USAID m4Ed4Dev Seminar - eReader

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24 February 2011 - USAID m4Ed4Dev Seminar - eReaders - David Risher, Worldreader.org

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  • Background and numbers on the iREAD pilot study you just witnessed
  • Where once there were no books, now there is this
  • The model is scalable.Required from partner: forces on-the-ground, government support, money, school/library/community center relations
  • USAID m4Ed4Dev Seminar - eReader

    1. 1. Worldreader.org<br />Books For All<br />Presentation to USAID<br />24 Feb 2011<br />
    2. 2. Our mission is to make digital books available to all in the developing world…<br />
    3. 3. …enabling millions of people to improve their lives.<br />
    4. 4. We work with e-readers…<br /><ul><li>A library in a child’s hand
    5. 5. Battery life up to 4 weeks on 1 hour charge
    6. 6. 60-second access to 700,000 books
    7. 7. GSM-based
    8. 8. Near-zero distribution costs
    9. 9. Reading shifts from supply-constrained to demand-based
    10. 10. Rapidly decreasing costs
    11. 11. First-world technology applied to developing world problems</li></li></ul><li>…and a whole lot more.<br />
    12. 12. Current Pilot: iREAD Project<br /><ul><li>500+ students / 6 schools in Ghana
    13. 13. 35,528 books
    14. 14. Local textbooks
    15. 15. Local storybooks
    16. 16. Int’l storybooks
    17. 17. 67% of students download added books/magazines
    18. 18. USAID supports M & E</li></li></ul><li>iREAD Pilot Study, Ghana<br />
    19. 19. Video<br />
    20. 20. What’s on the e-readers?<br />
    21. 21. Worldreader Published Content<br />
    22. 22.
    23. 23.
    24. 24. iREAD M & E<br />Two key questions:<br />Are kids reading more?<br />Are kids reading better?<br />Conducted by ILC Africa, with USAID GDA funding<br />
    25. 25. E-reader Economics<br />
    26. 26. Worldreader economics<br />2015 E-reader cost: $50 + 10%<br />$11/year over 5 years<br />Content: 30% discount off paper books<br />Distribution costs: Near-zero<br />When savings /student > $11/year, <br />E-readers pay for themselves <br />
    27. 27. Worldreader’s E-reader economics<br />
    28. 28. What’s Next: Worldreader in a Box<br />Combine Worldreader program, expertise, & content with local funding and implementation<br />Average of one opportunity / week<br />Kenya<br />Guatemala<br />Mali<br />
    29. 29. What’s next: Worldreader-in-a-Box<br /><ul><li>Expertise
    30. 30. Use
    31. 31. Training, community support
    32. 32. Set-up, logistics, maintenance
    33. 33. Savings
    34. 34. Duty-free import
    35. 35. Discounted device
    36. 36. Donated cases, lights
    37. 37. Content
    38. 38. Local digitized textbooks
    39. 39. Authors’ books
    40. 40. Publisher relations</li></li></ul><li>Sources of Funding<br />
    41. 41. Worldreader Partners<br />Woeli Publishing<br />
    42. 42. Upcoming Projects<br />iREAD 2, Ghana<br />4300 students<br />Total budget: $8,435,000<br />In-Kind / Multilateral Contribution: $6,258,000<br />Content<br />M&E at $830,000<br />Worldreader to Finance: $2,187,00<br />Kilgoris, Kenya<br />50 students<br />Total budget: $324,400<br />In-Kind raised: $283,700<br />Cash required: $50,500<br />(shared: Kilgoris and WR)<br />Worldreader to Finance: $27,300<br />
    43. 43. How to Help<br />Public show of support<br />Partner proposal and evaluation<br />On-the-ground expertise<br />Government relations<br />Local funding for devices<br />Funding for capacity-building <br />
    44. 44. Worldreader.org<br />Books For All<br />

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