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VOIce-based Community-cEntric mobile Services for social development

VOIce-based Community-cEntric mobile Services for social development

Objective

There is widespread agreement that ICT services have the potential to play a major role in furthering social development in developing economies such as those in Africa. However, while there is a great deal of potential and opportunity, the amount and scope of actual mobile ICT services currently in existence in African countries is very limited.
The Mobile Web for Social Development Roadmap, recently published as a result of the FP7 Digital World Forum project, makes it clear that realizing the potential of mobile ICT services requires addressing two major types of challenges:1. The leveraging of content that is locally relevant; and2. The removal of a range of access barriers, notably limitations related to access channels, literacy, and languages.
VOICES intends to take a major step forward in realizing the potential of mobile ICT services particularly in the African context and resolve key challenges outlined in the Mobile Web for Social Development Roadmap. To this end, the objectives of VOICES are to deliver:• Open and wider access: VOICES will improve voice-based access to content and mobile ICT services by building a toolbox for the development of voice services.• Integration of Local Community Radios and ICT.• Better support of languages: It will deliver tool support and methodology for under researched and under resourced African languages.• Long-term sustainability: To ensure the local adoption and exploitation of the VOICES tools and methods beyond the project, it will provide a sustainable architecture.• Faster uptake: VOICES will furthermore enhance uptake by delivering a mobile training lab that offers capacity building for local partners.
VOICES will demonstrate the fitness of its results for adaptation to the African context by extensive local pilots and associated community building, namely through the focus on health services in Senegal, and agricultural and regreening knowledge sharing in the Sahel countries.

Coordinator

GEIE ERCIM

Address

Route Des Lucioles 2004 Sophia Antipolis
06410 Biot

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 159 969

Administrative Contact

Jessica Michel (Mrs.)

Participants (12)

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WORLD WIDE WEB FOUNDATION

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 273 884

FONDATION MERIEUX

France

EU Contribution

€ 66 000

ORANGE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 291 940

CENTRO DI RICERCA, SVILUPPO E STUDI SUPERIORI IN SARDEGNA SOCIETÀ A RESPONSABILITÀ LIMITATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 193 903

SAHEL ECO

Mali

EU Contribution

€ 69 600

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 294 975

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 279 738

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

ALTICE LABS SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 108 341

ECOLE SUPERIEURE MULTINATIONALE DES TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Senegal

EU Contribution

€ 72 000

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 129 615

NOORDWES-UNIVERSITEIT

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 106 035

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 269954

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    30 June 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 955 895

  • EU contribution

    € 2 046 000

Coordinated by:

GEIE ERCIM

France