CreditSMS Helps Structure Informal Mobile Finance

Mobile commerce is quickly becoming one of the most cost-effective, far-reaching means of giving the 'un-banked' poor their first taste of financial services...

Mobiles Help Put a Stop to Drug Stock-outs

Analysis:

Weather Stations Will Use Mobile Infrastructure

For most of us, not knowing what the weather is going to do might at worst result in a soggy barbecue or a washed-out cricket or football match. For a farmer in...

Searching Where Google Can’t

We read a lot about the delivery, and popularity, of SMS services such as market prices, health advice and job alerts in developing countries, information there...

Considering the Future of Mobile Phones

Few companies innovate with the intensity and frequency of those working in mobile, and today's present is a future that only a handful of people would have...

Mobile Phones Join the Rural Radio Mix

Analysis: Nonprofits find cell phones supplement radio as a way to mobilize rural communities worldwide.

Where Walkie-talkies Dare

What happens when a rural farmer needs to arrange transport to get his produce to market? Or a health care worker wants to...

Mobile Phones and the Birds and the Bees

Reconsidering whether electromagnetic fields are hurting the ability of birds and bees to navigate.

'Social Mobile' Applications: The Missing Book

If you were thinking of designing or building a Web site, you'd be in luck. If you were thinking of writing a suite of...

Mobile Finance: Indigenous, Ingenious or Both?

In Ghana, it's popularly known as susu. In Cameroon, tontines or chilembe. And in South Africa, stokfel. Today, you'd most...

Nokia: From Technical Development to Human Development?

It's official. Or so it seems. Already the most active handset manufacturer in the developing world, Nokia this week made an...

Mobile IT Helps Conservationists Get the Message

ICTs are regularly touted as holding great potential to enhance the work of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), working for...

'Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Technology'

For NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) and developers alike, the ICT4D space can be a tough nut to crack. While NGOs...

Mobiles, SMS Play a Role in Afghanistan Security

The October 7, 2001, invasion of Afghanistan did more than mark the beginning of the "War on Terror." It also paved way for...

Delivering Aid in a Digital World

Analysis: Could charities and other organizations start providing assistance more efficiently by virtual means?