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NRBuzz: Design for? Design with? Design by?

It is said that the future is in the ‘Base of the Pyramid’ and Prahalad proposes that we stop thinking of the poor as victims and instead start seeing them as resilient and creative entrepreneurs as well as value-demanding consumers eager to adopt new innovations (Prahalad, 2005). How then do we develop great designs for […]

How BoP in Kenya Use Phones for Income Generation: Videos

iHub Research and Research Solutions Africa conducted a 6-month study in 2012 to increase the understanding of usage of mobile services, products, and applications at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) and to understand their potential for economic and social empowerment. With the cost of mobile devices decreasing and such devices increasingly being considered as […]

In Praise of the ICT Middleman

By Chris Foster How many times have you heard it said in ICT business discussions “we need to get rid of the middleman” or “too many intermediaries are making our operations inefficient”? Some might even say that the whole point of ICTs is to bring innovation directly to citizens and remove those actors in the […]

Final report released on how base of the pyramid (BoP) Kenyans use mobile phones

iHub Research, Research Solutions Africa, and infoDev have released the final report looking at how Kenyans living on less than $2.50 a day are using mobile phones. The Kenya case study is part of a large, multi-country research commissioned by infoDev about the use of mobile phones at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP), the poorest people around the […]

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