2018 Forum programme

ITU Specialized Session
M-Powering for Development: turning opportunities into reality
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM, Room 12C

Mobile networks are often the most widespread and reliable infrastructure in emerging markets where large sections of the population are frequently underserved by basic services, whilst mobile phones provide a universal communications tool capable of delivering almost any kind of digital service. Encouraging large-scale expansion in mobile communications use to address inclusiveness and stimulate socio-economic development is therefore the aim of the m-Powering Initiative. It does so by identifying new types of partnerships and funding models needed to build impactful win-win solutions to improve access to education, healthcare, agricultural, financial and governmental services at affordable prices. The 2018 m-Powering Initiative report provides stakeholders with a common framework to leverage the potential of mobile technologies to build sustainable development models and achieve the SDGs in today’s fast-changing digital environment. This session will focus on how the m-Powering Initiative can make a difference through impactful strategies and frameworks for increasing access and affordability, advocacy and partnerships to empower people using mobile technologies.

During the session ITU-D will release the 2018 m-Powering report, which sets out the great promise of mobile technologies by fostering leadership engagement and outreach, cross-sectoral collaboration, and access to financial capital through partnerships, contributing to the successful implementation of the SDGs


Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, Exhibition Pass and Media Pass holders