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The MOSAIC Project: Mobile empowerment for socio-economic development in SA

February 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

 Mosaic Project

Through the MOSAIC Project, Infusion Knowledge Hub and partners are setting out to develop and test a framework that uses cloud-based applications, innovative low-cost internet delivery mechanisms and affordable mobile technologies to unlock new mobile business opportunities, especially in rural villages.

 

The project, funded by the European Union and Department of Science and Technology focuses on mobile empowerment for socio-economic development in South Africa utilising mobile technologies that allow the development and implementation of new business models and new business opportunities targeting micro enterprises and their customers in developing countries (like South Africa).

 

During the early project phases, currently underway, Infusion’s role will be to communicate the technical expertise of micro-entrepreneurs in South Africa and debate ways to package the product in a manner that will be most useful to these micro-entrepreneurs.

 

Infusion will further be investigating VSEs (Very Small Enterprises) to ensure a better understanding of the business capabilities of VSE business owners, their openness to technology and their desire to expand their business offerings. These aspects will act as a risk and opportunity analysis to help design appropriate business solutions for this market. During this phase Infusion will assist with running experiments with micro-entrepreneurs to test the likelihood for success of various design ideas and processes. This will ensure participatory design and assist with continuous improvement towards a product that can add value to the micro entrepreneur.

 

There are 6 partners in total involved in the MOSAIC project. From the South African side there is the University of Pretoria, EPI-USE and Infusion Knowledge Hub. From Europe the partners include Walt Disney (Switzerland), GraphicsMedia.net (Germany) and Associacao CCG/ZGDV (Portugal).

 

The MOSAIC project will run from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2015.

Tags: South Africa · Developing country · Community-based participatory research · Social development · Research

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