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AFRIK-IT  February 2007

AFRIK-IT February 2007

Subject:

Mobiles and Development - UK Workshop: Call for Abstracts

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Dr Richard Heeks <[log in to unmask]>

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Workshop on "Mobiles and Development: The Contribution of Mobile Devices to
Development"
Wednesday 16th May 2007
Development Informatics Group, University of Manchester

This is a call for abstracts and first announcement of a workshop of the UK
Development Studies Association "Information, Technology and Development" study
group on the relation of mobile devices to socio-economic development.

According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), there are now more
mobile subscribers than fixed line subscribers, and mobile teledensity rates
continue to outstrip fixed teledensity in every region of the world.  ITU
statistics show a global increase from approximately 740 million mobile
subscribers in 2000 to 2.2 billion subscribers  more than one-third of the
world's population  by the end of 2005. With one million new subscribers every
day, it is estimated that almost four billion people will have a mobile phone
by the end of 2010.

Rising uptake of mobile phones is indicative of the huge potential mobile
devices have in reaching significant portions of erstwhile excluded
populations.  This workshop will bring together field evidence on the use of
mobile devices in delivering development objectives in a range of developing
and developed countries.  It will explore the application of mobile devices to
health, education, economic and social empowerment, human rights, commerce,
etc.

Interested presenters should in the first instance submit an abstract of no more
than 300 words to [log in to unmask]  Please include "Mobiles and
Development Workshop" in the Subject field of your email.  Paper submissions
should be sent to: Dr Abi Jagun, Development Informatics Group, IDPM, School of
Environment and Development, Precinct Centre, University of Manchester, 
Manchester, M13 9QH, UK.  Abstracts should be received no later than Wednesday
28 February 2007.

Participants wishing to attend should complete and return a registration form to
the address above no later than Monday 30 April 2007.  Details of the workshop
and a copy of the registration form can be found at:
http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/idpm/research/events/mobile.htm

Attendance is free of charge and some support for within-UK-only travel costs
may be available to presenters who are members of the Development Studies
Association: please contact Richard Heeks ([log in to unmask]) 
convenor of the I,T&D study group  in advance of the workshop.

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