In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), vast geographical distances and difficult transport conditions make distribution of funds a challenge. Under the USAID PAQUED project, 27,600 Ministry of Education teachers received their per diem and payments through mobile money. While it is often difficult to synchronize the lists of teachers who are entitled to receive funds against those who attend the training, the registration required for mobile money payments provides a ready-made cross-check functionality that safeguards against fraud.
Mobile phone platform brings m-learning to Malian youth
December 11, 2013
Like other Malian youth, Mariam Coulibaly enjoys using her mobile phone to call family and friends and to listen to music. But today, she is using her phone in a different way: to practice reading and writing in her own language—Bambara.
The Education Development Centre, Inc. (EDC), an international NGO based in the US, will soon introduce mobile libraries to simplify easy access to text books in Rwanda. The five-year project will be implemented in collaboration with the Peace Corps, a US volunteer service organization, and funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) at a cost of $20 million.
For two decades, Mali has enjoyed remarkable political stability characterized by four rounds of peaceful presidential and legislative elections and the proliferation of civil society organizations and private media outlets. In this sense, the country has been something of an anomaly in a sub-region where neighbors have been plagued by political repression and an absence of democratic freedoms.
Somali youth are learning from the USAID sponsored soap opera 'Dab iyo Dahab' that being good at math is not the same as knowing how to manage a household budget or run a business. In English, the title means 'Fire and Gold.'
EDC transforms learning using technology tailored to the context, from radio to Internet connectivity to mobile phones and SMS texts. EDC collaborates with its partners to ensure that its solutions support learning that is accessible, mobile, scalable, and effective.