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Study Reveals Mobile Reading Revolution In Developing Countries

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 5, 2014

Findings show how mobile devices are unlocking literacy potential-

UNESCO publishes largest study of its kind, revealing that underprivileged men and women enjoy reading and are increasingly taking to their mobile phones to do so  
  Top book searches include Harry Potter, Animal Farm, Romeo and Juliet and Twilight,       Romance is the most popular genre, followed by religion

 23 April 2014 _ In celebration of World Book Day, UNESCO, in partnership with Worldreader and Nokia, today released the results of the largest survey ever to be undertaken on mobile reading in the developing world, revealing that mobile devices can significantly help to enhance people_s literacy skills.

Nearly 5,000 people across seven developing countries _ Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Zimbabwe _ were interviewed as part of the research, which discovered that women and girls in particular are benefitting from having a new way to access books, reading on their mobile phones up to six times more than men and boys.

The study also showed that parents regularly read to children using mobile phones, that the vast majority of people enjoy reading more now than they did before they could read on handheld devices and that mobile reading often reverses people_s negative attitudes towards reading. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIM card registration: A chance to formalize an informal economy, digitally

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 6, 2010

By Edward Kustoati

A growing number of sub-Saharan African countries – South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and more recently, Ghana – now require that the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card in a mobile phone be tied to the user’s name.  The main reason: to combat crime.  But I am afraid that with its narrow rationale and focus, this exercise misses the big picture; i.e., a golden opportunity to develop a good database that could become the building blocks for stronger institutions and economic transformation. Read the rest of this entry »

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