Could mobile telephony be harnessed for development in Papua New Guinea?

Watson, Amanda H.A. (2012) Could mobile telephony be harnessed for development in Papua New Guinea? Contemporary PNG Studies : DWU Research Journal, 17, pp. 46-52.

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Could mobile telephony be harnessed for development in Papua New Guinea (PNG)? Could mobile phones be utilised to enhance the security and prosperity of rural communities? Could mobile phones be a useful tool in the achievement of the PNG 2050 Vision targets? This paper is based on literature review around use of mobile phones in development in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. It also draws on discussions with key players in PNG, such as NGOs, UN agencies, donor partners, telecommunication companies and the government of PNG. Anticipated benefits of mobile phone availability have not been fully realised in rural areas of PNG to date due to pricing, difficulties with recharging handset batteries in communities which do not have mains electricity supply, and also concerns about negative social changes related to mobile telephony, for example parental stress over youth forming unsuitable relationships. Nonetheless, there are manifest possible ways for mobile phone technology to change user communication patterns positively regarding economic output. In sectors as diverse as health, education and law and justice, discussions are currently underway to establish how mobile phones could be used to increase service delivery, particularly to rural and marginal communities.

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ID Code: 58325
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Mobile Phone, Communication, Papua New Guinea, Pacific, Melanesia
ISSN: 1814-0351
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Divine Word University (DWU) Press
Deposited On: 18 Mar 2013 04:05
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2014 14:26

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