Ineke Buskens participates as a speaker in Bretton Woods Online Webinar; Effectively Applying Mobile Technologies to the World Bank’s Development Planning on 7th June 2012

Ineke Buskens was one of three speakers on the Bretton Woods Online Webinar entitled ‘Effectively Applying Mobile Technologies to the World Bank’s Development Planning’. The event took place on Wednesday, 7th June, 2012 at 11:30 am – 12:30pm EST. The Bretton Woods Committee, in cooperation with Development Alternatives, Inc, held this webinar to examine the opportunities and challenges for the World Bank Group to use mobile technologies to meet its objectives.

The subject of the event was described as follows:

Using mobile technologies to achieve development goals (M4D) could present a tremendous opportunity to rapidly meet development objectives, including promoting transparency, supporting skill development, increasing access to health care and education, and expanding economic opportunity.

Yet, focusing on mobile technologies can be seen as a quick fix by governments and development organizations, especially if they choose to invest in M4D rather than tackle complex structural problems. Mobile technologies also remain unevenly incorporated into development planning, as rapid changes in the field make it difficult to anticipate new technologies.

As a critical source of financial and technical assistance around the world, the use of mobile technologies by the World Bank Group presents a chance to accelerate the achievement of development goals or deepen negative impacts.

The webinar can be listened to at:

PowerPoint presentations by the three speakers are available at:

Speakers Include;

Jessica Heinzelman, Senior ICT Specialist, DAI

Tim Kelly, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, infoDev, World Bank

Ineke Buskens, Research Director, Gender Research into Information Communication Technology for Empowerment

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