Report on Proceedings of the State Consultation
Mobile Phones: A Tool for Social & Behavior Change
Date: August 28-29, 2014
Venue: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
It was the third consultation in the series of ‘‘Mobile Phone as a Tool for Social & Behaviour Change” programme, a joint effort of UNICEF India and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) that aims to explore various projects where women, adolescent girls and youth have effectively used mobiles in areas of health, education, sanitation, environment and monitoring and training of frontline workers. Trying to examine the prospects of how mobile phones are bringing social and behavioural changes among frontline workers, DEF and UNICEF India are organizing five consultations in five states of the country. The first two consultations were organized in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu).
The main objective of the consultation was twofold – firstly to explore and understand various mobile-based practices that have been effectively using mobile phones in area of health, education, water and sanitation and women and empowerment. Secondly the objective was to create a formidable platform to provide knowledge on diverse mobile-based implemented projects and help in developing partnerships between state government and MSBC players.