Mali Gets a Mention in State of the Union. But To What End?

Here is a key passage of the President’s State of the Union address last night relevant to the United Nations.

Six Business Models to Increase Internet Access in Mali

Research shows that increasing access to information communication and technology (ICT) increases economic growth. In Mali, access to ICT products – especially the Internet – is extremely limited. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), one percent of Malians have access to it; this is one of the lowest rates in Africa.

Modeles d'Entreprises en vue d'Ameliorer l'Access a l'Internet au Mali

La recherche montre que l’amélioration de l’accès aux technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) accélère la croissance économique. Au Mali, l’accès aux produits des TIC – en particulier l’Internet – est extrêmement limité. Selon l’Union internationale des télécommunications (UIT), seul un pour cent des Maliens y a accès, soit l’un des taux les plus faibles en Afrique.

An Example of Youth-Led Community Change in Mali

For the past couple years, I’ve been supporting the Youth Empowerment through Arts and Media (YETAM) project in 6 African countries. One of the best things about being involved in the project is the opportunity to work with some incredible people who are developing the program strategies and implementing YETAM on the ground.  Bedo, the child media program coordinator in Plan Mali, is one of those people I’ve been lucky enough to work with.

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