This report was developed by the e-governance and Access to Information team in the
Democratic Governance Group at UNDPs Bureau for Development Policy, New York.
In this document various advantages of mobile technologies are mentioned, how they
are creating new channels of communication between people and government and offering
access to public information and basic services to people that previously had little
to no access.
Mobiles can reach remote areas more effectively than other ICTs such as the Internet
or fixed phone lines and sometimes mobile devices are simply the only option available.
"Mobile technologies are starting to have an indelible impact on human development,
enhancing democratic governance and other development areas such as health, education,
agriculture, employment, crisis prevention and the environment".
For people in rural areas mobile technologies can help them reduce the information
gaps and give them access to market information from remote locations increasing trade
and reducing travel costs.
"They are also being used to educate and keep citizens and vulnerable stakeholders
abreast of environmental and energy-related issues, including weather patterns, climate
change and responsible environmental stewardship".