In Cheptais, a village in Kenya’s Western Province, a borderland with few connections to the region’s main cities, two mobile services have produced concrete results for new users: M-Farm and Frontline SMS.
M-Farm is a Kenyan web and SMS-based application that periodically sends farmers the prices...
FAO, in collaboration with LIRNEasia and the International Development Research Centre published the USE OF MOBILE PHONES BY THE RURAL POOR - Gender perspectives from selected Asian countries.
A qualitative study was conducted in Indonesia and Sri Lanka to understand the varied perceptions on the...
The substantial gender gap in Internet access in low- and middle-income countries was the focus of a report called “Women and the Web” Intel Corporation released in January 2013 in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Women’s Issues, World Pulse, and UN Women.
"Mobile phones are important tools for enhancing the lives of women in low- and middle-income countries. Mobile phones help women feel safer and more connected, save time and money, and access lifeenhancing services such as mobile money, or potential education and employment opportunities. This...
In developing countries, mobile phones are the most popular way to connect to the internet. Just as they have introduced billions to telephony over the last 20 years, mobile phones are today introducing people to the internet in unprecedented numbers. The number of unique subscribers using mobile...
Human development is a basis for international efforts aiming to improve the well-being of individuals as active participants and beneficiaries of just and equal societies. The empowerment of women and girls implies the process of enlarging their capability to choose a better livelihood within a...
G20 Leaders agreed in 2014 on the clear need to enable more women to participate in the global economy. Specifically, the 2014 G20 Leaders’ Communique established the goal of “reducing the gap in participation rates between men and women in our countries by 25 percent by 2025, taking into account...
Mobile money is widely cited as the game-changer for financial inclusion and the growth driver for the African mobile industry.
However, recent studies have shown that across Africa women are consistently less likely than men to use mobile financial services. This is a loss to women, many of whom...
The global population is expected to increase to 9 billion by 2050, of which, 14% are youth aged between 15 – 24 years. While the world’s youth population is will grow significantly, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for youth, especially those living in developing countries’...
Learn more about Digital Green and the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) using video to share best practices among women farmers in India in an article published in Business Today.
"There is a sense of identification. The fact that they can see women farmers like themselves being...
e-Agriculture and FAO are collecting information on the topic 'Gender and the use of ICTs for agricultural and rural development - How ICTs can promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in rural areas', to prepare a paper on the subject.
ICT initiatives are often generic and fail to...
A new generation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is finding a small foothold among poor, small-scale farmers in developing countries. Even so, many barriers still prevent poor rural people from accessing, using, and bene fi ting from new ICT tools and platforms, and those...
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) represents the community electronic media [Community Radio | Community TV | Community Film] sector to Government, Industry, Regulatory Bodies, Media, Academia and Development Partners from 2000. BNNRC is in Special Consultative Status...
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is pleased to announce that the 2015 edition of the Mobile Learning Week (MLW 2015) will be organized in partnership with UN Women. As the lead UN agency for women’s issues, UN Women will further expand the prestige and...
The International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) assists people in developing countries in benefiting from information and communication technology to improve their livelihoods and quality of life. In ocusing their work on the less privileged, special consideration is given to...
From 16 April to 7 May 2014, the Technical Centre or Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the African Youth Foundation (AYF) organised an e-debate on “Enhancing Young Women’s engagement in ICT and Agriculture” to celebrate the International Girls in ICT Day.
Horizon Research Publishing has published on the journal "Sociology and Anthropology", Vol 2 No 4, the article "Information and Communication Technologies: An Agent of Social Change for Rural Women in Odisha" by Subrata S. Satapathy.
After having identified women's limited access to Information...
UN-Woman and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have launched the 2014 edition of the Gender Equality Mainstreaming - Technology (GEM-TECH) Award.
As officially described, "this is an annual special achievement award for outstanding performers and role models in Gender Equality and...
Agriculture is the main source of income and employment for 70% of the world’s poor living in rural areas. Yet, access to crucial farming information and technologies such as weather forecasts, planting information and market prices remains a critical issue.
GSMA mWomen and GSMA mAgri have...
During the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) High Level Event, held in Geneva from 10 to 14 June 2014, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) launched "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs through Information and Communications Technologies - A Practical Guide", ...