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Mobile Phones for Development

IGC Growth Week 2010 public discussion


Mobile phones have the potential to contribute significantly to economic growth in the developing world, in both the private and public sector. From improving market information for fish traders in Lake Victoria, to enabling medical outreach services in rural South Asia, the mobile is a versatile and adaptable tool. What impact can mobiles have on those previously excluded from financial services and communications networks? Which policies will help turn the promise of mobiles into real benefits for the poorest people?

This session, moderated by Diane Coyle, OBE, of Enlightenment Economics, features a panel of researchers and practitioners sharing ideas and experience from the field, discussing a range of case studies from literacy and conditional cash transfer programs in Niger to SMS-based communications for rural hospitals in Malawi.

Jenny Aker is assistant professor of development economics at The Fletcher School of International Affairs, Tufts University.

Ken Banks is the founder of FrontlineSMS and kiwanja.net.

Taryn Dinkelman is an assistant professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University.

Tavneet Suri is assistant professor of international management at the Sloan School of Management, MIT.

This public discussion is part of Growth Week 2010, a three-day conference organised by the International Growth Centre (IGC). The previous event takes place on 20 September at 4.30pm and is entitled Managing natural resource rents: China and Africa. The next public event is on 21 September at 4.30pm and is entitled Industrial Productivity.


Speaker(s):

Dr Jenny Aker | talks
Ken Banks | talks
Dr Taryn Dinkelman | talks
Dr Tavneet Suri | talks
Professor Diane Coyle | talks

 

Date and Time:

20 September 2010 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Sheikh Zayed Theatre
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
London
WC2A 2AE


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London School of Economics & Political Science
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