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m-Powering Development Initiative

Harnessing Mobile Technology to Build an Inclusive Information Society

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This report summarizes the latest work undertaken in relation to the m-Powering Development Initiative based on the findings of Working Groups of experts on m-Health, m-Learning, m Commerce, Business Models and Advocacy to capitalize on and promote the new opportunities afforded by the growing availability and reach of mobile technology. The Working Groups identify the key stakeholders engaged in their respective domains of activity and cite real life examples of m powering good practices that can be replicated. The main identified gaps and challenges are also highlighted, as are recommended steps to address them. It also highlights the main conclusions reached by the m Powering Development Initiative Working Groups in their endeavour to leverage the transformative power of mobile technology for the common good, especially in the less developed and remote parts of the world.

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Introduction

Access to, and use of, ICT services brings innumerable social opportunities and helps to stimulate economic growth of all nations thereby benefiting the daily lives of all citizens. With such powerful technology available in most rural and remote areas, and such unprecedented computing power in the palm of our hands it is imperative that we harness this technology for use in health, education, agriculture, commerce, sport, banking, and in everything that will serve humanity and help us to achieve sustainable development.

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