The World Bank has just published a useful new report entitled Maximizing Mobile (full report .pdf). This “report analyzes the growth and evolution of applications for mobile phones, focusing on their use in agriculture, health and financial services, as well as their impact on employment and government. It also explores the consequences for development of the emerging ‘app economy’, summarizing current thinking and seeking to inform the debate on the use of mobile phones for development. It’s no longer about the phone itself, but about how it is used, and the content and applications that mobile phones open”.
Individuals chapters address the use of mobile devices in agriculture, health, finance, entrepreneurship, and government. A final chapter provides insights on financing mobile broadband.