rural communications

The Claim: Wireless Technologies Help Alleviate Poverty in Indonesia

Title: The Claim: Wireless Technologies Help Alleviate Poverty in Indonesia
Authors: Susan Nickbarg
Source: BCLCL Blog
Date (published): 16/12/2010
Date (accessed): 22/04/2011
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
"...The claim that wireless technology can improve people’s lives across the developing world in this alliance makes the phrase "all boats rise" a truism as people get lifted out of poverty. “What’s startling is that after 4 months, 47% of the people enrolled in the Village Phone Microfranchising initiative, (in which local entrepreneurs sell cell phone airtime to villagers), moved above the poverty line,” according to Cheri Mitchell, Director of Institutional Relations, Grameen Foundation.

Sad to say, poverty alleviation has been going on for decades.

Yet, here is a showcase of breakthrough innovation whereby Qualcomm, Incorporated, a NASDAQ-listed company in the business of developing and delivering innovative digital wireless technologies, and Grameen Foundation, a global nonprofit formed to help lift people out of poverty through microfinance and technology, partnered and scaled the Village Phone Microfranchising program with contributions from Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative...."
via http://www.grameenfoundation.applab.org/

Mexico’s oldest Native radio station wins UNESCO award

Title: Mexico’s oldest Native radio station wins UNESCO award
Author: Rick Kearns
Source: Indian Country Today
Date (published): 13/04/2010
Date (accessed): 03/05/2010
Type of information: article
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
VERACRUZ, Mexico – For more than 40 years, Mexico’s oldest indigenous radio station has helped its listeners through many hardships, including repression and years of official neglect, and recently, the station’s work has been recognized by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

La Voz de los Campesinos won an international communications award for its interactive programming, featuring community messages and shows on local arts, customs, education and human rights that are translated into three indigenous languages.

La Voz de los Campesinos, XHFCE 105.5 FM or The Peasants’ Voice radio station from the eastern state of Verzacruz, Mexico was one of two recipients in the world that won UNESCO’s Prize for Rural Communication.

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