Global Voices is a new segment of D: Dive Into Mobile, bringing together individuals from around the world who have experienced firsthand how mobile technology is transforming lives.
Co-founder and Country Director
Maendeleo Foundation Uganda
A development economist by trade, Uganda’s Asia Kamukama is co-founder and country director for Maendeleo Foundation Uganda. She helped establish a solar-powered computer classroom in an effort to help bring economic and educational benefits to rural and suburban communities. The lab uses 15 Classmate computers from Intel.
Bangladeshi-American artist and entrepreneur Kamal Quadir is CEO of bKash, a mobile money service that offers millions of unbanked people access to financial services through basic cellphones. Earlier, he founded CellBazaar, a communications company that introduced a mobile-phone-based electronic marketplace and gained 4.5 million users.
With educational content that reaches millions of children in more than 150 countries, Sesame Workshop can be regarded as the largest informal educator of children worldwide, using the power of media to help children reach their highest potential. Known for its television programs, Sesame Workshop uses multiple media platforms to reach children where they are. Recently, it began to harness the potential of mobile technologies to reach educators and families. From the United States to India to China, Sesame Workshop has developed innovative educational content for mobile platforms that include apps, e-books, streaming audio, and teacher training via IVRS. And as mobile phones become increasingly convergent devices, they allow Sesame Workshop to reach children and families that may have limited access to traditional media channels.