This paper investigates the growth of mobile technology, especially cell phones in Asia and Africa, and the relationship between communication technology and its impact on the social and economic development of the impoverished segments. The study will serve to advance the understanding of how mobile technologies are helping the destitute to improve their socio-economic status and become more self sufficient, productive members of the community. For the poor, mobile technology is causing a shift from the norm of being isolated and in the background of the society to becoming proactive and contributing members of the community. Ubiquitous mobile technology is augmenting general awareness at the grassroots level by improving communication and timely access to information, thus giving the poor feelings of empowerment, independence, and self-esteem.
|Keywords:||Cell Phone, Mobile Phone, Poverty Alleviation, Mobile Phones and Poverty Mitigation|
Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, Department of Computer Studies, Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC, USA