Dialing for Development

A benefit-feasibility quadrant from the December 2007 working paper on “Going Wireless: Dialing for Development. How Mobile Devices are Transforming Economic Development at the Base of the Pyramid” by David Lehr, Acumen Fund.

Feasibility includes likely financial, technical, cultural, political and regulatory constraints.

The size or volume of bubble represents disruption possibilities within the sector.

Mobile for Development

The paper highlights mobile solutions from all over the world, provides a handy mobile project implementation checklist, and suggests nine best practices essential for mobile application development (which in fact is worth considering for ALL software or application development):

  1. Listen to Users Early and Often
  2. Contribute to Financial and Business Viability
  3. Utilize Rapid Prototyping
  4. Do Not Underestimate the Costs of Market Education
  5. Acknowledge the Power of Incumbents and Regulatory Challenges
  6. Heed Hardware Limitations and Existing Technology Usage
  7. Acknowledge the High Costs of Technology and Implementation
  8. Think Like a Network
  9. Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

Download Going Wireless: Dialing for Development. How Mobile Devices are Transforming Economic Development at the Base of the Pyramid

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