How do cellphones benefit vulnerable people? Lessons from farming cooperatives in Lesotho
- Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme (RHVP)
In April 2006, the Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme published a brief called “Upwardly Mobile: Delivering Social Protection by Cellphone”. As part of its remit to build evidence on innovative approaches to develop better, more dynamic ways of tackling both acute hunger and chronic, predictable vulnerability, this brief outlined an idea for building on the growing penetration of mobile telephony within Africa: providing cellphones to beneficiary households with a monthly top-up so that they could sell or trade network services (such as phone calls and text messages) to generate income.
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