In the past years, mobile communications has seen enormous growth worldwide. The mobile phone now offers the potential of becoming a universal communications tool and going well beyond voice and data to deliver new, sophisticated ICT services to improve people’s lives.
The m-Powering Development Initiative is designed to create a resource and an action plan to deploy ICT services, from m-Health, m-Learning, m-Governance to m-Commerce and m-Sport. In doing so, it can cut costs and reshape, for the better, public service delivery for many millions of individuals, particularly those living in in remote or rural areas of the world.
In its first report, the m-Powering Development Initiative has already identified many particular approaches and real-life examples from around the world that could prospectively be adopted elsewhere.
The first cycle of the m-Powering Advisory Board ended in 2015.
The first meeting of the second cycle of the m-Powering Advisory Board took place on 13 November 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, on the eve of the ITU Telecom World 2016.
The Telecommunication Development Bureau is coordinating the Initiative with an Advisory Board of senior experts drawn from the public and private sectors.
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The m-Powering Development Initiative looks to:
Harness mobile communications for sustainable development.
Increase the uptake and usage of mobile services in rural and remote areas.
Create an enabling environment to foster mobile services, particularly where there is a social need.
Create synergies with existing initiatives and avoid duplication between initiatives.
Optimize the use of scarce resources.
Encourage partnerships between different stakeholders, and on as large a scale as possible.