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Mobile Innovations for Social and Economic Transformation

September 16, 2009
 9:00 am - 5:15 p.m ET (GMT-4)

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Event Description

'Explosive' is the only way to describe mobile phone growth. Over half of the world's 6.5 billion people now use a mobile and over 60 percent of mobile phone users live in developing countries. Mobile-based innovations are quickly emerging as the new frontier in transforming government, health, banking, education and many other sectors due to fast growing penetration of mobile phones even in the poorest and remotest areas of the globe. Many services can be now made available on a 24x7x365 basis at any place in the world covered by mobile networks, which today means almost everywhere. Through mobiles, for the first time ever, many public and private services have now reached poor households and communities. The demand for mobile applications is fast picking up developing countries. The multitude of highly innovative applications have been developed for mobile banking and payments, phone based information services for farmers and fishermen, locations based medical services and monitoring and data collection in the health sector, to name a few. However, the enormous potential of mobile devices for transforming delivery of public and financial services is still largely untapped.

This workshop aimed to raise awareness of the transformational role mobile technologies can play in improving service delivery, efficiency and transparency by show-casing mobile-enabled innovations in a number of sectors and identifying emerging lessons learned and ways to scale up for achieving operational efficiencies and development impact.


9:00 -10:15 am    Session 1: Overview of Mobile Innovations Space and Enabling Environment

                       Chair Introduction:  Deepak Bhatia, Lead e-Government Specialist, GICT
                       Opening Remarks:  Philippe Dongier, Sector Manager, GICT
                       The Opportunity for Mobile Services in Developing World
                        Brooke Partridge, CEO, Vital Wave Consulting
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 Commentary:  Rajendra Singh, Sr. Regulatory Specialist, GICT and Yong
                        Huyn Kwon, Sr. Information Officer, GICT    download presentation

Detailed live summary of Session 1 by Florian Sturm of (special thanks to Florian who is sitting somewhere in an Internet cafe in Ghana and doing this great service for our community!)

10:15 -10:30 am   Coffee Break

10:30 -11:45 am   Session 2: Mobile Innovations in Financial Services 


Chair Introduction:  Arata Onoguchi    download presentation

DRC ex-Combatant Allowance Payment Project
Roisin De Burca, Senior Social Development Specialist, WB
Miyanda Mulambo, Managing Director, Celpay Zambia Ltd.   download presentation Banking the Poor via G2P Payments
Sarah Rotman, Associate Microfinance Analyst, CGAP   download presentation

Key Areas of Mobile Payments / Pre-paid Value Card Solutions
Harish Natarajan, Payment Systems Specialist, WB  download presentation   

Commentary:  Andi Dervishi, Global Practice Lead, Investments in Payments, IFC



Detailed live summary of Session 2 by Florian Sturm of


11:45 - 1:00 pm    Session 3:  Mobile Innovations in Health


Chair Introduction:  Arleen Seed, Senior eGovernment Specialist

Mobile Communications for Health
Brendan Smith, Senior Consultant, Vital Wave Consulting   download presentation
Rwanda Case Study
Pamela Johnson, Co-Founder and Chief Health Officer, Voxiva;    download presentation
Ruton Hinda, TRACplus       
Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Voxiva SARL.

Commentary by Andi Dervishi, Global Practice Lead, Investments in Payments, IFC



Detailed live summary of Session 3 by Florian Sturm of 



 1:00 - 2:30 pm     Working Lunch & Session 4:  Mobile Innovations in Education


Introduction:  Mike Trucano, Sr. ICT Policy Specialist

Reaching Out to Transform Education
Mohamed Ally, Professor, Athabasca University    download presentation

Q & A – 1 (10 min.)

Improving Quality of Education through Innovative Use of Mobile Technology
Kate Place, Program Manager, International Youth Foundation, BridgeIT   download presentation

Commentary: Leigh Jaschke, 

Q & A - 2


Detailed live summary of Session 4 by Florian Sturm of


  2:30 -3:45 pm       Session 5: Mobile Applications in Agriculture and Rural Development


Introduction:  Tim Kelly, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, WB

Framing the Topic and Learning from Experience  

                     Kerry McNamara, Consultant, ARD    download presentation

David Edelstein, Director of ICT Innovation, Grameen Foundation    download presentation

Aparajita Goyal, Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank
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ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook - Kerry McNamara

Q & A


Detailed live summary of Session 5 by Florian Sturm of



  3:45 - 4:00 pm      Coffee Break

  4:00-- 5:15 pm      Session 6:  Mobile Innovations in Governance

Introduction:  Alfredo Gonzalez, WBI
Mobile Phones for Good Governance – Scaling Up Issues
Johan Hellstrom, ICT Specialist Stockholm University
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Katrin Verclas, Co-Founder and Editor, MobileActive.Org   download presentation
Boris Weber, WBI   download presentation

Q & A  

Detailed live summary of Session 6 by Florian Sturm of  and overall brief summary 

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