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Forum on Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas

The Forum is up and running.

People from more than 40 different countries already introduced themselves and are ready to share experience, ideas and vision with us.

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Open Invitation to the Virtual Forum on “Mobile telephony in rural areas”

This is an open invitation to take part to the online forum on “Mobile Telephony in rural areas” which will take place from the 17 to the 28 of November.

Mobile technology for development seems to be today an excellent solution in support of many development activities. As you remember, we introduced the topic and collected many examples. Now, this Forum is an occasion to learn more about projects which are using these tools and above all people’s ideas and vision for the future.

Everyone is invited to take part to the discussions as your attention and contribution can be very interesting and useful for all the participants.

Mark your calendar and participate in the Virtual Forum “Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas” 17-28 November 2008

Mobile phones are the success story of bridging the rural digital divide, bringing tangible economic benefits and acting as agents of social mobilization through improved communication. But what are the real challenges that face reaching rural areas, and what are some of today’s most beneficial applications that can help these rural communities, specifically regarding agriculture development?

This Forum will examine the challenges that rural communities face in enhancing the benefits of mobile telephony, and look at some examples of interesting initiatives and good outcomes from around the globe.

Subject Matter experts include:

  • Pete Cranston, ICT and New Media in Development Consultant
  • Laura M. Drewett, Partner Director, BusyLab Ltd.
  • Jawahar Kanjilal, Global Head of Emerging Market Services, Services & Software, Nokia
  • Christian Kreutz, Consultant, Knowledge Activist
  • AHM Sultanur Reza, Additional General Manager and Head, Community Information Center, Grameenphone Ltd.
  • Luca Servo, Communication for Development Consultant, Research and Extension Division – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Nigel Scott, Gamos Ltd


Charlotte Masiello-Riome, Communications Expert and Coordinator
Michael Riggs, Information Management Specialist for the Asia-Pacific region, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Register on the Online Forum