Friday, 4 July 2014

SmartPhone is the telecentre in 2014

In mid 1990s, when we had introduced telecentres, 'the rural poor communities - got excited to touch the PCs' for the first time in their life. But, telecentres failed to attract them again and again, as PCs were still complicated to their simple lives defined by illiteracy, low income (below $2 / day) and low infrastructure (unstable electricity etc.). Then came mobile phone and now we are with Android Tabs; 'huh - Google Map is great' - they can now connect with the technology. The device is simple enough to understand, intuitive enough to operate - no need to push too many buttons. It is just a touch (of the screen icon) and it unfolds...something that can connect with their simple imagination'

With over 10 rural communities Sarvodaya-Fusion has experimented introducing Android devices as shared devices to leverage the on-going development programs such as micro-finance. This video captures a story how single SmartPhone could transform the lives of one village community in Sri Lanka.

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