Cell phones have become an indispensable element or our lives. The small screen that holds hundreds of applications and resources for work or play facilitates our day-to-day life. And, in developing countries, the cell phone can be a powerful tool for improving the health, education or the income of the poorest people.
Today, there are more cell phone connections that people in the world, according to data from the Global System for Mobile Association (GSMA), which estimates that seven out of ten inhabitants of the planet have access to a cell phone.
The majority of these people live in developing countries. The mobile penetration rate is so high that, for example, in Africa, it´s easier to find a cell phone than to find drinkable water, according to a recent study by the World Water Council ( WWC) . And although in many cases, the devices being used only have voice and SMS services, the arrival of cell phones has served to improve the quality of life of millions of people.
In the world today, there are more than 65 million people who have had to abandon their homes, fleeing from poverty or war. Some 75% of these refugees have a cell phone and connectivity is one of their priorities. Specific applications have been created to help them to do the paperwork required for their travels or resume contact with their families.
In the world today, there are 263 million children that do not attend school, whether for lack of resources in their countries or because they are displaced from their homes. The cell phone can be a powerful ally in the education of these young people.