If “yesterday” I wrote about Wireless Networking in the Developing World, now’s the time for Village Phone’s initiatives.
Famous â€” and well deserved â€” due to the work of the Grameen Foundation, the Village Phone programme bases its ICT4D policy in mobile phones instead of desktops with Internet access, and its best asset is the sustainability of the project itself.
The Village Phone Replication Manual
is a guideline for replicating the Village Phone program in a new country. It draws on the experience Grameen has had in both Bangladesh and Uganda and establishes a template for creating sustainable initiatives that simultaneously bring telecommunications to the rural poor, create viable new businesses for micro-entrepreneurs, and expand the customer base of telecommunications companies.
- Home page of the book: Village Phone Replication Manual
- Piece of news
- The Book to download: Village Phone Replication Manual (7.43 Mb) (I would usually put a direct link here, but they ask for some statistical data – and your fair use declaration – so, please, go visit the home page of the book)
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2006) “Book: Village Phone Replication Manual” In ICTlogy,
#30, March 2006. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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