Posted on 21 March 2014
Internet will spread out quickly in the coming years throughout Bangladesh. In Europe as well as the USA, the increased availability and quality of Internet has changed the way communication, business and information is transferred. The objective of the study was to assess the potential of this amazing development for Bangladesh. For this, we made inventory of existing mobile initiatives for development worldwide, interviewed twenty organisations that are active in international cooperation and ICT in Bangladesh, studied the inefficiencies identified in the project IPSWAM (predecessor of Blue Gold) and interviewed the key experts and a number of beneficiaries in programme.
On this basis, we identified a number of mobile solutions for Blue Gold and propose very specific follow-up actions. Parallel to the study, we developed some experimental software: Via the application "Eye on Infrastructure`` a user can report damage to infrastructure by sending an SMS. Via "Blue Gold Viewer' a user can have a look at some of the data that is available with other data sources, for the beneficiaries of Blue Gold.