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Wireless communication and poverty reduction in India – Where do we go from here?

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Humanitarian Centre ICT4D seminar supported by Cambridge Wireless

Wireless communication is having a major impact on poverty in India. Mobile phones are being used by poor people for mobile banking, to engage in markets, find jobs and access health and education services.

In this seminar, we will hear from experts in mobile communications and development in India:

  • Mr M Swaminathan, Senior Vice-President from Reliance Communications Ltd, the largest mobile provider in India.
  • Mr Shiv Kumar Narayan from Catalyst Management Services, a leading development consultancy company in Bangalore.  
In the seminar, the speakers will:
  • Outline the main lessons learned in using wireless communication to promote economic development and poverty reduction in India
  • Identify key technical, business and social challenges to scaling up these efforts;
  • Facilitate an interactive session with participants to discuss how these problems can be tackled.
  Delegates are welcome to arrive from 6.00pm for refreshments before the seminar starts at 6.30pm. After the seminar there will be a drinks reception with the opportunity for networking. Follow-up meetings will be held at the Judge Business School on 30th July to explore possible partnerships between companies, social enterprises and individuals in Cambridge and Bangalore to respond to these challenges.

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This event is organised by the Humanitarian Centre and supported by Cambridge Wireless. It is part of a themed year on  ICT4D  (ICT for Development) run by the Humanitarian Centre in partnership with  ARM .   Throughout 2010-11, the Centre is running events, training and an online directory to engage with a range of audiences interested in ICT4D , including NGOs, academics and the private sector. For more information, visit:


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