By Laura Walker Hudson, Guest Columnist
FrontlineSMS grew out of a conviction that mobile could be a more powerful tool if it was made completely accessible to smaller teams and projects as a professional tool. Also known as text messaging, SMS is the most widespread digital communications platform to date and is still growing. The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Service Adoption Forecast predicts that 90% of global mobile subscribers will be using SMS by 2016, up from 74% in 2011.
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Tags: africa, FrontlineSMS, Kenya, mobile technology, mobile vni forecast, NGO, sms, text messaging, vni, VNI-SA
By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist
Last year, I wrote a series of editorials about how mobile data services — mobile agriculture and banking in particular — are becoming major economic drivers in developing economies. While these services can benefit all people in regions under-served by traditional infrastructure, women may benefit in particular.
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Tags: economic development, GSMA, infrastructure, mobile applications, mWomen, NGO
Forbes Magazine is famous for its lists — think “The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities” or “America’s Best Small Companies.”
Recently, the magazine issued a new list that is particularly relevant to Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts: “The Impact 30,” a list of the world’s top social entrepreneurs.
Forbes defines a social entrepreneur as “a person who uses business to solve social issues.” Here in Cisco CSR, we encounter social entrepreneurs every day. In fact, a few people on the Impact 30 list work for educational organizations we’ve partnered with over the years. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, ciscocsr, corporatesocialresponsibility, CSR, economic development, economicempowerment, Forbes, impact30, impactmultiplied, New Leaders, NGO, nonprofits, Samasource, society, teach for america