Using mobile technologies to achieve development goals (M4D) could present a tremendous opportunity to rapidly meet development objectives, including promoting transparency, supporting skill development, increasing access to health care and education, and expanding economic opportunity.
Yet, focusing on mobile technologies can be seen as a quick fix by governments and development organizations, especially if they choose to invest in M4D rather than tackle complex structural problems. Mobile technologies also remain unevenly incorporated into development planning, as rapid changes in the field make it difficult to anticipate new technologies.
As a critical source of financial and technical assistance around the world, the use of mobile technologies by the World Bank Group presents a chance to accelerate the achievement of development goals or deepen negative impacts.
The Bretton Woods Committee, in cooperation with Development Alternatives, Inc, examined the opportunities and challenges for the World Bank Group to use mobile technologies to meet its objectives.
- Ineke Buskens, Research Director, Gender Research into Information Communication Technology for Empowerment
- Jessica Heinzelman, Senior ICT Specialist, DAI
- Tim Kelly, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, infoDev, World Bank
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