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Table of Content
Your Companion for Life by Osama Manzar
business, enterprise &
Mera Swasthya - Meri Awaaz
Vibration Series of Mobile Apps
for the Deaf - Blind
mFoods - Mobile Application for
Banking and Livelihood Promotion
Services - Now in Your “Mobile”
Jharkhand Mobile Radio
Tracking Livelihood Entitlements of
RUral Communities Using
Mobile Phone Based MIS in Orissa:
Locating and Rating of Public
Restrooms in Indian Cities
SMS Campaign Enabled by Election
“Mahila Shakti” - Mobile as an Education
tool for Women Empowerment
Urban Ward Project
obile s ocial ene t
having access to a mobile phone than clean water or the electrical grid. Furthermore, it is estimated that by 2012, 1.7 billion people will have a mobile phones but no bank account.
Understandably, the potential of this device is huge. Mobility solutions can increase Vodafone ‘Mobile for Good’ awards serves to celebrate just that by highlighting and honouring the efforts of many leading NGOs which have used technology to create new opportunities and experiences for mobile users across India. Many of these new For the winning NGOs, funding is provided to enhance their efforts, accelerate scale and create new capabilities. As a member of the jury, I was part of a privileged team tasked with evaluating these best in practice examples of mobile innovation led by the charity sector. All shortlisted entries serve to demonstrate how mobile technology is enhancing the delivery of existing services and / or improving the outreach of these critical organisations Along with the Digital Empowerment Foundation, we, at Vodafone recognise the vital role mobile plays in development worldwide. We are committed to empowering people in emerging markets to create new opportunities and improve livelihoods. One example of the power of mobile to further economic and social progress on a wide scale is M-PESA, a mobile payment service, with 30 million users and available in 7 countries. MTanzania, medical patients use it to pay for treatment and travel and in Kenya; farmers use the serve to obtain micro-insurance.
In the words of Jeffrey Sachs, Professor of Economics, Columbia University, - “The mobile phone is the single most transformative technology for development’.
Understandably, this is not without challenge as we look to identify those services which are affordable, sustaindirection in achieving that goal.
Your Companion for Life
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