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In a continent where internet penetration is low,
mobile technology especially phones can act as an empowerment tool for the
majority of African people.  It is
evident that in Africa, the existing digital divide is not going to be bridged
with Computers and the internet .it is being overcome through Mobile phones which a great majority of
people on the continent own and or have access to.
Networking
without your Computer
A variety of mobile handsets
Although many people argue that the
penetration of Mobile phones into Africa is being overrated, it is true that
for once in decades; Africans now have mass communication that is interactive.
The people who were once excluded from vital
information are increasingly using cell phones to advance their own well-being
and that of their families.  This technological revolution is boosting
local economies, bringing information to remote corners of the world, and
saving lives. Africa is the region with the highest annual growth rate in
mobile phone subscribers worldwide. According
to International Telecommunications Union, there are 6 billion Mobile Phone subscriptions
Globally  (ITU,2011) with over 1 Billion people in Africa, 41% 
having access to mobile phones. 
 

With
the existing Literacy, skills and electricity shortage in Africa, it seems to
be a fantasy rather than a reality to promote a larger use of online media in
Africa. However, Africa can overcome this through the use of Mobile Technology.
It’s almost a year since I joined Text to change a mobile for development organization
with both offices in Uganda and Netherlands but operating in many African
Countries and some in South America. From my experience of managing a maternal
health project; I have learned to appreciate the value of mobile phones for
Women who are usually underserved and or in rural areas.
It’s
evident that there is a huge difference in terms of access, use,
application and control of mobile phones between men and women. Whereas, we all
agree that ICTs can enable both men and women to gain stronger voice in their
communities and that mobile phones can specifically offer women flexibility in
time and space, this is far from reality for many rural women here in Uganda. A
big gender gap exists in accessing communication services. More men than women
access/make use of ICTs.
Given
women’s multiple gender roles and heavy domestic responsibilities, their
leisure hours are few and therefore need a tool that can effectively reduce the “distance” between them as
individuals and institutions thereby making sharing of information and
knowledge easier and more effective. The mobile phone comes in handy.
About Text to Change:
Text to Change (TTC) has a wide range of experience
in conceptualizing, managing and analyzing mobile phone-based
programs. We developed a flexible and easily scalable mobile platform, with
state-of-the-art tools and techniques, to send out and receive text messages,
mms, voice and data. TTC also has strong relationships within the mobile
industry in the countries they work in. Therefore we deliver the full package
from database and software development to content development, data analysis
and interpretation as well as the visualization and reporting, based on our
partner’s needs.  Read more here http://www.texttochange.org/about-ttc