Challenges

Access Challenges

Place of Mobile in the ICTD domain