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How Smartphones Can Uplift the Poor? by Marishka Cabrera

How Smartphones Can Uplift the Poor? by Marishka Cabrera

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CONTENTS NATION WORLD BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY HEALTH/LIFESTYLE
Driving Developmentwith Mobile Phones
 
For communities in the developingworld, the mobile revolution isbringing economic power at thetouch of a screen or a keypad
 
STRATEGY POINTS
The 2012 report “MaximizingMobile” from the World Bank describes how mobile phonesare addressing developmentchallenges with applications thatare rooted in the realities of developing countriesMobile phones are enablingpeople living in rural areasto buy products, monitorhealth conditions, connectto the Internet, and improveagricultural practices
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convenient way.TheUnited States Agency for InternationalDevelopment (USAID) has launched a mobile
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Mobile phones foster better crop prices, evenbetter crops.
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services are allowing farmers to “negotiate better
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 big retailers large quantities of crops” and to “save on
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