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From: Raphaël Dard <Dard@intracen.org>
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2009 14:13:58 +0200
Message-Id: <4A7993A5.8DE1.0088.0@intracen.org>
To: "Yoshiko Kurisaki" <yoshiko.kurisaki@icvolunteers.org>, "MW4D team" <public-mw4d@w3.org>
Thank you Yoshiko.

Please also have a look at this collaborative page:


Don't hesitate to ask Stephane for a login/password to edit this wiki
and complete this page.


>>> Yoshiko Kurisaki <yoshiko.kurisaki@icvolunteers.org> 03/08/2009
16:51 >>>
Dear Team,

It was nice that I joined in the MW4D team!

Please find below, as discussed on 3 Aug., some cases where mobile
phones are used as data disseminating device in developing countries.
The more you search, the more you'll find cases. So please take the list
below as examples out of many emerging/running projects of this kind.

Hope they'll convey flavor from the ground to help us.


Recommended --> MobileActive.org
An impressive collection of mobile phone on the ground for the
development. For case studies, click "mDirectory" in the tab line.

I think we could do something with this group.

"MobileActive.org's vision is to help organizations make use of the
most ubiquitous communications technology in the world with data, tools,
and how-to resources; build a network of practitioners and technologists
in a supportive community of practice; and highlight and explore the
many innovative campaigns and projects -- their lessons learned.

In short, we want to make it easier for any organization interested in
using mobile tech to do so. "

Web site -->  http://mobileactive.org/ 

Selected interesting cases -------------

1.  Cyber Tracker, S. Africa 

Louis Liebenberg, a South African scientist and tracking expert,
believes that
the only way to understand and deal with the impact of global warming
is to
establish an ecosystem’s status quo. “At present we have no idea
how many
species are really threatened, as we do not have enough
observations,” he
says. “Many species could be going extinct without us even knowing


CyberTracker’s innovative and flexible software combines the
knowledge of Africa’s traditional trackers with state-of-the-art
computer and
satellite technology to give highly detailed observations of natural
The CyberTracker software runs on smart phones and handheld computers.

Full story-->

2. Mobile Communications to Revolutionize African Weather Monitoring

 Global Humanitarian Forum, Ericsson, WMO, and Zain and other mobile
operators to deploy up to 5,000 automatic weather stations in mobile
network sites across Africa, where less than 300 are reporting today

● Partnership will increase dissemination of weather information via
phones to users and communities, including remote farmers and

● First 19 stations deployed more than double Lake Victoria region
monitoring, where 5,000 people die every year due to storms and

Full story

3. CellBazaar, Bangladesh
Buy, sell exchange over the mobile phones, as well as information on
agriculture prices.


4. Center for Digital Inclusion, Brazil, including PC and IT in


reported in CNET news

5. Kiwanja net

Mobile-enabled social change. One SMS at a time...

***** And Coming soon ******

Initiative for agriculture in the regions bordering the Sahara, Mali
and Senegal

The program is focused on information technologies applied to
agriculture, sustainable development, health and education.

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