Mobile phones tackle poverty

Forever and a day, there has been much hype about the potential for ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) to change peoples’ lives. While I have never doubted that, it has been something rather obscure to prove. Here is a rather succinct infographic (don’t you love infographics for the way they just make complex things look simple?) that says so much in just a few pics. It’s a big heading: Mobile phones tackle poverty, but here you can see the impact of using mobiles on GDP, feelings of safety, income generation, health, education, transparency, corruption, access to markets, citizen information and banking. While there are not too many statistics in this infographic, it’s a nice overview of some “potential” and some reality.