Another case study which builds on mobile phone technology in developing countries. Somalia, is a region which has been perplexed by war for over 20 years. This insecurity has created the vast displacement of the population and had caused huge humanitarian problems. Additional to those problems Somalia also has very severe annual droughts and flooding causing extremely difficult living conditions.
Surprisingly with all these national infrastructure problems mobile technology and coverage has exploded, HIF website says "Across Somalia, the mobile communications market has flourished despite (or perhaps because of) the lack of state regulation, resulting in relatively high usage of mobile phones with access to some of the cheapest mobile networks in Africa."
A text system was put in place allowing locals to receive information and communicate problems and feed back to aid workers.
Community leaders were put in place locally to respond to local isolated problems, with the involvement of national support.
Make shift solar panels were put in place to recharge phones in remote regions. Love it!
Clearly again with this case study there is much good which has been done using mobile phone communication even in the most challenging of environments. Even with conflicts and natural disasters being regular occurances across the country, cellular communication continues to be maintained and remains active.
All information has been taken from: http://www.elrha.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/36951-HIf-case-study-DRC-Somalia-proof-v7.pdf