Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cell Phones Fights Isolation and Poverty in Remote Areas

In Jeffery Sach’s book, The End of Poverty, he states "The cell phone is the single most transformative technology for development," This observation was made after he toured sub-Saharan Africa in 2005 and studied the poor conditions, noting a lack of cellular technology in more isolated regions that also had poor drinking water, feast-and-famine crop cycles and rampant malaria infections. "Poverty is almost equated with isolation in many places of the world”, Sach’s states in his book. Years later, cell phone service is widespread and ownership is reaching as high as 30% in some previously isolated areas. As this technology grows, it makes it easier for those in remote areas to call for medical assistance, operate a small business or manage personal banking and savings.

Check out Jeffery Sach’s book, The End of Poverty