October 1, 2015
Category : 3-2-1 On Demand Messaging
Industry experts engaged in Mobile for Development (M4D) in Africa will be convening in Cape Town, South Africa this month to promote “Accelerating Social and Economic Empowerment.” Key among these advocates will be HNI.
The event is Mobile 360–Africa, convened by GSMA, a trade association for actors in the mobile industry: operators, regulators, policy makers, and service providers.
But also NGOs, such as HNI, which has partnered with GSMA across four of the programs that will be represented in Cape Town.
The opportunity and the challenge to be addressed at Mobile 360–Africa is summarized on the event website:
Key socio-economic impacts from the use of mobile-based services include improved access to health, finance and education and improved quality in the delivery of public services.
Yet despite some exciting growth, there are still strides to be made. Even with increasing adoption and affordability, there remains a significant proportion of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa who do not have access to the internet.
HNI brings to this forum our experience providing access to life-enhancing information via mobile phones, plus an extensive collaboration with the GSMA across Africa:
- Providing on-demand Gender Equality content in Madagascar and Malawi with our 3-2-1 Service.
- Undertaking quantitative and qualitative research on the Social and Commercial impact of the 3-2-1 Service.
- Providing on-demand mNutrition/mHealth content on our 3-2-1 Service in Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
- Providing on-demand mAgri content that incorporates mobile money education on the 3-2-1 Service in Malawi.
HNI Regional Director for East & Southern Africa, Kellen Eilerts, will participate in a panel discussion on “Overcoming Barriers to Reaching Women at Scale.”