initiative was introduced during the seventh UNGIS Working Level meeting in
May 2011. The objective of this initiative is to identify key policy initiatives
and add value to the existing programmes and projects by facilitating synergies
and joint efforts in order to maximize coordinated action, coherence and
effectiveness towards implementing successful Mobile for Development Projects.
UNGIS Joint Initiative on Mobile for Development Session, 9:00 - 9:30, 26
October 2011, ITU Telecom World 2011
Mobile Phone Technology has been a prime mover in socio- economic development at
a national, regional and international level. A UN Group on the Information
Society (UNGIS) high-level session on Mobile for Development was held during ITU
TELECOM World 2011. This session was organized as part of the UNGIS joint
initiative on Mobile for Development, led by ITU.
The session was well attended
by stakeholders from all walks of life, including the Private Sector,
Governments, UN Agencies and Civil Society who discussed and debated substantive
international and National policy issues in area of Mobile for Development.
Context Setters from different UN Agencies shared experiences of their
respective UN Agency in the area of Mobile for Development. This spurred a good
debate on issues ranging from e waste, m health, infrastructure, alternate
energy sources to use of mobiles for women and children.
It is widely accepted
by several countries, institutions and private sector organizations that Mobile
Technology has led to socio- economic development, both in qualitative and
quantitative terms at a national, regional and international level.
session participants discussed and debated policy and development environments
that have successfully fostered the mobile revolution in the developing world.
The key questions that will be discussed were:
How can the UN develop win-win partnerships with different
stakeholders in Mobile for Development?
What role do international
organizations play in promoting Mobile Growth as a critical part of Development
How is the end user benefiting from innovation this area?
Collection of Best Practices: WSIS Stocktaking
The High-level session at TELECOM was supplemented by best practices collected
through the WSIS Stocktaking Platform. As part of the preparatory process, the
main focus was on collecting:
Click here to view some submissions by UNGIS members.
Each context setter was allotted five minutes for their intervention. The
context setters will provide some examples reflecting:
some projects their agency is implementing in the area of Mobile for
share good practices displaying successful win –win partnerships especially
with the private sector
some regulations and policies in this area that have fostered socio-
Moderator: Dr. Yury Grin, Deputy Director, BDT, ITU
Mr Doyle Gallegos, Global Practice Leader Connectivity Infrastructure and
Lead ICT Policy Specialist, The World Bank
A key driver: World Bank enabling environment - policy and regulatory
A balanced approach to mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure
Description of mobile applications initiatives: labs, social networking
hubs, challenges for developers, the water hackathon;
Supporting analytical work and research.
Mr Matthias Kern, Senior Programme Officer, UNEP-Secretariat of the
Need for environmentally sound management of end-of-life mobiles:
Dumping and un-sound disposal of mobiles have negative impact on health
Promotion of mobiles in the context of the product life-cycle;
Sound management and disposal of end-of-life mobiles provide economic
opportunities (reuse, refurbishment, recycling)
Job creation in take-back, dismantling and disposal operations.
Dr Misha George Kay, World Health Organization, Manager, Global
Observatory for eHealth
Overview of the mobile health (mHealth) landscape in developing
Barriers to mHealth implementation
Standards, data security and policy
Need for evaluation
Mr Christian Larsson, Chief, IT Programs & Quality Assurance, Division
of IT Solutions & Services (ITSS), UNICEF, New York
UNICEF’s equity agenda and mobile for development innovation
Brief examples from the field to date
Strategic choices, partnerships and organizational governance
Summary of recommendation from internal studies and lessons learned
Format of the Session:
Key points / Questions raised during the workshop :
Private Sector -Shayan, Canada: Use of Mobiles to deliver value added
services is a good idea– do we have statistics on the number of handsets
available in different parts of the world?
Civil Society- Ahmed Eisa, Sudan: It is important to note that several
countries still face the issue of limited access to ICTs , limited power
Private Sector -Richard, Telecom, South Africa: While talking about m health
it is very important to discuss ethics and the reliability of telemedicine
Private Sector-BT, UK: Role of and investment by Private Sector in mobile
for development applications.
Civil Society- NGO, Japan : Development is a very complex issue – how do you
integrate infrastructure, social/cultural issues and access in order to
bring the benefits of Mobile to Development issues. How do UN agencies work
together bringing their expertise and specializations to best use limited
Private Sector- Ensuring protection of personal data in providing value
added services through mobile technology
Private Sector- Ghana: Is there any work being done on Solar Power /
alternate energy sources in the area of mobile application for Development?
UN, WHO- Geneva: Use of mobile technologies for Tobacco initiatives , call