How cheap phones and text messages are changing Africa

How cheap phones and text messages are changing Africa

Recent years have seen a spate of efforts to improve life in Africa by expanding access to high-end technology, but something as simple as a text message may yield more immediate results. In a recent piece for the  Huffington Post , Lex Paulson examines a UNICEF program called “U-report,” which uses text messages to conduct polls, collect information, and spread important news to people in Uganda. Using three U-report texts as case studies, Paulson shows that the program has already paid dividends, disseminating critical information and facilitating direct communication between lawmakers and citizens. “It’s finally a two-way conversation,” Aleem Walji, Director of Innovation Labs at the World Bank Institute, told Paulson. “[the]…

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