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World Summit on the Information Society: Alcatel & infoDev report on how business can address needs of the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa - provides 5 case studies

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16 November 2005

Can technology ease Africa's woes?

Author: Rebecca Harrison, Reuters

...as multinationals start to invest in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent, they are touting technology as a panacea for development..."Bridging the digital divide is a non starter if we haven't even crossed the literacy divide," said Arthur Goldstuck, head of South African technology research company World Wide Worx...[refers to steps by Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft]

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14 November 2005

infoDev and Alcatel Issue Joint Report On : “Addressing The Communication Needs Of The Poor" [Sub-Saharan Africa]

Author: infoDev, Alcatel

As a joint contribution to the second phase of the World Summit on Information Society...infoDev, a partnership of major public donor agencies including the World Bank, and Alcatel...are publishing a study [which]...aims to highlight opportunities...to meet the information and communication needs of rural and underserved communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. [report provides case studies on 5 companies: REOnet in Mali; SIMpill in South Africa; Pésinet in Senegal; Manobi in Senegal; MoPay in South Africa.

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9 November 2005

[PDF] Alcatel and Maplecroft partner to launch a global map of digital inclusion

Author: Maplecroft, Alcatel

This map explores the role of ICTs [information & communication technologies] as an enabler of social and economic development, in particular how ICT's might contribute to the UN Millennium Development Goals.

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1 November 2005

[PDF] full report: "Promoting Private Sector Investment and Innovation to Address the Information and Communication Needs Of the Poor in Sub-Saharan Africa"

Author: infoDev, Alcatel

infoDev and Alcatel looked at five companies in depth: REOnet in Mali, specifically Project IKON, a teleradiology project; SIMpill in South Africa, which addresses real-time compliance management for long-term drug therapies; Pésinet in Senegal, a first line of defense against the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among 0-5-year-old children in SSA; Manobi, also in Senegal, a company that delivers market price information to farmers and fishermen in addition to geolocation and GPS mapping services; and MoPay, a mobile banking company based in South Africa.

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