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Economic impacts of mobile phones for rural enterprises and households in LMICs

Farmers and micro-enterprises in low and middle income countries often have a high demand for information relating to their business, for example information on market prices, on buyers and sellers and on disease control, but often have little or no means of getting access to it without high transaction costs. Mobile phones can be an affordable way to gain access to valuable production information and allow the owner to develop and maintain social and business relationships, as well as coordinate with other economic agents at lower costs. If used for these purposes, they may increase income and savings, but there is a need for a systematic review to assess the effects of using mobile phones for this purpose

The systematic review is funded by 3ie.

The protocol can be found HERE

The report submitted to 3ie can be found HERE

The policy brief for the completed review can be found HERE


ICTs & MSMEs dissemination event | IIT Delhi | 26 April 2016. Slides available here

Leadership summit closure: challenges to make innovation work for social impact | ITU Telecom World Conference, Budapest| 12 October 2015

ICT impacts in developing Asia: What do we know and what do we need to know | National University of Singapore | 31 August 2015. Slides available here

ICT4D conference, Singapore, 15-18 May 2015. Slides available here

CPRsouth conference, Maropeng, South Africa from 10 – 12 September 2014. Slides available HERE

Media coverage

The Daily star, Bangladesh, October 2014

The Express Tribune, Pakistan, November 2014

The Daily Nation, Kenya, November 2014



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