50% of my internship time with IDRC is spent conducting research in my field of interest. Since April, I have been preparing for the lead up to my field study on mobile phones and poverty reduction.
Mobile Cell Phone & Poverty Reduction in Africa
Mobile Phones & Poverty Reduction IDRC Field Study: June 4 - July 17, 2007 Kathleen Diga Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kdiga/
Research Problem: <ul><li>1) how access to mobile phones and mobile phone services affect the spending behaviours within poor households in Eastern Africa, and </li></ul><ul><li>2) how have these adjustments in spending habits within homes actually assisted the poor out of poverty. </li></ul>
Research Timeline mobile diaries, Focus Groups, Household Interviews Kambakia, Meru, Kenya Conduct field work in Kenya July 2007 mobile diaries, Focus Groups, Household Interviews Katote, Wakiso, Uganda Conduct field work in Uganda June 2007 request dataset from RIA! 2004 Johannesburg, South Africa Meet partner LINK Centre (Wits) May 28-31, 2007 research manual, research tools Durban, South Africa Draft on report - Research Design / Methodology May 2007 secure facilitation for study Kampala, Uganda RIA!/PICTURE Training April 22-24, 2007