The Inclusive Business Alliance for ICT is one of six alliances formed around the Inclusive Business Co-creation Accelerator, a 3-year programme seeking to benefit the actors and initiatives within this alliance.
The challenge: Leverage the global proliferation of 7 billion mobile phone subscriptions and over 2 billion mobile broadband subscriptions as an enabler for common economic and social benefit
The challenge and opportunity for ICT with the BoP is quite different from the other sectors. While access to energy, clean water and healthcare remains elusive, more people own mobile phones than toothbrushes, and more people have access to mobile phones than toilets. In fact, the number of mobile phones is estimated to have exceeded the world’s population in 2014. Mobile 44 communications “offer major opportunities to advance human and economic development – from providing basic access to health information to making cash payments, spurring job creation, and stimulating citizen involvement in democratic processes”. A significant opportunity comes from leveraging ICT as an enabler for development, and to enable other sectors.
For more information about the challenge and opportunity in this sector, as well as an outline of Swedish capabilities and initiatives, please refer to the sector summary from the Inclusive Business Agenda here.
A collaborative alliance
The alliance is managed by Inclusive Business Sweden in collaboration with Swedish ICT. Swedish ICT businesses and other organisations are welcome to join the alliance to collaborate around addressing this challenge.
Our ambition by 2030…
Co-creating a comprehensive set of ICT solutions in 30 developing countries benefiting and empowering 100 million people
Current plans for 2015 – 2017 include to facilitate ongoing collaboration between peers, link actors with international partners, establish local and international forums for co-creation and innovation, enable access to financing, and establish other sector-wide initiatives. So if you want to benefit, make sure to join us below!
We encourage you to participate and co-create to benefit from these activities:
- Collaboration will be managed through an open LinkedIn group – join here!
- Actors will be encouraged, supported and potentially financed to act
- The ecosystem of partners, participants and initiatives will be mapped and shared (please see below)
- Alliances will be linked with international partners to support co-creation
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Join the alliance
Actors can join the alliance as partners or participants:
- Partners are active – committed to the sector ambition and willing to act collaboratively towards that ambition
- Participants are passive – interested in staying the loop with alliance activities
Swedish organisations can join the alliance by filling out the form below. Once that’s done, we will get back to you shortly with more information. Please note that joining the alliance does not represent a contractual or highly formal commitment, but rather an intention to co-create and collaborate around inclusive business activities.
At this year’s Inclusive Business Forum, where about 180 participants from business, government and academia gathered around the theme Co-create the Future, collaborative workshops were held to set forth the what, the why, the how and the who of achieving the alliance ambitions. Clicking on the image to the left will allow you to view the results of the workshop.
Need more information?
Please don’t hesitate to contact us, or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.